Series: Summer Nights: Funtown http://www.kunc.org en Summer Nights: Phoenix's Piestewa Peak http://www.kunc.org/post/summer-nights-phoenixs-piestewa-peak Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Labor Day is right around the corner, so before we mark the unofficial end of summer, here is the final installment in our series, Summer Nights. And for this last evening adventure, we head to Phoenix, where urban hikers strap on headlamps to ascend Piestewa Peak. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 20:55:00 +0000 49031 at http://www.kunc.org Summer Nights: Phoenix's Piestewa Peak A Slamming Good Time On The Jersey Shore http://www.kunc.org/post/slamming-good-time-jersey-shore The "<a href="http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/123902306884/" target="_blank">Bumper Car Psychos</a>" are easy to spot. While the other bumper cars at New Jersey's Keansburg Amusement Park spin wildly from one collision to the next, the Psychos cruise gracefully around the track, grinning from ear to ear as they slam their targets into the wall.<p>That's not the only reason the Psychos stand out. Keith Van Brunt and Tom Mgerack both weigh upwards of 300 pounds, and both are heavily tattooed. They've been riding the old bumper cars here every Friday night since 1996. Fri, 07 Sep 2012 19:02:00 +0000 33332 at http://www.kunc.org A Slamming Good Time On The Jersey Shore Festive Nanjing Road Recaptures Shanghai's Heyday http://www.kunc.org/post/festive-nanjing-road-recaptures-shanghais-heydey In the 1920s and 1930s, Shanghai was one of the world's most exciting — and notorious — cities. But all that came to an end in the middle of the last century, when the Communists took charge.<p>Over the past decade or so, though, a vibrant Shanghai has re-emerged. Today, it's a dynamic city of 23 million, with a skyline that dwarfs Manhattan's.<p>And on summer nights, the most vibrant place in town is Nanjing Road: China's Times Square. Wed, 22 Aug 2012 20:59:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 32535 at http://www.kunc.org Festive Nanjing Road Recaptures Shanghai's Heyday 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 Cruisin' For Classic Cars On A Steamy Summer Night http://www.kunc.org/post/cruisin-classic-cars-steamy-summer-night At the heart of the small town of Milan, Ohio, there's a graceful and tree-lined town square. It makes a good gathering spot for the classic cars and trucks of decades past.<p>A 1923 T-Bucket Ford, a '77 Chevy El Camino, a '68 AMC AMX, a '46 Dodge truck, a '59 Ford Galaxie — they all keep arriving after 5 o'clock every Tuesday evening. As the owner-drivers park around the square, engine hoods go up, lawn chairs come out — and the admiration begins.<p>If the town's name sounds familiar, it's probably because Thomas A. Edison was born here in 1847. Mon, 06 Aug 2012 20:53:00 +0000 Noah Adams 31653 at http://www.kunc.org Cruisin' For Classic Cars On A Steamy Summer Night