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Fighting Unfair Traffic Traps in L.A.

One Los Angeles resident has, by his own estimate, cost the city over $1 million dollars, but he isn't making any apologies. In fact, many are calling him a hero. SoCal Connected correspondent Laurel Erickson takes a look at one man who fought the law - and won. His victory resulted in the end of a lucrative traffic trap and is now saving drivers thousands of dollars. Next, Craig Stanford, co-director of The Jane Goodall Institute at USC, sits down with Madeleine Brand to discuss his book "Planet Without Apes". And finally, an animal story that will touch your heart: a gorilla is reunited with the British conservationist who raised him as a baby in England and returned him to Africa.




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Housing Hopes and Promises, 'Feathers of Fire': Shadow Theater

Season 7, Episode 23

For decades, residents in one of LA's biggest public housing projects have been waiting for new homes. Has the time finally come? 

A story from Persian mythology is told in spectacular form with puppets, masks, digital imagery and light. 
 

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Bugs as Food, Freezing Plants, Eco-Village, Penguins and iPads

Season 7, Episode 28

The popularity of bugs as food is growing. Could insects be our next big food source?

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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Urban Coyotes, Beekeeping, the Art of Taxidermy

Season 7, Episode 9

There is a growing awareness and concern about coyotes in Southern California. Many residents are concerned that their pets and even toddlers could be hurt or killed by coyotes. 

For the first time in more than a century, the Los Angeles City Council officially legalized urban beekeeping in single family homes in October 2015.

Taxidermy is very much alive at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

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Black Lives Matter, Kern County Shootings, Skid Row Cop

Season 7, Episode 11

Shootings of unarmed black males nationwide have ignited discussions about the lack of concern for African-Americans. Following the killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Ezell Ford in L.A, the Black Lives Matter movement was formed.

A disproportionate number of police killings sparks demands for change.

A police officer brings authority and humanity to a tough beat. 

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Dangerous Drones, 54 Kitchens, Board Gamers

Season 7, Episode 14

The dramatic rise in drones has sparked new government regulations.

A single building contains 54 commercial kitchens designed to give creative chefs a boost.     

A cafe attracts board game lovers who want a break from tech-based entertainment.
 

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Mountain Lions, 'The Nomad,' Service Dogs

Season 7, Episode 4.

The story of two mountain lions trying to survive in an urban environment. An artist who is losing her sight has created an exquisite tiny house. Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are finding help managing their symptoms in man's best friend.

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