Local PBS SoCaL Programs for August

Posted by Michelle Merker on
Election night, 1973
Tom Bradley Legacy Foundation UCLA

There is a cure for the summertime blues… it’s our line-up of locally originated and produced programs, presented by PBS SoCaL.


As we mark the 50th anniversary of the Watts Riots in Los Angeles, PBS SoCaL will premiere Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race. Former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley was the first African American to be elected mayor in a major U.S. city with an overwhelmingly white majority. Bradley’s coalition of African Americans, Jews, white liberals, Latinos and Asian Americans united a divided city, brought inclusion and access, and set the foundation for sustainable inter-racial coalitions that later encouraged the elections of minority candidates nationwide, most notably President Barack Obama.  At the same time, the film examines the complexities and contradictions of Bradley’s career as a bridge builder. Bridging the Divide will air August 18 at 8pm. Please visit the Bridging the Divide web page for more information.


Children of Internment features first-hand accounts of German families interned by the United States in over 200 detention camps during World War II.  This revealing documentary airs August 1 at 8pm on PBS SoCaL plus.  


September means back to school, and more quality programming!