Noah Adams en Want A Shot At $10,000? Solve Kentucky's 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 59920 at The Ohio Snake Art That's Been Mid-Slither For A 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 22:02:00 +0000 Noah Adams 58782 at For A New View On The West Virginia Spill, Follow The 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 20:47:00 +0000 Noah Adams 55732 at In The Heat Of The 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 47455 at Michigan Apple Harvest Recovers, But 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 46483 at The Inspiring Force Of 'We Shall Overcome' <em>As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the </em><a href="">March on Washington</a>, All Things Considered<em> concludes its series about the moments that defined the </em><a href="">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="">NPR 100</a>. <em>The audio link contains a condensed version of that piece. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 22:20:00 +0000 Noah Adams 42768 at Elmore Leonard, The 'Dickens Of Detroit,' Dies At 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 42170 at A Day With Elmore Leonard And The White Castle That Wasn't <em>Upon hearing news of the <a href="">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 42163 at In Paducah, Artists Create Something From 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 41400 at In Neville's Thrillers, Belfast's 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 37633 at