Noah Adams http://wncw.org en Want A Shot At $10,000? Solve Kentucky's Great Bourbon Mystery http://wncw.org/post/want-shot-10000-solve-kentuckys-great-bourbon-mystery Saturday marks the 140th Run for the Roses: the Kentucky Derby. Great horses, great hats — but where's the Pappy Van Winkle bourbon for the mint juleps?<p>Last October, more than 200 bottles of the prized spirit were stolen right out of the distillery in Frankfort, Ky. The county sheriff believes it was an inside job, and a $10,000 reward remains on offer.<p>Pat Melton, the sheriff of Franklin County, Ky., has these facts: In the small city of Frankfort, 222 bottles disappeared from the Buffalo Trace Distillery. Fri, 02 May 2014 21:44:00 +0000 Noah Adams 34545 at http://wncw.org Want A Shot At $10,000? Solve Kentucky's Great Bourbon Mystery In The Heat Of The Foundry, Steinway Piano 'Hearts' Are Made http://wncw.org/post/heat-foundry-steinway-piano-hearts-are-made The Steinway piano company has a new owner. This fall, the investment firm Paulson & Co. — led by billionaire John Paulson — spent about $500 million and bought all of Steinway & Sons, the venerated piano maker.<p>The deal includes a foundry in Springfield, Ohio, where the Steinway pianos are born in fire.<p>The O.S. Kelly Foundry has been making Steinway's plates since 1938. The plate is the cast-iron heart of a piano: It holds the steel wire strings with 40,000 pounds of tension, the company says. It allows vibrations to arise in a concert hall as music.<p>The plates are an old design. Sat, 09 Nov 2013 22:20:00 +0000 Noah Adams 28233 at http://wncw.org In The Heat Of The Foundry, Steinway Piano 'Hearts' Are Made Michigan Apple Harvest Recovers, But Pickers Are Scarce http://wncw.org/post/michigan-apple-harvest-recovers-pickers-are-scarce One year ago the Michigan apple harvest, hurt by a late winter warm-up and a spring freeze, was almost nonexistent at 3 million bushels. This fall, the crop is projected to yield a record-setting 30 million bushels, but now there's concern that not enough pickers will be in the orchards.<p>In west Michigan, there's an apple-growing region called The Ridge, where they will be talking for years down the road about that bleak 2012 apple calendar. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 07:17:00 +0000 Noah Adams 27498 at http://wncw.org Michigan Apple Harvest Recovers, But Pickers Are Scarce A Day With Elmore Leonard And The White Castle That Wasn't http://wncw.org/post/day-elmore-leonard-and-white-castle-wasnt <em>Upon hearing news of the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/20/213790688/crime-novelist-elmore-leonard-dies">death of Elmore Leonard</a>, NPR correspondent and former All Things Considered co-host Noah Adams recalls a day he spent with the crime writer in his hometown.</em><p>Three years ago, I rode with Elmore Leonard in the back of a rental car to see Detroit and remember what it once was. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 19:21:00 +0000 Noah Adams 25047 at http://wncw.org A Day With Elmore Leonard And The White Castle That Wasn't In Paducah, Artists Create Something From Nothing http://wncw.org/post/paducah-artists-create-something-nothing How do you fix a neighborhood? What do you do about crime and drugs and the once-lovely old houses that are falling down? The answer in Paducah, Ky., was to turn it into a special place for artists to live, work and sell.<p>Paducah, already home to the National Quilt Museum, is far west on the edge of Kentucky, on the Ohio River. Lowertown, so-named for being downriver from downtown Paducah, was once quite elegant — 25 square blocks. Fri, 09 Aug 2013 07:05:00 +0000 Noah Adams 24613 at http://wncw.org In Paducah, Artists Create Something From Nothing In Neville's Thrillers, Belfast's Violent Past Still Burns http://wncw.org/post/nevilles-thrillers-belfasts-violent-past-still-burns At 41, with long black hair, Stuart Neville looks more like the rock guitarist he used to be than the author he is now. He lives in a small town with his family — not in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the city that plays a central role in his thrillers, but just outside it.<p>This week, world leaders are gathered in Northern Ireland for the G-8 conference, but such a meeting would have been unthinkable before the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, which brought Catholics and Protestants together in a new, tense, power-sharing government. Mon, 17 Jun 2013 06:57:00 +0000 Noah Adams 22415 at http://wncw.org In Neville's Thrillers, Belfast's Violent Past Still Burns In Ohio Town, Okla. Twister Conjures Echoes Of 1974 Disaster http://wncw.org/post/ohio-town-okla-twister-conjures-echoes-1974-disaster When a tornado roars into a populated area, the change is often drastic and deadly, and it happens within minutes. As the people of Oklahoma struggle to look beyond this month's devastating storms, residents of Xenia, Ohio, are reflecting on the tornado of 1974.<p>Xenia, in southwest Ohio near Dayton, became well-known to the nation that year. "Everywhere I go, and I've been all over the U.S., if I say I'm from Xenia people say, 'tornado,' " says Catherine Wilson, who runs the historical society in Xenia. Fri, 31 May 2013 21:26:00 +0000 Noah Adams 21762 at http://wncw.org In Ohio Town, Okla. Twister Conjures Echoes Of 1974 Disaster Michigan Apple Orchards Blossom After A Devastating Year http://wncw.org/post/michigan-apple-orchards-blossom-after-devastating-year Last year, almost the entire Michigan apple crop was lost because of 80-degree days in March and then some freezing April nights. This year, the apples are back, but everything always depends on the weather. Tue, 14 May 2013 07:27:00 +0000 Noah Adams 21010 at http://wncw.org Michigan Apple Orchards Blossom After A Devastating Year Struggling W.Va. Town Hopes Boy Scout Camp Brings New Life http://wncw.org/post/struggling-wva-town-hopes-boy-scout-camp-brings-new-life Picture a tiny town set along a creek in West Virginia. A mountain rises from the town's eastern edge, overlooking the 1,400 people living below. Then, July comes — and 50,000 people arrive on that mountain for the National Scout Jamboree.<p>The town is called Mount Hope. I've heard some call it "Mount Hopeless." The town went through the long, downward slump from the boom days of deep-mine coal, when it was a grand, small-town capital of coal mining.<p>Now it's crumbling, struggling, but recently hopeful, because there's a veritable pot of gold on top of that nearby mountain. Mon, 08 Apr 2013 19:55:00 +0000 Noah Adams 19625 at http://wncw.org Struggling W.Va. Town Hopes Boy Scout Camp Brings New Life Steamship Anchors A Community, But Its Days May Be Numbered http://wncw.org/post/steamship-anchors-community-its-days-may-be-numbered On the shores of Lake Michigan, the tiny town of Ludington, Mich., is home port to the last coal-fired ferry in the U.S. The SS Badger has been making trips across the lake to Manitowoc, Wis., during the good-weather months since 1953. And as it runs, the 411-foot ferry discharges coal ash slurry directly into the lake.<p>An Environmental Protection Agency permit allows the Badger to dump four tons of ash into the lake daily. Mon, 04 Mar 2013 22:17:00 +0000 Noah Adams 18312 at http://wncw.org Steamship Anchors A Community, But Its Days May Be Numbered