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Black History Month: MLK Special

In honor of Black History Month, a repeat of the MLK Day special: three separate discussions focused on politics; arts and entertainment; and living in a "post-racial society." The expert panelists focus on issues such as what the reelection of President Obama signifies in terms of the country's racial tolerance; the state of the African-American population in terms of demographics and jobs in Southern California; and the current status of African Americans in the entertainment industry. Guests include Joe Hicks, vice president of Community Advocates; Los Angeles Times contributing editor Erin Aubry Kaplan; author and screenwriter John Ridley; Charmaine Jefferson, executive director of the California African American Museum; Prof. Frank Gillian, dean of UCLA's Luskin School of Public Policy; and Fernando Guerra, director of the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles.



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Homeless Special

On any given night, 47,000 men, women, and children live on the streets of Los Angeles – sleeping in tents, cars, on sidewalks, and in emergency shelters. The enormity of the homeless crisis led SoCal Connected to ask the difficult questions: How do we create more affordable housing? Are we willing to pay for critical services such as mental health counseling, medical care, job training, and alcohol/drug rehab programs? With limited resources available, how do we decide who gets helped first? And how do we prevent more people from ending up on the streets every day?

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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.

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Safe Parking for the Homeless, Freezing Plants, L.A. Eco-Village, Penguins and iPads

Season 7, Episode 25

Homeless people living in cars and vans need safe overnight parking. Does Santa Barbara have the solution? 

A scientist at the Huntington Botanical Gardens is finding a way to freeze succulents that could go extinct. 

The Eco-Village is an "intentional community" of people who live sustainably, affordably and cooperatively in the middle of LA.

Penguins at the Aquarium of the Pacific enjoy chasing virtual mice on an iPad. 

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