Noah Adams http://wkms.org en The Ohio Snake Art That's Been Mid-Slither For A Millennium http://wkms.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 39968 at http://wkms.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://wkms.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 39239 at http://wkms.org The Inspiring Force Of 'We Shall Overcome' http://wkms.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 22:20:00 +0000 Noah Adams 34413 at http://wkms.org The Inspiring Force Of 'We Shall Overcome' Elmore Leonard, The 'Dickens Of Detroit,' Dies At 87 http://wkms.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 34165 at http://wkms.org Elmore Leonard, The 'Dickens Of Detroit,' Dies At 87 In Paducah, Artists Create Something From Nothing http://wkms.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 14:56:32 +0000 Noah Adams 33863 at http://wkms.org In Paducah, Artists Create Something From Nothing In Neville's Thrillers, Belfast's Violent Past Still Burns http://wkms.org/post/nevilles-thrillers-belfasts-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 32154 at http://wkms.org In Neville's Thrillers, Belfast's Violent Past Still Burns Struggling W.Va. Town Hopes Boy Scout Camp Brings New Life http://wkms.org/post/struggling-wva-town-hopes-boy-scout-camp-brings-new-life Picture a tiny town set along a creek in West Virginia. A mountain rises from the town's eastern edge, overlooking the 1,400 people living below. Then, July comes — and 50,000 people arrive on that mountain for the National Scout Jamboree.<p>The town is called Mount Hope. I've heard some call it "Mount Hopeless." The town went through the long, downward slump from the boom days of deep-mine coal, when it was a grand, small-town capital of coal mining.<p>Now it's crumbling, struggling, but recently hopeful, because there's a veritable pot of gold on top of that nearby mountain. Mon, 08 Apr 2013 20:58:00 +0000 Noah Adams 30297 at http://wkms.org Struggling W.Va. Town Hopes Boy Scout Camp Brings New Life Steamship Anchors A Community, But Its Days May Be Numbered http://wkms.org/post/steamship-anchors-community-its-days-may-be-numbered On the shores of Lake Michigan, the tiny town of Ludington, Mich., is home port to the last coal-fired ferry in the U.S. The SS Badger has been making trips across the lake to Manitowoc, Wis., during the good-weather months since 1953. And as it runs, the 411-foot ferry discharges coal ash slurry directly into the lake.<p>An Environmental Protection Agency permit allows the Badger to dump four tons of ash into the lake daily. Mon, 04 Mar 2013 22:17:00 +0000 Noah Adams 28860 at http://wkms.org Steamship Anchors A Community, But Its Days May Be Numbered In Kentucky's Coal Country, A Resentment For Obama http://wkms.org/post/kentuckys-coal-country-resentment-obama If the voters in Louisa, Ky., had their wish, Mitt Romney would have taken the oath of office Monday. Louisa is in eastern Kentucky, and "coal" was the one-word issue in the election. President Obama is seen as an enemy of coal mining and he got only 27 percent of the vote in the county.<p>And now comes word that Louisa is going to lose its biggest industry — a power generating plant that's been burning coal since 1962.<p>Stand outside the courthouse in Louisa, a small town of 2,000 people, and you'll see that it's easy to meet a coal miner. Mitchell Maynard is a third-generation miner. Mon, 21 Jan 2013 22:13:00 +0000 Noah Adams 27036 at http://wkms.org In Kentucky's Coal Country, A Resentment For Obama Shriveled Mich. Apple Harvest Means Fewer Jobs, Tough Year Ahead http://wkms.org/post/shriveled-mich-apple-harvest-means-fewer-jobs-tough-year-ahead An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but what do you do when there are no apples? It's a question western Michigan's apple growers are dealing with this season after strange weather earlier in the year decimated the state's apple cultivation.<p>Michigan is the <a href="http://www.michiganapples.com/grow1.html">third-largest</a> apple producer in the U.S. after New York and Washington, but the state's apples will soon be in short supply. Mon, 17 Sep 2012 19:44:00 +0000 Noah Adams 22192 at http://wkms.org Shriveled Mich. Apple Harvest Means Fewer Jobs, Tough Year Ahead