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Aug 29, 2012

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With the end of summer nearing, we look at the economics of the ice cream man. Retailers are catching the marriage bug. After a month long vacation, European politicians are back at work. Kai Ryssdal talks to Myles Porter from the American judo team about what it's like to be legally blind and compete in this year's Paralympic Games. Reporter David Gura stops into Port Orange, Fla., where tax problems and plummeting land prices are creating major issues for those who live there. And we learn how the Times Picayune's role in the community has evolved since Katrina, even among downsizing.

Segments From this episode

President Obama answers questions on Reddit

Aug 29, 2012
Users asked the president a variety of questions -- serious and not.

For Florida town, growth at what price?

Aug 29, 2012
The mayor of Port Orange, Fla., has been a cheerleader for growth, but now has second thoughts.

Marriages fail, but there'll always be wedding dresses

Aug 29, 2012
Private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier and Rice's proposal to buy David’s Bridal for $1.05 billion is a reminder that wedding wear is still a big retail business.

Legally blind, and competing in the Paralympics

Aug 29, 2012
The 2012 Paralympic Games opened in London on Wednesday. American judo athlete Myles Porter tells us what it's like to compete in world's second largest sporting competition.

New Orleans' $14 billion levee system holds for now

Aug 29, 2012
The $14 billion invested in the New Orleans levee system after Hurricane Katrina has begun to pay off in the latest storm, but what lessons have we learned about cost, benefit and risk?

Facing Isaac, Times-Picayune looks to digital to cover hurricanes

Aug 29, 2012
How have the changes to New Orleans' newspaper affected its ability to cover Hurricane Isaac? NOLA.com's James O'Byrne discusses the Times-Picayune's digital strategy.

The economics behind the ice cream man

Aug 29, 2012
Kids across the country are getting in their last licks from their neighborhood ice cream man. But while they and their parents have chocolate eclairs on their minds, their drivers are making a complicated economic calculus.

As eurozone leaders return to work, worries resurface

Aug 29, 2012
Europe's politicians are back at work after long summer vacations, but the economic woes that beset the continent then are now back in the headlines.

With the end of summer nearing, we look at the economics of the ice cream man. Retailers are catching the marriage bug. After a month long vacation, European politicians are back at work. Kai Ryssdal talks to Myles Porter from the American judo team about what it’s like to be legally blind and compete in this year’s Paralympic Games. Reporter David Gura stops into Port Orange, Fla., where tax problems and plummeting land prices are creating major issues for those who live there. And we learn how the Times Picayune’s role in the community has evolved since Katrina, even among downsizing.

Music from the episode

Outta Your Mind Lil Jon, LMFAO
Beat It - Single Version Michael Jackson
Vase Miike Snow
Be Easy Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings