June 29, 2022

Author Series kicks off with documentarians

The Marion County Library System, in collaboration with Tower Community Bank, inaugurated a new speaker series, featuring authors whose writings and ideas would be of interest to the Marion County community.

Deborah and James Fallows were the first authors in the series.

Read the article here.

July 14, 2022

The New Productivism Paradigm?

Deborah and James Fallows are featured in Dani Rodrik’s July 14, 2022 article. Rodrik reports, “There are signs of a major reorientation toward an economic policy framework that is rooted in production, work, and localism instead of finance, consumerism, and globalism. It might just turn into a new policy model that captures imaginations across the political spectrum.”

He references how the Fallows found support for this idea when they traveled across America reporting on how local economic development and pragmatism can override political partisanship when it comes to fostering businesses, job creation, and public-private partnerships.

Read the article here.

June 03, 2022


In this episode of the Inside Our Towns podcast, Evan Sanford talks with Jason Neises, the Community Development Coordinator at the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, about his role and work at the foundation, real and perceived challenges in small-town America, and the impact Community Heart & Soul has had in Iowa.

You can read more about our podcast here, and you can listen to this episode here:

April 25, 2022

What Makes a City Great? – BYU Radio

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
Millions of Americans move each year in search of a better house, neighborhood, job, or quality of life. Is leaving the only way to live someplace better? What would it take for an imperfect place to become your perfect match? Jim and Deb Fallows join Julie Rose to discuss what makes a city great.

Listen here.

April 25, 2022

Write America: Deborah and James Fallows

Join Alice-Byrd’s Books for the fifty-seventh episode of “Write America,” featuring Deb and Jim Fallows, as they read and discuss their works intimating how the deep divisions in the country may be healed by the quiet power of art. 

Learn more here.

May 09, 2022

Editorial: Ban the Library Police

In a May 9, 2022 editorial, The Roanoke Times supported the recommendation of the Roanoke Valley Public Libraries to do away with late book fines. They referenced Deborah Fallows’s 2020 article in The Atlantic in which she commented, “When I was a kid, the sin of returning books late to the public library populated a category of dread for me next to weekly confessions to the Catholic priest (what can an 8-year-old really have to confess?) and getting caught by the dentist with a Tootsie Roll wrapper sticking out of my pocket.”

Read the editorial here.

May 04, 2022

“Our Towns” Screening & Discussion

with James and Deborah Fallows and Michael Zakaras

May 11, 2022
3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Fermentation Hall, The Momentary
507 Southeast E Street
Bentonville, AR 72712

Go to this link to register.

May 03, 2022

Books & Writers – The Creative Process Features Deborah & James Fallows

Deb and Jim share their views on writing and life in an episode of the insightful “The Creative Process” podcast series.

Listen to the interview here.

May 07, 2022

Fallowses Give Ball State University Commencement Address

Ball State University’s 2022 Commencement featured Deborah and James Fallows, who gave the Commencement address and received honorary doctorates at the May 7 ceremony in Muncie, Indiana. The Fallowses have written several articles featuring Ball State’s innovative partnership with Muncie Community Schools, among other points of pride in the Muncie community.

President Geoffrey Mearns said during Saturday’s Commencement ceremony, “Through your reporting and through the leadership of your foundation, you are promoting greater civic engagement, community renewal, and genuine dialogue among the citizens of our country.”

Read more here.

April 20, 2022

If Small Towns Want to Survive, They Need a Plan B

Tim Holt, editor of the Northwest Review contrasts the effective “Plan Bs” of towns including Mount Shasta, CA and Ashland, OR with that of his own town, Dunsmuir, CA. He references Deborah and James Fallows’s Our Towns book and its common factors in successfully reinvented towns across the United States, including an openness to newcomers bringing new talents and ideas to their new homes. He states, “In these “open” towns the newcomers often find opportunities to reinvent themselves, to apply whatever skills and talents they may have in new ways in this new, stimulating environment.”

Read the article here.

February 16, 2022

Anarchism is…James Fallows’s Our Towns

In this conversation, James joins host Graham Culbertson for a discussion of the dysfunction of the federal government, its historically reactionary nature, and the way that “Our Towns” offer a grassroots alternative to that reactionary system. Plus he tries to convince James that his efforts against leaf blowers will save the world.

Listen to the podcast here.

March 09, 2022

James Fallows featured on ‘Stand Up with Pete Dominick’

Jim joins host Pete Dominick for his podcast to discuss events of the day.

The podcast features “brilliant guests daily.”

Listen to it here.

March 07, 2022

Looking at America from up high and on the ground, with Jim Fallows

On this episode of the Vital Center, Jim and podcast host Geoff Kabaservice discuss Deb and Jim’s travels across the country and why politics so often works better at the local level, even in some places hard hit by economic decline and political polarization. The veteran journalist describes “the beautiful American continent [which] is full of those moments when you think, ‘Oh, this is how it looks. This is how it works.’”

Listen to the podcast here.

January 26, 2022

Examining American Democracy Through the Lens of Place

The United States is experiencing a time of division—urban vs. rural, state vs. local, and red vs. blue. Many of these fissures are most acute within the Ten Across region, a region which features the three largest states, immense population growth, and rapidly changing demographics.

Listen in as Ten Across Executive Director, Wellington “Duke” Reiter moderates a lively discussion with esteemed observers of American democracy, James Fallows and George Sánchez, each bringing their unique observations on our current circumstance and how small towns and local communities can shine a light on a new way forward for our democracy.

Watch the video here.

February 10, 2022

Listen to “James & Deborah Fallows on ‘Our Towns’: a Craftsmanship Artisan Interview”

This husband-and-wife journalism team spent four years crisscrossing the United States in a small plane, visiting dozens of small towns. They saw  communities engaged in a vigorous process of economic renewal—a stunning portrait, in sum, of an America reinventing itself, literally from the ground up. 

The Craftsmanship Initiative’s founder and executive director Todd Oppenheimer, snagged Deb and Jim for a sit-down interview.

Listen to the podcast here.

December 17, 2021

Community Visioning Celebrates 25 Years of Programming in Iowa’s Small Communities

Iowa State University’s News reported on the Iowa’s Living Roadways 2021 annual celebration held on November 19, 2021. Highlights of the daylong event included a keynote address by James and Deborah Fallows, authors of “Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America.” The annual celebration also provided the newly selected 2022 visioning communities a glimpse of the possibilities available to them and showcased 25 years of project implementations completed by nearly 50 communities that participated in the Community Visioning Program.

Read the article here.