CIVIC LIFE

To Both See and Tell the Country: From the Road through North Carolina to South Carolina

Why seeing more of America matters.

CIVIC LIFE

A Town of Doers Works Together to Preserve Their Past and Plan Their Future

Citizens and businesses in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania have adopted a mantra: if it’s a community problem, it’s their problem too.

ECONOMIC & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

The Economic Potential of the Great American Rail-Trail

The completion of a cross-country bike trail in old railroad corridors could add nearly a quarter-billion dollars a year to local economies.

YOUTH ENGAGEMENT

The Paper Clips Project: Students Bring Holocaust History to Southeastern Tennessee

Whitwell, Tennessee has become the center for a world-renowned cultural education project and Holocaust memorial.

RURAL & REGIONAL

Inside Our Towns: Jason Neises

Discussing opportunities, real and perceived challenges in small-town America, and the impact of Community Heart & Soul in Iowa.

EDUCATION

Real Mississippi podcasts: You Can Go Back Home Again

Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science student Raegan Calvert explores the challenges and opportunities in her hometown of Wiggins, Mississippi

EDUCATION

Real Voices from Real Mississippi

How podcasts are reshaping how high-school students research and tell stories of their hometowns throughout Mississippi.

BIG LITTLE IDEAS

A California Project, with Nationwide Ambitions

American history doesn't repeat, but it rhymes. Crises keep cropping up--and so do ideas and solutions. Many innovations from the 1930s have new relevance for the post-pandemic 2020s. Here is an example, and the thinking behind it.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

New Lessons of the New Deal

I was talking with the mayor of a "red state" city about how his community was weathering today's public-health and financial crises.

Civic Life

How to Reconnect Rural and Urban America

Some recent items worth noticing

Health

The Surprising Rural Health-Care Legacy of the ’60s

Eastport Grapples with Health-Care

Economic & Business Development

A Rural High School with a 21st Century Outlook

A California school prepares its students for success.