Amy Walters http://publicradioeast.org en Fast Fashion's Challenge: Making Money With 'Made In The USA' http://publicradioeast.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 9335 at http://publicradioeast.org Fast Fashion's Challenge: Making Money With 'Made In The USA' 'Nordic Cool' Illuminates D.C.'s Kennedy Center http://publicradioeast.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 7929 at http://publicradioeast.org 'Nordic Cool' Illuminates D.C.'s Kennedy Center This Defense Contractor Has A Green Side http://publicradioeast.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 5451 at http://publicradioeast.org This Defense Contractor Has A Green Side The 'Ace Of Cakes' Next Challenge: The Inaugural Ball Cake http://publicradioeast.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 5404 at http://publicradioeast.org The 'Ace Of Cakes' Next Challenge: The Inaugural Ball Cake