Start watching
Tending Nature poster 2021

Tending Nature

Start watching

Southland Sessions

Start watching

Earth Focus

Start watching

Reporter Roundup

Start watching

City Rising

Start watching

Lost LA

Start watching
Your donation supports our high-quality, inspiring and commercial-free programming.
Support Icon
Learn about the many ways to support KCET.
Support Icon
Contact our Leadership, Advancement and Special Events teams.

Trained to Be Thrifty

This is video of my entrepreneurial moment at the Glendale Swap meet. I am selling a hat rack to a lucky bargain hunter. Since we were doing a shoot at the Glendale Flea market, I took the opportunity to rid my garage of a few choice items. When all was said and sold I netted a whole $9 bucks!

This week’s program looks at how people are working to make a few extra dollars - or save a few extra dollars - in tough times.

I’m no stranger to the thrift economy. I grew up with four siblings in tight quarters, a Mexican father who shopped at yard sales, and a frugal mother who ignored expiration dates. I’ve often thought that if my father had brought the Ten Commandments down from the mountain they would’ve gone something like this:

I am the earner and saver. Thou shall not buy retail.
Thou shall make no idle purchases before me.
Thou shall not use your allowance in vain.
Remember to keep the payday holy.
Honor thy mother’s coupons.
Thou shall not kill time, because time is money.
Thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s wife. She spends too much on shoes.
Thou shall get a “steal” whenever possible.
Thou shall not lie - unless it gets you into the movie for less.
Thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s goods, unless he paid less than you did.

And so as we move collectively into austerity mode, I can thank my parents for training me well.

Support Provided By
Support Provided By
Read More
Nurse Yvonne Yaory checks on a coronavirus patient who is connected to a ventilator. | Heidi de Marco/California Healthline

No More ICU Beds at the Main Public Hospital in the Nation’s Largest County as COVID Surges

As COVID patients have flooded into LAC+USC in recent weeks, they’ve put an immense strain on its ICU capacity and staff — especially since non-COVID patients, with gunshot wounds, drug overdoses, heart attacks and strokes, also need intensive care.
Vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. | LAist

Your No-Panic Guide to the COVID-19 Vaccine: Is It Safe, and When Can I Get It?

Here's what we know about the COVID-19 vaccines and how they will be distributed in L.A. County.
Nurse Michael Lowman gets the first dose of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from nurse practitioner Christie Aiello at Providence St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, CA, on Dec. 16, 2020. | Jeff Gritchen/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty

Orange County Gets First Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine

A Providence St. Joseph Hospital nurse was the first person in Orange County today to be vaccinated for COVID-19, shortly followed by other health care workers.