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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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'Who Approved That?,' 'Super Soil,' and 'Oil Activist'

As developments continue to pop up all over L.A., some residents are questioning who approves them. SoCal Connected takes a deep dive into L.A.'s housing and asks if the single family home is an endangered species 

It's considered some of the richest super soil in California. Get a close look at the idyllic Apricot Farms, where cutting-edge environmental practices and old school farming techniques are producing some of the purest produce around.

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'Blowing Concerns,' 'Comeback Kids' and 'Family Savings Plan'

In a joint investigation with FairWarning, SoCal Connected looks at the politics behind regulating California's largest polluter: backyard motorized equipment like leaf blowers and lawn mowers. 

The California Condor is back from the brink of extinction but the job is far from over. Find out what it takes to keep a species surviving and thriving.

Would you switch from gas to veggie oil to run your car? how about stop flying on airplanes? Those are just some of the ways a local family has cut their energy use by ninety percent.

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30 Years with Val Zavala

Val Zavala, whose presence has been an integral part of the Southern California media landscape for three decades, is retiring. Her legacy as a news anchor/producer, Latina role model and an award-winning journalist deeply involved in the community she covers will be recognized in a special tribute episode of "SoCal Connected."

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'Freelance Nation' and 'Made in L.A.'

With the rise of the super-temp, comes the increase income inequality. What happens when half the workforce are gig workers? SoCal Connected follows an Uber driver who lost his job and is struggling to support his family as an independent contractor. 

How one of L.A.'s most successful entrepreneurs, Cisco Pinedo, is building a brand, furniture and community all at the same time.

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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 year 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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