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After today's legal arguments and judicial questioning, the US Supreme Court will probably take until June to rule on same-sex marriage. Advocates have targeted California's Proposition 8, which banned such unions five years ago. Also, how the "sequester" is cutting into the future of scientific research in space and medicine.

Banner image: Anti-Proposition 8 protesters wave a rainbow flag in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, March 26, 2013. Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Producers:
Kerry Cavanaugh
Anna Scott
Christian Bordal

Main Topic The US Supreme Court and Same-Sex Marriage 42 MIN, 39 SEC

After this morning's hour and twenty minutes of legal arguments and judicial questioning, the US Supreme Court will probably take until June to rule on the issue of same-sex marriage. Gay marriage advocates have targeted California's Proposition 8, which banned such unions five years ago. The justices have a plateful of options to consider. Will they uphold Prop 8?  Will they rule that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right? As public opinion has shifted, will a court majority leave the issue up to different voters in different states?  We hear excerpts from both sides, learn what the justices wanted to know, get analysis and perhaps even a brave prediction or two.

Guests:
David Savage, Los Angeles Times (@latimes)
David Cruz, University of Southern California (@ProfDavidCruz)
Ryan Anderson, Heritage Foundation (@RyanT_Anderson)
Rick Jacobs, Courage Campaign (@rickjacobs)
Andrew Kohut, Pew Research Center (@pewresearch)

What Is Marriage?

Ryan Anderson, Sherif Girgis and others

Reporter's Notebook Sequester Cuts Take a Bite out of Science 9 MIN, 24 SEC

Scientific research is “not an activity that you can turn on and off from year to year.” That's according to the former director of the National Institutes of Health, who says last month's budget cuts will be a “disaster” for progress in medicine. Last week, Congress approved major cuts for NASA. What does it all mean for the future of science? Ian Chant is science and technology writer and senior editor at the website Geekosystem.com.

Guests:
Ian Chant, Geekosystem.com (@ianchant)

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