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Urban Farming: A Food Desert Oasis

KCET is working with community partners in El Monte and South El Monte to learn about the health and nutrition options available to residents in both cities and throughout the San Gabriel Valley and beyond. Help us understand more by taking this survey. (Spanish version here.

Can an urban farm make a difference in a community labeled a food desert? "SoCal Connected" goes to South El Monte where Earthworks, an urban farm, is changing the diets of families and children. Reporter Cara Santa Maria profiles the Morales family who has found that being a member of Earthworks is a way to return to their roots.

Featuring Interviews With:

  • Ofelia Aguilar, director, Akitoi Learning Center
  • Claudia Morales, mental health therapist
  • Polo Morales, political director, Coalition of Humane Immigrant Rights of L.A.
  • Clare Fox, director of Policy and Innovation, L.A. Food Policy Council
  • Marianne Zaugg, development director, SGVCC Earthworks Farm
  • Teresa Wong, farm-to-table coordinator, SGVCC Earthworks Farm
  • Pre-school students: Renay, Julianna, Natalia, Lilah
  • Mario Espinoza, parent

Full Episodes

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Out of Bounds

One of the nation's top high school athletes was on a path to the NFL, but instead became the poster child for what's wrong with L.A.'s mental health system. "SoCal Connected" documents the life and times of Dorsey High's Antonio Carrion.

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Divide and Conquer

Gerrymandering is one of the most effective tools to manipulate an election and guarantee a win. "SoCal Connected" profiles how some local governments have used political borders to dilute minorities' power, and what is being done about it. "SoCal Connected" won its first (and KCET's second) Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism for its work on this episode. 

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Blood Money

A look at the profiteering behind two of America's fastest growing diseases affecting millions of Californians.

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People vs. Kiera Newsome

One woman strives to prove her innocence from behind bars, while a team of pro-bono lawyers and students fight the odds to get her out.

  • 2019-06-11T13:00:00-07:00
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Heat

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

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