Amy Walters http://wmot.org en Reporter's Notebook: A Not-So-Grand Tour Of Ethiopia's Top Hospital http://wmot.org/post/reporters-notebook-not-so-grand-tour-ethiopias-top-hospital When you sign up for a reporting fellowship to learn about the health of newborns in Ethiopia, you expect things to be a little different from what you're used to in the U.S. To be perfectly honest, a little worse. But Ethiopia actually surprised me, even before I took off.<p>I did my research, and it turns out that Ethiopia's health care system is getting better — significantly better. It's meeting international goals, winning awards from the United States and, more important, babies are living longer and fewer mothers are dying in childbirth.<p>This is great news. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:37:00 +0000 Amy Walters 42286 at http://wmot.org Reporter's Notebook: A Not-So-Grand Tour Of Ethiopia's Top Hospital Fast Fashion's Challenge: Making Money With 'Made In The USA' http://wmot.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 21883 at http://wmot.org Fast Fashion's Challenge: Making Money With 'Made In The USA' 'Nordic Cool' Illuminates D.C.'s Kennedy Center http://wmot.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 21182 at http://wmot.org 'Nordic Cool' Illuminates D.C.'s Kennedy Center This Defense Contractor Has A Green Side http://wmot.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 19982 at http://wmot.org This Defense Contractor Has A Green Side For A Silvery Calif. Fish, A Special Moonlit Night http://wmot.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 21:47:00 +0000 Amy Walters 14668 at http://wmot.org For A Silvery Calif. Fish, A Special Moonlit Night