Amy Walters http://kasu.org en Fast Fashion's Challenge: Making Money With 'Made In The USA' http://kasu.org/post/fast-fashions-challenge-making-money-made-usa In the world of fast fashion, two U.S.-based companies loom large: Forever 21 and American Apparel. Both are based in Los Angeles, but the two could not be more different.<p>American Apparel proudly boasts that the clothes it sells are "made in the USA." In contrast, Forever 21 subcontracts with factories all over the world.<p>Dov Charney, American Apparel's Canadian-American founder and CEO, has a reputation. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 21:35:00 +0000 Amy Walters 25628 at http://kasu.org Fast Fashion's Challenge: Making Money With 'Made In The USA' 'Nordic Cool' Illuminates D.C.'s Kennedy Center http://kasu.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 24800 at http://kasu.org 'Nordic Cool' Illuminates D.C.'s Kennedy Center This Defense Contractor Has A Green Side http://kasu.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 23353 at http://kasu.org This Defense Contractor Has A Green Side For A Silvery Calif. Fish, A Special Moonlit Night http://kasu.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 22:03:00 +0000 Amy Walters 16567 at http://kasu.org For A Silvery Calif. Fish, A Special Moonlit Night Motorcycle Fans Ride To Sturgis, S.D., For Rally http://kasu.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 16122 at http://kasu.org Marooned In L.A. For A Week, Coachella Bands Make Do http://kasu.org/post/marooned-la-week-coachella-bands-make-do The massive Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival came to a close in California on Sunday after two weekends worth of sold-out shows by over 150 artists.<p>One of those acts was the Austin, Texas, band <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15396244" target="_blank">Explosions in the Sky</a>, which first played Coachella back in 2007 and has seen its profile grow since then.<p>"We were going from playing in rooms that were 400, 500, maybe a thousand people," says Munaf Rayani, one of the band's guitarists. Thu, 26 Apr 2012 18:27:00 +0000 Amy Walters 10914 at http://kasu.org Marooned In L.A. For A Week, Coachella Bands Make Do Bravo's Latest Reality Show: 'Shahs Of Sunset' http://kasu.org/post/bravos-latest-reality-show-shahs-sunset Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>For all the difficult relations the U.S. has with Iran, the two countries share many ties, including millions of Iranian-Americans. Ryan Seacrest and Bravo make them the focus of a new reality show, called the "Shahs of Sunset." It examines the lavish lifestyles of some in Southern California's Iranian-American community. Mon, 12 Mar 2012 08:00:00 +0000 Amy Walters 8632 at http://kasu.org