Noah Adams http://aspenpublicradio.org en For A New View On The West Virginia Spill, Follow The Elk River http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/new-view-west-virginia-spill-follow-elk-river In early January, West Virginia's Elk River was contaminated by a chemical spill near Charleston. NPR's Noah Adams returns to the Elk nearly two months later to follow the course of the river. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Noah Adams 15495 at http://aspenpublicradio.org In The Heat Of The Foundry, Steinway Piano 'Hearts' Are Made http://aspenpublicradio.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 10067 at http://aspenpublicradio.org In The Heat Of The Foundry, Steinway Piano 'Hearts' Are Made Michigan Apple Harvest Recovers, But Pickers Are Scarce http://aspenpublicradio.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 9181 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Michigan Apple Harvest Recovers, But Pickers Are Scarce The Inspiring Force Of 'We Shall Overcome' http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/inspiring-force-we-shall-overcome <em>As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/series/213897602/the-march-on-washington-at-50">March on Washington</a>, All Things Considered<em> concludes its series about the moments that defined the </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/series/188312863/the-summer-of-63">historic summer of 1963</a>.<em> Back in 1999, Noah Adams explored the history and legacy of the song "We Shall Overcome" for the </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/series/18955124/the-npr-100">NPR 100</a>. <em>The audio link contains a condensed version of that piece. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 22:39:00 +0000 Noah Adams 6700 at http://aspenpublicradio.org The Inspiring Force Of 'We Shall Overcome' Elmore Leonard, The 'Dickens Of Detroit,' Dies At 87 http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/elmore-leonard-dickens-detroit-dies-87 The writer Elmore Leonard has died. He was 87 years old and had recently suffered a stroke.<p>For decades, Leonard — working at the very top of his profession as a crime writer — had been widely acclaimed, and universally read. He published 46 novels, which resulted in countless movie and TV adaptations, including the movies <em>Out of Sight</em> and<em> Get Shorty</em> and the TV series <em>Justified</em>.<p>Leonard lived in Bloomfield Village, just outside Detroit, and in his library, he kept a copy of every book he ever wrote. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 19:42:00 +0000 Noah Adams 6288 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Elmore Leonard, The 'Dickens Of Detroit,' Dies At 87