Amy Walters http://www.kunc.org en 'Nordic Cool' Illuminates D.C.'s Kennedy Center http://www.kunc.org/post/nordic-cool-illuminates-dcs-kennedy-center What is Nordic cool?<p>Right now, it's a <a href="http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/festivals/12-13/nordic/" target="_blank">massive festival at the Kennedy Center</a> in Washington, D.C., with artists and designers displaying art and culture from their very top sliver of the globe.<p>The festival arrives at what seems like just the right moment for Americans.<p>From the Danish modern furniture of the 1950s to the omnipresence of Ikea, Americans have long been attracted to the austere design of Nordic countries.<p>We shop at H&M and we've read Stieg Larsson's <em>The Girl with the Dragon Sat, 23 Feb 2013 10:31:00 +0000 Amy Walters 40599 at http://www.kunc.org 'Nordic Cool' Illuminates D.C.'s Kennedy Center This Defense Contractor Has A Green Side http://www.kunc.org/post/defense-contractor-has-green-side Lots of companies make products that don't have much in common, but AeroVironment specializes in two products that are <em>very</em> different — electric vehicle chargers, which keep cars like the Nissan Leaf on the road, and military drones. The Los Angeles-area firm is a leading manufacturer of small unmanned aircraft.<p>This unusual company was the creation of one unusual individual, Paul MacCready. He loved things that fly. Tue, 22 Jan 2013 08:41:00 +0000 Amy Walters 39118 at http://www.kunc.org This Defense Contractor Has A Green Side The 'Ace Of Cakes' Next Challenge: The Inaugural Ball Cake http://www.kunc.org/post/ace-cakes-next-challenge-inaugural-ball-cake How do you get picked to bake the inaugural cake? Is there a long application process that involves standardized tests, or is it more like the Publishers Clearing House, where someone surprises you at your door with a camera crew?<p>Duff Goldman says he's still not sure how it happened.<p>"They called us out of the blue," he says. "I got a text message from my office manager saying, 'Hey, we're making the official inaugural cake.' "<p>His company, Charm City Cakes, has baked a number of cakes for the U.S. military in the past. Mon, 21 Jan 2013 14:21:00 +0000 Amy Walters 39097 at http://www.kunc.org The 'Ace Of Cakes' Next Challenge: The Inaugural Ball Cake For A Silvery Calif. Fish, A Special Moonlit Night http://www.kunc.org/post/silvery-calif-fish-special-moonlit-night Summertime is beach time in Southern California, even at night. Locals gather around bonfires, roast marshmallows and enjoy each other's company. On some very special nights, there's even sex — at least for the fish.<p>The grunion run happens only in the spring and summer months. Late at night, under the full and new moons, thousands of tiny, silvery fish swim to shore for a very peculiar mating ritual.<p>"The grunions are basically spawning tonight," says Larry Fukuhara, the program director at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro. "The females are coming out," he says. Fri, 17 Aug 2012 21:46:00 +0000 Amy Walters 32318 at http://www.kunc.org For A Silvery Calif. Fish, A Special Moonlit Night Motorcycle Fans Ride To Sturgis, S.D., For Rally http://www.kunc.org/post/motorcycle-fans-ride-sturgis-sd-rally Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Oh, the famed Sturgis motorcycle rally is wrapping up its 72nd year in South Dakota this weekend. And as the rally ages, so do many of the riders. NPR's Amy Walters was there with some rally old-timers - rally old-timers - checking out what's new on three wheels.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MOTORCYCLE ENGINE)<p>AMY WALTERS, BYLINE: On Main Street in Sturgis this week, you can see a motorcycle covered in real fur, with buck antlers coming out of the handlebars. Another bike is painted like an American flag. Fri, 10 Aug 2012 09:50:00 +0000 Amy Walters 31892 at http://www.kunc.org