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 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.

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 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.

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 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 30, 2021

Referenced in Baptist News Global

In their column “Let’s reimagine how your church property might serve the community,” Brian Foreman and Justin Nelson reference “Our Towns” and the travels of Deb and Jim Fallows. They note that the downtown area of a community “is probably the quickest single marker of the condition of a town.” The authors go on to remind churches that their built capital can be used to “provide and advance human and social capital.”

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.

May 29, 2021

Opinion: Biden’s American Families Plan could rewrite American politics

The Washington Post’s David Ignatius referenced Our Towns highlight of the value of community colleges in his April 29, 2021 column reviewing President Joe Biden’s American Families Plan. “The value of community colleges in giving students technical skills for the jobs of the future was explained powerfully in “Our Towns”, the superb HBO documentary based on a book by journalists James and Deborah Fallows,” said Ignatius.

May 03, 2021

Writers discuss state of the US in documentary ‘Our Towns’

James and Deborah Fallows join Hoda and Jenna to talk about their documentary of the month “Our Towns,” which looks at the resilience of communities across America.

April 30, 2021

Too many Americans are forgotten or misunderstood. ‘Our Towns’ tries to change that.

Nicholas D. Sawicki reviewed the HBO documentary for America The Jesuit Review. “Our Towns,” he says, “recalls the America that was, captures an America that is and foretells an America that is to come—a past, present and future constantly in tension and in conversation with one another in the daily lives of Americans throughout this land.”

April 28, 2021

A Search for Solutions in Our Towns

Zip06.com’s Living Editor Pem McNerney featured ‘Our Towns’ in her April 28, 2021 column. The Essex Library Association will host a discussion of the book on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 5:00pm.

April 26, 2021

Washington Journal

C-SPAN Washington Journal’s Steve Scully interviewed James and Deborah Fallows on their HBO Documentary Our Towns on his Monday, April 26, 2021 program.
See the broadcast here.

April 21, 2021

‘Street’ smarts, ‘Towns’ team, Down East dispatches

Boston Globe correspondent Peter Keough reviewed ‘Our Towns’ the HBO documentary in his April 21, 2021 column. He writes, “… the stories they tell are inspiring, hopeful, and appeal to the values and experiences of all Americans.”

April 16, 2021

HBO documentary ‘Our Towns’ visits 6 American cities and finds unity, not division

Washington Post movie critic Ann Hornaday writes, ‘In “Our Towns,” … hot-button conflict and internecine arguments are left behind in favor of an examination of how communities are actually functioning throughout the United States…”

She concludes, “As an exercise in sincerity, fellowship and earnest inquiry, it might be the most subversive movie in circulation right now.”

April 16, 2021

Review: “Our Towns” Brings Human Dimension to the Forces Shaping America’s Communities

The Daily Yonder’s Adam B. Giorgi reviewed ‘Our Towns,’ the HBO documentary on April 16, 2021. His recommendation concludes, “it might help you feel a new sense of curiosity or connection regarding distant places on the map, to see the folks who live there not as part of the problem, but as fellow members of a nationwide community, proud of where they come from and ever in pursuit of solutions.”