Around the Nation
4:44 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Some Idaho Farmers Pray, Others Turn On The Water

Farmer Hans Hayden walks through his drought-stricken wheat field in Idaho. He says the wheat should be 3 feet tall by now.
Molly Messick for NPR

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 2:38 pm

In the West, in Idaho's arid, high desert, the drought has a mixed effect. There's a big divide between farmers with deep wells and irrigation and those without.

Hans Hayden is a rare find: a talkative farmer. He likes to explain things. But when it comes to the wheat he planted this spring, there's not much to say. This field needed rain. It didn't get it.

"At this point in time, it kind of looks like a desert," he says.

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The Torch
6:51 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

In World Record Time, Americans Take Gold In Women's 4X100 Relay

Carmelita Jeter of the United States receives the relay baton fom Bianca Knight of the United States on their way to winning gold in the Women's 4 x 100m Relay Final Friday.
Clive Brunskill Getty Images

Carmelita Jeter made sure everyone understood what Team USA had just accomplished. She pointed toward the digital clock with the baton as it flashed a time of 40.82 seconds.

Jeter, Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix and Bianca Knight had just gotten a gold medal in the 4 X 100m relay and they did so while shattering the world record by a little more than half a second.

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Studio B
6:41 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Thursday, August 16th at 4pm: EILEN JEWELL

From the folk & jugband sounds of her first recordings, through a great classic country focus (including her tribute album to Loretta Lynn), to a '60s UK garage rock and Chicago blues sound on "Sea of Tears", Boston-based Eilen Jewell has tastefully crafted a variety of styles to match her beautiful voice and delivery.  "The Queen of the Minor Key" returns to Studio B Thursday before her evening show in Asheville.

Peak of the Week
6:36 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Thursday, August 16th beginning at 8pm: LEFTOVER SALMON - Aquatic Hitchhiker

Join us on Thursday evening  during Peak of the Week as we spin Leftover Salmon's latest release Aquatic Hitchhiker.
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New Tunes at Two
6:29 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Monday, August 13th: JORDAN HULL - Who's Gonna Teach You How To Live?

Monday, August 13th: JORDAN HULL - Who's Gonna Teach You How To Live?

Tuesday, August 14th: CAROLINE HERRING - Camilla

Wednesday, August 15th: BILLY CARDINE - Six String Swing

Thursday, August 16th: WORLD FAMOUS HEADLINERS

Spindale Cycle
6:27 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Monday, August 13th: BILL EVANS - Conversations With Myself

Employing a "sound-on-sound" technique of twin piano playing that was new for the reel-to-reel recording technology of the time (hence the title?), Bill Evans added a whole new dimension to jazz with this 1963 album. 

"'Round Midnight", "Spartacus Love Theme", "Bemsha Swing".... Wonderful interpretations/conversations for your Monday night as we celebrate Evans' birthday this week. 

Programming
6:21 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

ME on 8/13: THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL CONSERVANCY'S CELEBRATION MARKS 75TH ANNIVERSARY

  Those of us who live in Western North Carolina are very aware of the fact that one of the most amazing walking trails is right in our backyard. The Appalachian Trail is so convenient to the many devoted hikers in our region, that we tend to forget it isn't all just ours. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, however, is dedicated to the care of the Trail from one end to the other, in all of the states connected by it.

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The Torch
5:57 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Seeing The World Through The Olympic Rings [Infographic]

Artist Gustavo Sousa of Mother London depicts the world's population using only the five colorful rings from the Olympic logo rings.
Gustavo Sousa Screenshot from Oceaniaeuropeamericaasiaafrica

One of the most thought-provoking infographics of the Olympics has nothing to with sports at all.

Artist Gustavo Sousa of the group Mother London uses only the five rings of the Olympic logo to strip down global statistics and expose disparities across th world's continents.

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It's All Politics
5:55 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

The Next Act For Newt Gingrich? It Could Be A TV Talk Show

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, accompanied by his wife Callista, speaks at a rally in Montgomery, Ala., on March 7.
David Bundy AP

After serving as speaker of the House, publishing several historical novels and running for president, what's next for Newt Gingrich?

One possible third act, Gingrich told NPR staffers on Friday, could be sharing a television studio with his wife, Callista.

"We're kind of intrigued with the idea of doing a daily show, which would change our lives pretty dramatically," Gingrich said. "But if we do it, we want it to be closer to Regis and Kathie Lee than to Bill O'Reilly or Hardball."

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It's All Politics
5:23 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

In New Ads Focused On Character, Obama And Romney Get Personal

Romney campaign ad

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 6:24 pm

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