August 11, 2011

The Economy: A Survival Guide

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- What can you do to protect yourself during these uncertain economic times? Two of the region's leading news organizations distinguished for their award-winning local coverage, KCET's SoCal Connected and American Public Media's Marketplace®, will present a special report on how Southern California can weather the national economic crisis.

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Hosted by Kai Ryssdal of APM's Marketplace®, The Economy: A Survival Guide provides a recap of the week's financial market activity and features some of the area's leading economic forecasters in a special roundtable discussion on steps Angelenos can take to help to fortify their investments against further financial loss.

The report, which is a special edition of SoCal Connected, airs Friday, Aug. 12 at 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m.

The show's all-star panel, moderated by Ryssdal, includes Dan Schnur, Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California; Chris Thornberg, Founding Partner, Beacon Economics; and Liz Weston, an award-winning, nationally-syndicated personal finance columnist.

About SoCal Connected

SoCal Connected, KCET's hard-hitting weekly news program, covers the economy, healthcare, the environment and local issues. Winner of the Peabody Award, 14 Emmys®, 15 Golden Mikes, including Best News Public Affairs Show, 25 Los Angeles Press Club awards for journalism, recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award for Best News Documentary, and Los Angeles Magazine's "Best New Local TV Program" of 2009, SoCal Connected airs Wednesday (8:30 - 9:00 p.m.), Fridays (8:30 - 9:00 p.m.), Saturdays (6:00 - 6:30 p.m.), and Sundays (6:30 - 7:00 p.m.) exclusively on KCET. For more information, to view episodes online or to post comments, please visit

SoCal Connected is made possible through the generous support of The Ahmanson Foundation, serving the Los Angeles community since 1952; The California Endowment; Jim and Anne Rothenberg; Maddocks-Brown Foundation; The Elizabeth Hofert-Dailey Trust; The John Randolph Haynes & Dora Haynes Foundation; The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, UCLA and U.S. Bank.

About Kai Ryssdal

Kai Ryssdal took the reins as host of Marketplace in August 2005. He previously hosted the Marketplace Morning Report for more than four years.

Before joining Marketplace, Kai was a reporter and substitute host for The California Report, a news and information program distributed to public radio stations throughout California by KQED-FM in San Francisco. His radio work has won first place awards from the Radio and Television News Directors Association and the national Public Radio News Directors Association.

About Marketplace

Marketplace is a portfolio of programs that includes the Marketplace weekday afternoon program, the weekday Marketplace Morning Report and Marketplace Money, an hour-long weekend program focusing on personal finance. The programs are heard each week by approximately eight million listeners according to Arbitron estimates -- more than any other business program on radio or television. Los Angeles-based Marketplace has won numerous awards, including an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia award and a George Foster Peabody award. Marketplace segments revolve around money and business, people, local economies and the world with the signature Marketplace sound and wit. Marketplace desks include Entrepreneurship; Sustainability; Innovation in Raleigh, N.C., in partnership with WUNC; Work and Family; Health in partnership with WGBH in Boston; and the America's Desk in Miami, Fla., in partnership with WLRN. Marketplace also has bureaus in New York, Washington, D.C., London and Beijing.

About KCET

On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET currently produces the Emmy®, duPont-Columbia and Peabody Award-winning SoCal Connected, a hard-hitting prime-time weekly television news program that examines the issues and people of Southern California. Throughout its more than 40-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, KCET is a donor-supported community institution. More than half of the funds raised to support KCET's operating budget come from individual support. For additional information about KCET productions, Web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit