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Artificial Turf, CicLAvia, Urban Farms, Typewriter Shop

Some parents are becoming increasingly concerned about the health of their children, who play on 27 L.A. city soccer fields covered with artificial turf containing crumb rubber. This material is made from recycled tires that have various carcinogens. Cara Santa Maria speaks with doctors, LAUSD and L.A. City Recreation and Parks officials about this potential hazard and what they are doing about it.

CicLAvia is a popular event that closes down major Los Angeles streets to allow cyclists to take over. Last December, for the first time, CicLAvia went through South Los Angeles, where residents suffer from higher than average obesity rates and other health risks. Nic Cha Kim, who lost 35 pounds when he took up cycling, asks if an event like this can have a positive health impact on area families.

Is it possible to bring farm living to the big city? An unusual family in Pasadena has proven it can be done. For more than ten years, the Dervaes have created a life of self-sufficiency, growing virtually all their own food in an average-size backyard, raising chickens and goats, using solar energy and a bio-fueled car. What inspired this kind of living? Val Zavala visits the Dervaes to find out.

In this keyboard-driven world, many consider typewriters as useful as a washboard. But in Highland Park, a specialty shop - passed from father to son - has thousands of parts meticulously organized to keep typewriters alive and clicking.

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It's Not Easy Being Green

Chopped down trees, unspent money, building homes thirty feet from the freeway: Is the city of Los Angeles falling down on the job when it comes to certain environmental policies? Socal Connected investigates.

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Jazz City

For decades Los Angeles has existed in the shadows of New York and Chicago when it comes to jazz, but that's now changing. L.A.'s jazz scene is on the upswing. Meet the people, places and sounds that are putting L.A. jazz back on the map. 

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The News Blues

The LA Times may have found its savior in Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, but how will the other local newsrooms in LA be rescued? SoCal Connected reports on one of the craziest years for local news in Southern California. Premieres October 9th at 8:00pm.

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Out of Bounds

One of the nation's top high school athletes was on a path to the NFL, but instead became the poster child for what's wrong with L.A.'s mental health system. "SoCal Connected" documents the life and times of Dorsey High's Antonio Carrion.

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Life In Plastic: California’s Recycling Woes

California’s recycling industry struggles as millions in public money sits unspent while landfills fill up, often with items intended to be recycled.

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Divide and Conquer

Gerrymandering is one of the most effective tools to manipulate an election and guarantee a win. "SoCal Connected" profiles how some local governments have used political borders to dilute minorities' power, and what is being done about it. "SoCal Connected" won its first (and KCET's second) Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism for its work on this episode. 

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