Noah Adams http://knba.org en In The Heat Of The Foundry, Steinway Piano 'Hearts' Are Made http://knba.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 4725 at http://knba.org In The Heat Of The Foundry, Steinway Piano 'Hearts' Are Made Michigan Apple Harvest Recovers, But Pickers Are Scarce http://knba.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 4020 at http://knba.org Michigan Apple Harvest Recovers, But Pickers Are Scarce A Day With Elmore Leonard And The White Castle That Wasn't http://knba.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 932 at http://knba.org A Day With Elmore Leonard And The White Castle That Wasn't In Paducah, Artists Create Something From Nothing http://knba.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 532 at http://knba.org In Paducah, Artists Create Something From Nothing