Val Zavala EnviroSpecial

Artificial Turf, CicLAvia, Urban Farms, Typewriter Shop

Season 6, Episode 37

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.

Upcoming Airdates

Season 7 Episode 35

  • 2017-06-24T05:30:00-07:00
  • 2017-06-25T11:30:00-07:00

Human Trafficking, Driving in the 1930s, Derelict Icons, Cuddle Sanctuary

Season 7, Episode 24

Young girls sold on the streets of L.A. are victims of human trafficking.

Weekly hug sessions give people the benefits of human touch.

Classic automobiles get new life without losing their weathered charm.

Historical footage of a dangerous Hollywood intersection before traffic signals.

  • 2017-06-27T13:00:40-07:00
  • 2017-06-29T14:00:00-07:00
  • 2017-07-01T05:30:00-07:00
  • 2017-07-02T11:30:00-07:00

Food to Fuel, U.S. Bank Tower, Educated and Homeless, Handful of Cards

Season 7, Episode 17

Food scraps are turned into fuel at a state-of-the-art Orange County recycling center.

A close-up view of the colorful light show from the top of downtown's U.S. Bank Tower.

A graduate student at UCLA has a secret. He lives in his car.

The amazing dexterity of those who have mastered the art of "cardistry."

  • 2017-07-06T14:00:00-07:00
  • 2017-07-08T05:30:00-07:00
  • 2017-07-09T11:30:00-07:00

Environmental Special #1

Joshua Tree National Park - Are we loving our parks to death? The popularity of Joshua Tree area is bringing stress and damage to this beautiful park. Frozen Garden - Can endangered plants be saved by freezing them? Can they survive super cold temperatures? Scientists at Huntington Gardens are hopeful. Eco-Village Living - Can you live in harmony with nature in the middle of the city? A communal village in the middle of Koreatown has stook the test of time.

  • 2017-07-11T13:00:00-07:00
  • 2017-07-13T14:00:00-07:00
  • 2017-07-15T05:30:00-07:00
  • 2017-07-16T11:30:00-07:00

On The Cutting Edge

A look into cutting-edge environmental practices at a farm where soil is king; a visit to an incubator for green business entrepreneurs; and a hopeful discussion with a climate scientist.

  • 2017-07-18T13:00:00-07:00
  • 2017-07-20T14:00:00-07:00
  • 2017-07-22T05:30:00-07:00
  • 2017-07-23T11:30:00-07:00