September 13, 2021

Named to the ‘Best of Inland Empire’ 2021

Nathan Gonzales, Archivist and head of Special Collections at A.K. Smiley Public Library in Redlands, CA, recently named Deborah and James Fallows’s Our Towns book and documentary to his “Editor’s Picks: 3 Great Local History Reads” for its insightful discussion of Redlands, Riverside and San Bernardino.

Read the article here.

September 05, 2021

Redlanders really want to know: ‘Do you have a citrus tree?’

David Allen reported on the Redlands version of the city “icebreaker question” as reported by Deborah Fallows in Our Towns. It’s “what high school did you go to?” in St. Louis; “where do you go to church?” in Greenville, South Carolina; and “what’s your parish?” in Chicago. In Los Angeles it’s “How did you get here?”, answered by a list of freeway numbers. In Redlands, Deb reports, it’s “Do you have a citrus tree?”

Read the article here.

September 06, 2021

Promoting Civic Engagement, Community Renewal, and Civil Dialogue

In their recent Inside Sources opinion piece, authors by Lindsay Lloyd, Christopher Walsh, and William McKenzie, moderators of the George W. Bush Institute’s Democracy Talks series, discuss the barriers to greater civic engagement, community renewal, and civil dialogue. Deborah Fallows is featured for her reporting on the role of libraries as places people gather to, “not only read books, but to attend pre-K classes, participate in community forums, gain access to the internet, and learn how to get green cards and become citizens.”

James Fallows is featured for his work on the contributions of immigrants, and how towns including Erie, PA, Dodge City, KS, and Sioux Falls, SD, see their immigrant residents as critical to rejuvenation.

Read the article here.

September 07, 2021

Opinion: Civil dialogue, engagement can renew democracy

Lindsay Lloyd, Christopher Walsh, and William McKenzie featured Deborah and James Fallows in their September 7, 2021 opinion piece in The Atlanta Journal Constitution. They write, “community leaders must identify city assets and be honest about improving them. . . . Deborah Fallows, who co-wrote ‘Our Towns’ with husband James Fallows, reports that libraries are now social and civic centers as well as educational and technology centers.”

Read the column here.

August 22, 2021

Warrior-Scholar Project Prepares Veterans to Succeed in College

In his recent story on the Williams College Warrior-Scholar Project, Stephen Dravis discusses the contribution made to a recent Humanities Academic Bootcamp by guest speaker James Fallows. Fallows told the participant that the current decade, like the 1860s, the 1930s and the 1960s, will be a pivotal point in American history and that their generation of veterans will play a crucial role.

Read the article here.

August 01, 2010

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August 09, 2021

Featured by UCD Clinton Institute

In his recent column “American Renewal After the Pandemic,” Derek Shearer features Deb and Jim Fallows and their reporting in the Our Towns book and expansion of their work with the establishment of the Our Towns Civic Foundation. He’s giving copies of Our Towns to new ambassadors appointed to Biden’s America, and encouraging them to use the book and the Foundation’s monthly e-newsletter as guides for getting out of DC and seeing areas of the country that CNN and Fox News ignore.

Read the article here.

July 08, 2021

Creating a Sense of Us

James and Deborah Fallows discuss the role of libraries in expanding community engagement, the impact of immigrants in revitalizing communities, and how some communities are rebounding from the decline in local journalism.

April 13, 2021

‘It was just so fascinating’: behind a film exploring America’s small towns

The Guardian’s Adrian Horton reviewed ‘Our Towns,’ the HBO documentary on April 13, 2021. ‘Our Towns’ showcases “how communities and individuals and the whole nation respond to crisis” – a theme as timely and, at best, revelatory and generative in 2021 as it was at the project’s outset, she concludes.

July 10, 2020

Featured on Original Thinkers

Original Thinkers Presents: James & Deborah Fallows

Original Thinkers featured James and Deborah Fallows on their June 29, 2020 episode of “Original Thinkers Presents,” a series of conversations between Original Thinkers’s David Holbrook and past and future guests about what they want to see happen globally post-pandemic.

See the episode here.

June 29, 2020

Featured on CBS This Morning

CBS This Morning, Small towns may have a longer road ahead

CBS This Morning  featured James Fallows in a June 29, 2020 program segment reporting on the effects of the pandemic on small communities. Fallows, while acknowledging smaller towns may have a longer road to recovery, concluded on a positive note. Small towns, he reminded viewers, have been through troubling times before.

See the segment here.

June 20, 2020

Featured on Onward On Air with Jake Soberal

In his June 18, 2020 episode, Onward on Air host Jake Soberal spoke with James Fallows, along with Michael Tubbs, Mayor of Stockon and Joe Barela, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, about their approach, response and leadership during the current crisis.

Listen to the episode here.

June 02, 2020

Featured by Chautauqua Institution

Chataqua Institute June 3, 2020 Watch Party

James and Deborah Fallows will be featured in the Chautauqua Institution’s June 3, 2020 ‘Watch Party’ at 10:45am EST. Originally presented at Chautauqua on July 4, 2018 as a part of the ‘American Identity’ theme, the lecture features their Our Towns travels and subsequent writing of the book.

Find the Facebook video link for the presentation here.