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Bringing Back Broadway, Wild Donkeys, Tiny Houses, American Purgatory

In this episode of "SoCal Connected," reporter Nick Hardcastle explores downtown L.A.'s Broadway Theater District. Multi-million dollar restorations of beautiful Art Deco theaters are returning the district to its former glory. However, the revival adds momentum to the area's gentrification, and hurts long-standing family businesses by forcing them out of their retail spaces. Reporter Nick Hardcastle talks with a historian, theater owners and small business owners for their perspectives on the "Broadway comeback."

Grazing on the open land of Moreno Valley are hundreds of wild donkeys. No one knows exactly how they got there, but they do know that several have been killed by passing cars. Reporter Derrick Shore visits a rescue group called DonkeyLand, whose job is made harder when humans befriend the wild donkeys.

Southern Californians may love their sprawling ranch homes, but there is a counter-trend that is appealing to a growing number of homeowners - tiny houses. Anchor Val Zavala looks at the appeal of living in about 800 square feet, and visits a well-designed tiny house that looks and feels spacious.

The masterful talents of painter Marc Trujillo are applied to gas stations, Costco aisles and fast food restaurants. He renders commercial scenes with realistic precision that rivals the Dutch masters. Why do these "nowhere places" inspire and fascinate Trujillo?

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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.

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Under the Influence

Influencers - they are powerful, persuasive, and they are everywhere. Marketers use them to reach you, to form what you buy, how you live, and what you do. You may not know it, but you could be living under the influence.

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Heat

How hot will your neighborhood get? "SoCal Connected" looks at the ground-level effects of climate change on southern California.

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The New Normal

California's wildfires are more severe and deadlier than ever before. Debates are raging as to what to do, who will pay for billions of dollars in damage and what can be done to lessen the destruction as California adjusts to its new normal: year-around fire.

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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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