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West Coast ports, including LA and Long Beach, opened again today, but a nine-month impasse has yet to be broken and goods are moving slowly.  Is it all about the fate of a single arbitrator? Will dire predictions about the impact on the nation's economy turn out as bad as they sound?

Also, is a presidential library a repository of history or a device for polishing a former chief executive's image? Saul Gonzalez talks to the latest director of Richard Nixon’s library and museum in Orange County. 

Photo: Wendell

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Evan George

The West Coast Ports and the US Economy 15 MIN, 58 SEC

The President has sent Labor Secretary Tom Perez to San Francisco to try to bring longshore workers and West Coast shippers together after nine months of working without a contract. The shippers claim workers have slowed things down — so they shut 29 ports for three days to avoid paying holiday premiums.

Guests:
Justin Pritchard, Associated Press (@lalanewsman)
Christopher Thornberg, Beacon Economics
Chris Phillips, Pacific Maritime magazine

More:
Kantor's LA Times op-ed on the ports' slowdown
Pritchard on port talks focusing on arbitrator David Miller
Cargoland: KCRW's unflinching look at the lives riding the waves of supply and demand

Nixon Controversy Follows President to His Library 10 MIN, 22 SEC

Chicago and Honolulu are in the running for the Obama Presidential Library. Closer to home, a new director's been chosen for Orange County's Richard Nixon Presidential Library. As befitting a controversial and divisive figure, there's question as to whether Michael Ellzey is the right man for the job. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez talked to him in Yorba Linda. He also spoke with historian Anthony Clark, the author of The Last Campaign, a forthcoming book about the presidential library system.

You can see more images of the Nixon Library and Museum on our WWLA blog.

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)

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