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Alex Chadwick sits in for Warren Olney with "WWLA?" on KCRW to talk about the port strike in Southern California, now a week old with no reports of progress in talks. What’s at stake? Warren be on with the To The Point part of the show a little later – he’s talking about a series of same sex marriage legal challenges before the Supreme Court, which appear in no hurry to hear any of them.

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Evan George
Sonya Geis

Main Topic The US Supreme Court, Politics and Same Sex Marriage 24 MIN, 57 SEC

US Supreme Court watchers are playing a waiting game in regard to same-sex marriage. As the justices work out their differences behind closed doors, we’ll look at the options—and the potential consequences for the law and for politics.

Polls show the trend in favor of same-sex marriage is growing fast. For the first time in US history, it was approved by voters in three of last month’s elections, rather than in legislative chambers. It’s now legal in nine states and the District of Columbia. Friday—and again today—it was expected the US Supreme Court would take up the matter. Both sides are waiting anxiously for action on Friday. That provides more time to consider the options, legal, political and moral.

Guests:
Douglas NeJaime, University of California, Irvine (@loyolalawblog)
Rick Jacobs, Courage Campaign (@rickjacobs)
John Eastman, National Organization for Marriage (@Chapman_Law)
Casey Pick, Programs Director for the Log Cabin Republicans

Reporter's Notebook Mars Rover “Curiosity” Tests the Soil for Water and Carbon 6 MIN, 10 SEC

The Rover Curiosity settled on the planet just four months ago. Today, NASA hosted a news conference to fill us in on the latest findings…and with a lot of speculation that the findings are big… historic.

Guests:
Dawn Sumner, Geobiologist at the University of California, Davis and a member of the science team for “Curiosity,” the latest rover put on Mars by the Jet Propulsion Lab and NASA.

Main Topic Seventh Day of Strike at the Ports of LA and Long Beach 18 MIN, 51 SEC

Several hundred clerical workers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach – without a contract for two-and-a-half years – began a strike last week. Other longshoremen honored the picket lines, and on the front page of today’s LA Times, you can see the result – a large photo of idle cranes and very large ships at anchor beyond them. The mayor says get this settled. And a question about that billion dollar number – from the man who says – that’s my estimate, and I don’t like it anymore.

Guests:
Jock O'Connell, International Trade Economist with Beacon Economics
Craig Merrilees, International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU).
Steve Getzug, Pacific Maritime Association (@smgetzug)

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