Private Property sign in foreground with beach behind it | Still from "Access Denied" on SoCal Connected

Rising Tuition and Growing Food Insecurity Make Free Food Pantries Vital for Some Students

Finding one nutritious meal a day, let alone three, is becoming an ever more difficult task for many college students who face rising tuition and growing food insecurity. The Westside Food Bank in Santa Monica provides canned food, fruits, and vegetables to the free food pantry at UCLA. Val Zavala talks to the food bank's director of development, Genevieve Riutort, to find out just how essential their services have become.






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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.

  • 2020-10-21T22:00:00-07:00

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.

  • 2020-10-28T22:00:00-07:00


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

  • 2020-11-04T21:00:00-08:00
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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.

  • 2020-11-11T21:00:00-08:00