Val Zavala EnviroSpecial

Guerrilla Gardeners

They appear at night, working in the shadows. Within a matter of hours they transform ugly patches of neglected public land into urban gardens. No permits, no licenses, no permissions. Is it illegal? Yes. But that doesn't stop this nocturnal group of succulent-loving laborers.

Their leader is Scott, who has been guerrilla gardening for more than 20 years. His backyard is a virtual nursery, with tens of thousands of succulents and cacti of all sizes, waiting to be planted in guerrilla gardens from Long Beach to Whittier. Val Zavala met up with the group for a night dig in Hollywood to find out how they work and what motivates these unauthorized horticulturalists.

Val Zavala at Scott's home nursery.

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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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Food to Fuel, U.S. Bank Tower, Educated and Homeless, Handful of Cards

Season 7, Episode 17

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 lives in his car.

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

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Environmental Special #1

Joshua Tree National Park - Are we loving our parks to death? The popularity of Joshua Tree area is bringing stress and damage to this beautiful park. Frozen Garden - Can endangered plants be saved by freezing them? Can they survive super cold temperatures? Scientists at Huntington Gardens are hopeful. Eco-Village Living - Can you live in harmony with nature in the middle of the city? A communal village in the middle of Koreatown has stook the test of time.

  • 2017-07-11T13:00:00-07:00
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On The Cutting Edge

A look into cutting-edge environmental practices at a farm where soil is king; a visit to an incubator for green business entrepreneurs; and a hopeful discussion with a climate scientist.

  • 2017-07-18T13:00:00-07:00
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  • 2017-07-20T14:00:00-07:00
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  • 2017-07-22T05:30:00-07:00
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