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Vaccination Battle

Contagious diseases that were long thought to be under control are returning in alarming numbers. Health officials believe these spikes may be a result of more and more parents waiting to vaccinate or not vaccinating their children at all. As a result, the state of California has mandated the Whooping Cough vaccine for all students from 7th to 12th grade. Correspondent Laurel Erickson explores why 'Personal Belief Exemptions' have increased four-fold in recent years, with some parents more concerned about the vaccines than the diseases they prevent.

Continuing the health theme, we take a look at diabetes among African-Americans. The rate has tripled in the last 30 years. Today over 3 million black men have the disease - 12 percent in Los Angeles alone. Podiatrist Dr. Bill Releford has dedicated his life to decreasing that statistic. Every weekend, he makes house calls at local barbershops spreading the word about the dangers of diabetes. Anyone who comes by gets a trim and a free check-up, as well as advice on healthy eating. Releford hopes his barbershop clinics will keep these men from becoming his long-term patients.

Finally, satirist Brian Unger opines about the high cost of animal healthcare.



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Organic Waste, U.S. Bank Tower, Educated and Homeless, Handful of Cards

Season 7, Episode 27

Food scraps are turned into fuel at a state-of-the-art Orange County recycling center.

A close-up view of the colorful light show from the top of downtown's U.S. Bank tower. 

A graduate student at UCLA has a secret. He has chosen to live in his car.

The amazing dexterity of twins who have mastered the art of "cardistry." 

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The Wrongly Convicted

Season 7, Episode 18

A special in-depth look at two men who were imprisoned for crimes they did not commit and their efforts to get just compensation after being freed. 
 

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Silicon Beach on a Wave

Season 7, Episode 20

Hi-tech companies have flocked to Venice, Santa Monica and Playa Vista combining digital technology with entertainment. Will Silicon Beach be more diverse than Silicon Valley? And how are long-time residents fighting back against gentrification?

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Hyperloop, Robotic Parking, Vintage Steam Train

Season 7, Episode 21

Two competing L.A. companies are developing a "hyperloop" to move people at 750 mph in a frictionless tube. Can it really work?

At a high-tech garage in West Hollywood a computerized robotic system 'stacks' cars for efficient use of parking space.

In Fillmore, a 1913 steam powered locomotive is still going strong giving passengers an authentic taste of classic railroad travel. 

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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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