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SoCal Connected

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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The Fight to Know

In 2019, California, one of the nation’s most secretive states when it comes to police files, put SB1421 into effect. But a year into the new transparency law, journalists and the public are realizing that the law may not be as transparent as expected.
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Fire Station 9

Take a rare behind-the-scenes look inside the busiest fire station in the country, where firefighters act as both primary care providers and emergency responders for the nearly 5,000 people living on Skid Row.
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27:20
SoCal Connected

Cannabis Country

State and local regulators are overwhelmed and outgunned when it comes to closing down California’s poisonous pot pipeline.
Students sit at a desk | Still from SoCal Connected's "Under Pressure"
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SoCal Connected

Under Pressure

Parents are willing to spend thousands to get the competitive edge in the college admissions process, but at what cost? Socal Connected takes a revealing look at the high stakes world of the for-profit education consultant business.
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27:20
SoCal Connected

Born to Run

Socal Connected looks at what happened to LA Jets’ Obea Moore and the current state of youth track and field today.
Private Property sign in foreground with beach behind it | Still from "Access Denied" on SoCal Connected
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26:11
SoCal Connected

Access Denied

An investigation reveals how the state and many cities have let developers get away for decades with not paying their fair share when they replace affordable lodging with luxury hotels up and down California’s coast.
Two people hugging at memorial with photo of deceased next to them | Still from SoCal Connected, "Who Killed Josiah?", Courtesy Mark McKenna
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28:43
SoCal Connected

Who Killed Josiah?

A Humboldt town is polarized over allegations of racism and police incompetence surrounding the death of college student Josiah Lawson.
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26:36
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Life In Plastic: California’s Recycling Woes

As California deals with the fallout of a global waste crisis, plastic manufacturers continue to spread misleading information about recycling, while spending big on lobbying efforts to keep their products on the shelves.
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26:20
SoCal Connected

Jazz City

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