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Like all other demographic shifts, it has come along slowly — but this is the month that Latinos are becoming the largest of California's ethnic components — with 39% of the population compared to 38.8% for non-Hispanic whites. That's not a big spread, but there long-term consequences for the Golden State are already under way. We hear about culture, economics and politics. Also, the Dodgers held their opening game in Australia and they'll play in San Diego on Sunday. But, most of their LA fans might not be able to see them on TV. 

hobbylobby.jpgLater, on To the Point, the US Supreme Court today heard spirited arguments on what could be this year's signature ruling.  Do the religious beliefs of business owners trump Affordable Care Act requirements for covering all kinds of contraceptives?  We hear about the Hobby Lobby case.

 

Banner image: Chris Phutully

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Evan George
Caitlin Shamberg

When Will the Rest of LA Get to Watch the Dodgers from Home? 6 MIN, 45 SEC

The Dodgers have emerged from bankruptcy in the Frank McCourt era with a team that shows signs of being a contender. But a substantial number of Major League Baseball's most loyal fans won't be able to watch them on TV. They have a new 24/7 Channel called SportsNet LA, bought by Time Warner for $8.35 billion over 25 years, but most of the LA market doesn't have Time Warner TV.

Guests:
Ramona Shelburne, ESPN Los Angeles (@ramonashelburne)
Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times (@BillShaikin)

More:
ESPN on MLB Commissioner Bud Selig's 'faith' in the Dodgers TV deal
LA Times on Dodger fans being shut out from viewing games

A Defining Moment in the Ethnic Makeup of California 18 MIN, 34 SEC

California is called "the world's largest experiment in social diversity." Since 1999, when whites fell below 50%, there's been no majority racial ethnic majority. This is the month, demographers say that Latinos are becoming the largest of all the minorities. Latinos are now 39% of the state's population; non-Hispanic whites 38.8%.  Asians are 12% and blacks are 6%, according to state statistics.  KCRW's Saul Gonzalez starts us off with a scene setter.

Guests:
Roberto Suro, University of Southern California (@robertosuro)
Arturo Vargas, National Organization of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (@ArturoNALEO)

More:
Suro's 'Strangers among Us: Latino Lives in a Changing America'

Strangers Among Us

Roberto Suro

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