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10:10 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Is Drought Slowly Killing US Farms?

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 11:13 am

Farmers and ranchers continue to suffer from one of the country's worst droughts in 50 years. President Obama recently announced the government will buy up to $170 million of meat from farmers. But some say it's too little too late. Guest host Jacki Lyden speaks with Virginia farmer John Boyd and Harvest Public Media reporter Peggy Lowe.

Economy
10:10 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Retail Sales Jump, But Are They High Enough?

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 4:30 pm

July saw the largest retail sales increase in months, according to the Commerce Department. But not all the news is rosy. NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax joins guest host Jacki Lyden to take a look at consumer spending and the "back to school" season.

All Songs Considered
9:43 am
Tue August 14, 2012

This Week's Essential Listening: Jens Lekman, Amanda Palmer, More

Omar Rodriguez Lopez (clockwise from upper left), Jens Lekman, Amanda Palmer, Niki And The Dove
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Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 6:24 pm

On this week's show hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share some of their favorite new discoveries, including the Kate Bush-inspired Swedish duo Niki And The Dove, German experimental pianist Nils Frahm, and a surprising new album from singer Amanda Palmer.

Also on the show: the best new music in a decade from the Chicago-based band Sea And Cake; the inimitable storytelling of Swedish pop singer Jens Lekman; and an epic new album from post-punk veterans Swans.

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The Two-Way
9:31 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Florida's Biggest Python So Far Measured 17 Feet, 7 Inches; Had 87 Eggs

Florida Museum of Natural History researchers at work on the record-long Burmese python.
University of Florida

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 12:07 pm

She was about three feet longer than the distance from an NBA free throw line to the basket. She was a bit more than twice the height of many bedroom ceilings. You could park two Smart Cars beside her with a foot or so to spare.

Those are some ways to get a sense of just how big the biggest Burmese python discovered so far in Florida was.

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Mountain Stage
9:30 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Ha Ha Tonka On Mountain Stage

Ha Ha Tonka performs on Mountain Stage.
Fred C. Tom Mountain Stage

Ha Ha Tonka makes its first appearance on today's Mountain Stage, recorded at the campus of Ohio University in Athens, with a set that features songs from the band's newest album, Death of a Decade. Taking its name from a state park in its members' native southeastern Missouri, the group was recently featured on the Ozarks episode of the Travel Channel's Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.

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