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Socal Connected Airs Pre-, Post-Election Analysis From Political Experts

The Award-Winning Series will Also Delve into Local Issues Influencing the Election including Economic Disparities and "Dirty" Campaigns

SoCal Connected, continues its compelling coverage of the most important issues affecting Southern Californian voters with insightful political discussions both before and after the election hosted by special contributor Madeleine Brand and anchor Val Zavala, respectively. Vince Gonzales also reports on an exclusive, hard-hitting SoCal Connected investigation of one of Huntington Park's officials whose connections and influence are under fire with the city and its residents.

This week's episode highlights include:

MONDAY, November 5

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Correspondent Vince Gonzales offers a tale of how the stark differences in the economies of two Southern Californian cities may affect the votes of their residents. In San Bernardino, bankruptcies and joblessness are on the minds of every early voter interviewed in this once prosperous suburb, while in Long Beach, some residents feel the tide is beginning to turn, which reported some of the highest job growth in the country, according to the October federal jobs report.

Plus, special contributor Madeleine Brand, accompanied by leading political analyst Dr. Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, and Bob Stern, President of the Center for Governmental Studies, dissect the local and national candidates and how this election will affect Americans and Californians alike.

TUESDAY, November 6
Election Day - Pre-empted by BBC

WEDNESDAY, November 7
SoCal Connected correspondent Judy Muller takes viewers through the "time-honored tradition" of mud-slinging. She offers notable examples of ugly campaigns dating back to the early1800's and why very little has changed in "dirty" politics.

And, Patt Morrison of KPCC and the Los Angeles Times, SoCal Connected contributor, screenwriter and author John Ridley and Brian Doherty, Senior Editor at *Reason *magazine, along with SoCal Connected anchor Val Zavala, analyze the most pressing and controversial outcomes of the election and what the new measures and incumbents will mean for SoCal residents.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8
Correspondent Vince Gonzales has an exclusive investigation into charges of overcharging and conflict of interest by a key city official in Huntington, Calif., a scrappy city bordering scandal plagued Bernon, Bell and Cudahy.

And Madeleine Brand interviews legendary author, Tom Wolfe (The Right Stuff and The Bonfire of the Vanities) about his new novel Back to Blood, a panoramic story of the new America.

SoCal Connected airs nightly on Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. with an encore episode at 10:30 p.m. Bret Marcus is executive producer and Rebecca Haggerty is co-executive producer.

SoCal Connected, winner of the Peabody and duPont-Columbia awards, 17 Emmy® Awards, 19 Golden Mikes, 41 LA Press Club Awards, two Gracie Awards, and three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, including Best News Documentary and *Los Angeles* Magazine's "Best New Local TV Program" of 2009, airs nightly at 7 p.m. with encores at 10:30 p.m. exclusively on KCET. For more information, to view episodes online or to leave comments, please visit www.socalconnected.org

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