Noah Adams http://tspr.org en In Mystery Series's W.Va. River Town, There's No Escape From Terror http://tspr.org/post/mystery-series-wva-river-town-theres-no-escape-terror When writer Julia Keller talks, you notice a touch of West Virginia — it is, after all, her home state. Her accent may have faded a bit during her newspaper career in Chicago, so she says when she started thinking about writing crime novels, she was happy to hear the Appalachian voices coming out of her memory.<p>"I was probably the most surprised person of all when I chose to set my fiction in West Virginia," she says. "[I] hadn't lived here in a long time, didn't really know that it moved in my blood — if it did."<p>Turns out it did. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 07:15:00 +0000 Noah Adams 55533 at http://tspr.org In Mystery Series's W.Va. River Town, There's No Escape From Terror Want A Shot At $10,000? Solve Kentucky's Great Bourbon Mystery http://tspr.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 52571 at http://tspr.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://tspr.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 51725 at http://tspr.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://tspr.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 20:28:00 +0000 Noah Adams 49802 at http://tspr.org In The Heat Of The Foundry, Steinway Piano 'Hearts' Are Made http://tspr.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 43562 at http://tspr.org In The Heat Of The Foundry, Steinway Piano 'Hearts' Are Made