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25 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 18 July 2011

As America's political candidates rack up visits to factory floors across the nation, hoping to garner support, Americana asks experts how important the manufacturing sector continues to be to the US economy.

Further from the industrial centres of the US, America's pea farmers share perspectives on the tough economy.

And one of America's most-beloved country stories, Charlotte's Web, is celebrating 60 years since its first publication. Biographer Michael Sims describes E B White's sensitive writing about nature of for which White, like Beatrix Potter, became a champion.

And banjo maker Jim Mills explains the history and charm of one of rural America's most iconic instruments.



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