Noah Adams http://wknofm.org en Want A Shot At $10,000? Solve Kentucky's Great Bourbon Mystery http://wknofm.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 46711 at http://wknofm.org Want A Shot At $10,000? Solve Kentucky's Great Bourbon Mystery The Ohio Snake Art That's Been Mid-Slither For A Millennium http://wknofm.org/post/ohio-snake-art-thats-been-mid-slither-millennium In new installment of the Spring Break series, Noah Adams visits the Serpent Mound in southern Ohio. It's not a burial site; it's a massive, grass-covered effigy of a snake, created a thousand years ago. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:30:00 +0000 Noah Adams 46022 at http://wknofm.org The Ohio Snake Art That's Been Mid-Slither For A Millennium For A New View On The West Virginia Spill, Follow The Elk River http://wknofm.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 20:45:00 +0000 Noah Adams 44418 at http://wknofm.org In The Heat Of The Foundry, Steinway Piano 'Hearts' Are Made http://wknofm.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 39283 at http://wknofm.org In The Heat Of The Foundry, Steinway Piano 'Hearts' Are Made Michigan Apple Harvest Recovers, But Pickers Are Scarce http://wknofm.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 38431 at http://wknofm.org Michigan Apple Harvest Recovers, But Pickers Are Scarce