February 15, 2022

Writers James and Deborah Fallows speak on hope for improving local communities

The Daily Universe reported on James and Deborah Fallowses’ February 15, 2022 forum at BYU. In addition to specific ideas they shared for for what people can do to improve local communities, Jim reported, “Our job this morning is to give you reasons to feel some hope about the communities you’re living in, hope about the world you will inhabit and shape.”

Read the article here.

February 15, 2022

Forum: Finding your community

BYU News’s Jenna Knaupp reported on James and Deborah Fallowses’ forum address to the campus on Tuesday, February 15, 2022. In their reporting, which developed into the “Our Towns” book and HBO documentary, the Fallowses remain firm in their hopes for America, and they proposed a new type of optimism: conditional optimism, which is the belief that a community can become better through individual contributions and civic engagement.

Read the article here.

February 15, 2022

Writers bring experiences of small-town America to BYU

Ashtyn Asay of the Daily Herald profiled Deborah and James Fallows’s appearance at BYU, Provo in her February 15, 2022 article. The Fallowses commented on the role young people play in sustaining and improving the towns they grew up in. “This is something that is on you to figure out yourselves of what you can do to build strong communities. A few things that we have observed, I would say the most is to think of engaging in something where you find your passion,” Deborah Fallows said. “Go out and join things, be a part of your community, learn to find your voice there and to do what you can.”

Read the article here.

February 17, 2022

The larger value two national journalists see in Latter-day Saint missions

Tad Walch of the Deseret News reported on Deborah and James Fallows’s February 17, 2022 appearance at a BYU, Provo forum. The Fallowes compared their experiences living in China and crisscrossing the United States to write a book and produce a documentary both titled Our Towns with those of young missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Said Deborah Fallows, “You have a secret weapon that other people your age don’t have. You are going into your calling in these communities and having the opportunity as an outsider to see what makes them work. What are the keys here? Who are the people who are making these towns grow? And what are they doing? Those are lessons you can bring back to your communities in your life and apply to wherever it is you end up living to build the strength of your communities.”

Read the article here.

December 15, 2021

Profiled in Phi Kappa Phi Forum

National Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi’s Forum Magazine recently profiled James and Deborah Fallows and the writing of Our Towns.

“Since its early days, America has inspired writers to travel its reaches, reporting their findings to the rest of the world,” Forum editor Danny Heitman writes. Our Towns, he says, allows the Fallowses to stake their claim on the genre.

Read the article here.

May 11, 2021

HBO’s “Our Towns” Documentary Shows Off Small-Town Beauty

Deborah and James Fallows join Tamron Hall to discuss their expansive perspective on America.

Watch the interview here.

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

Test Post

Test description

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 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.