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A cross erected 75 years ago in a remote part of California's Mojave Desert took front and center today at the US Supreme Court. We hear about the latest case on the separation of church and state.  Also, the Dodgers get ready for tonight's first playoff game. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Despite talk about economic "recovery," unemployment's at 9.8% and full employment isn't likely again until 2017. We hear what it's like to get laid off and how hard is it to get re-hired. What can the government do now?

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Andrea Brody
Sonya Geis

Main Topic The Cross in the Mojave Desert 18 MIN, 21 SEC

To say that a cross honors only dead Christian soldiers is "an outrageous conclusion." That's according to US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia today during arguments about a First World War memorial erected on federal land in California's Mojave Desert 75 years ago.  A National Park Service employee, even though he's a Catholic himself, complained that the cross favored one religion over all others.

Guests:
David Savage, Los Angeles Times (@latimes)
Barry Lynn, Executive Director, Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Kelly Shackelford, Chief Counsel, Liberty Legal Institute

Main Topic Is a 'Jobless Recovery' Not a Recovery after All? 26 MIN, 53 SEC

The US economy needs 100,000 new jobs every month just to keep up with growth in the population. Instead, more than 200,000 a month are disappearing. The average rate of unemployment is 9.8 percent and it’s rising. How long will it take for the economy to replace all those lost jobs? Where will the new jobs come from?

Guests:
Sudeep Reddy, Wall Street Journal (@Reddy)
Peter Goodman, Huffington Post (@petersgoodman)
Ellen Hartnett, temporary employee

Past Due

Peter Goodman

Reporter's Notebook It's Playoff Time for Major League Baseball 7 MIN, 41 SEC

The Los Angeles Dodgers are at it again, facing off against the St. Louis Cardinals for a shot at the World Series. With 95 wins, LA's boys in blue have the best record in the National League, but that's not making them a favorite. Ramona Shelburne was at the stadium as Manny Ramirez and company were getting ready for tonight's game.

Guests:
Ramona Shelburne, ESPN Los Angeles (@ramonashelburne)

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