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.

CIVIC LIFE

Small towns win big honors: De Smet & Bucksport

Two small towns come out strong in a national poll. They're among our favorites, and we're glad for these results.

RURAL & REGIONAL

A portrait of people in motion around the country.

How has the pandemic motivated people to reconsider where they live, and why? Here is a story from South Dakota about how families are changing—and towns as well.

HOW-TO MODELS

Bucksport Maine Finds Its Heart & Soul

How can person-to-person democracy be revived? A one-time mill town in coastal Maine is a laboratory for a new approach.

RURAL & REGIONAL

Americans Are Again Remaking Their Landscape. What We Know About Where We Are Headed.

The 1880s, the 1930s, the 1950s—they dramatically reshaped America. The 2020s are likely to do so as well.

PUBLIC ART

"Public art has the power to change space.”

“‘The Wonder Mural’ by Charly Hamilton changed an entire community. Through inclusion, Charly made a piece for the community by literally painting the community.”

JOURNALISM & CIVIC NEWS

The Mysteries and Lessons of South Dakota

Small cities, potentially big lessons. What a state that is home to 800,000 people can demonstrate to the country as a whole.

ECONOMIC & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Tighe Bullock is working to building a vibrant, attractive downtown in West Virginia’s capital city.

Revitalizing Charleston, West Virginia Brick by Brick

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

Economic & Business Development

‘Lessons From Danville’

By the Dan River, in the River District of Danville, Virginia, this summer James Fallows / The Atlantic This summer, Deb Fallows and I visited the southern-Virginia town of Danville, and the surrounding rural areas of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and the adjoining Caswell County, North Carolina. In its heyday, Danville was a thriving textile and tobacco […]

Health

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

Eastport Grapples with Health-Care