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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

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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.

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Under the Influence

Influencers - they are powerful, persuasive, and they are everywhere. Marketers use them to reach you, to form what you buy, how you live, and what you do. You may not know it, but you could be living under the influence.

  • 2019-04-02T13:00:00-07:00
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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.

  • 2019-04-09T13:00:00-07:00
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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.

  • 2019-04-16T13:00:00-07:00
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It's Not Easy Being Green

Chopped down trees, unspent money, building homes thirty feet from the freeway: Is the city of Los Angeles falling down on the job when it comes to certain environmental policies? Socal Connected investigates.

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