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JOHN YDSTIE, host:
This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm John Ydstie.
Coming up, flipping past those annoying ads without your TiVo. But first…
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YDSTIE: More than 40 percent of the goods that come into this country pass through the massive complexes at the port of Los Angeles, Long Beach. The channel there is a hubbub of shipping tankers, jet skis, house boats and cruise ships - all potential cover for hazardous cargo or a terrorist attack.
One of the agencies that safeguards that channel is the port police, patrolling in unsinkable vessels called safe boats.
Unidentified Man: It's the same as a patrol car, but we're doing it on the water.
YDSTIE: Next week, NPR's Scott Simon visits the port of Los Angeles and the rest of that city - from a monastery at the foot of the famous Hollywood sign to the steps where Laurel and Hardy hauled a piano in the movie "The Music Box," to Los Angeles International Airport, to a Muslim wine taster who sniffs but doesn't sip, and a production company that makes mockbuster B movie DVDs.
Tune in next week.