April 14, 2021

There’s optimism and can-do spirit outside Washington: ‘Our Towns’ documentary shows it

Albert Hunt’s April 14, 2021 review in The Hill begins, “America, viewed through the prism of Washington and national politics, is a bitterly polarized country.” But, he goes on, “There is a different America, one that Deb and Jim Fallows discovered in four years flying, in their small plane, around the country. It’s one imbued with a sense of community, an appreciation for the quality of life, a willingness to change and innovate, and to directly confront real problems.”

Describing the Fallowses as “national journalistic treasures,” the documentary, he concludes “makes you feel good about America.”

April 13, 2021

Featured on PeopleTV

People TV’s April 12, 2021 episode featured Our Towns, the HBO Documentary in the days “first look” segment by co-host Jeremy Parsons. This is a “very important documentary,” Parsons concluded.

Watch the episode here, the Our Towns segment begins at 8:22.

April 13, 2021

HBO’S ‘Our Towns’ Tells How Americans Save America

Moundsville Blog’s John W. Miller says quotes James Fallows in the ‘Our Towns’ documentary, “My view of American history is that the country’s always been in trouble. “Wherever we go, people have a certain kind of stubbornness. Even when things are dark, they’re imaging a better future.”

That’s not always true, of course — reality is complicated, some of our towns will die out — but it often is, and those bright lights, all those people working, deserve a big screen.

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.

April 13, 2021

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Our Towns’ on HBO Max, a Documentary About the Struggles and Successes of Smalltown America

Decider’s John Serba reviewed ‘Our Towns,’ the HBO documentary and recommends readers “stream it.” Describing the film as, “the a/v version of spousal journalism duo Deborah and James Fallows’ bestseller, Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America,” the ‘Our Take’ section reads, “THIS IS NOT A POLITICAL DOCUMENTARY. I emphasize this statement because you may be relieved to hear it.”  

April 12, 2021

Featured on MSNBC’s Morning Joe

MSNBC Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough interviewed James and Deborah Fallows about the release of their new HBO documentary ‘Our Towns’ live on his Monday, April 12, 2021 show. James spoke about the country as a vast source of tried and tested ideas and willing participants that can be shared. Said Scarborough, the Fallows are “my nominees for lives lived well.”

April 12, 2021

HBO’s Our Towns Documentary Examines American Struggle and Spirit

The Erie Reader’s contributing editor, Ben Speggen, reviewed ‘Our Towns,’ writing, “the documentary, filmed before the pandemic, acknowledges the looming, global crisis of the day without letting it strangle the stories.”

He concludes, “the ‘hey, we should try that in our town!’ is the story that America remains in the hands of Americans, an ever-evolving, ever-growing group of people with many, like those showcased here, working on its faults and celebrating its splendor.”

April 08, 2021

The Wall Street Journal Recommends ‘Our Towns’ the HBO Documentary

The Wall Street Journal’s John Anderson writes in his review of ‘Our Towns’ the HBO documentary, “The viewpoint is clear: What’s happening everywhere is, in fact, happening everywhere. Drug problems, space problems, housing problems, race problems. No one escapes these. But in smaller towns, things may be more manageable. And making life tangibly better seems more achievable, with a combination of resilience and community.”

Anderson concludes that although the presumption that the “real” America exists in the so-called heartland is not a new, the idea that the differences between the problems of major cities and smaller towns is really a question of scale, is.

March 31, 2021

‘Our Towns’ HBO Documentary Recommended by LifeSavvy

LifeSavvy’s Shea Simmons recommends Our Towns in her March 31, 2021 column. She concludes, “If you live in or come from a small town, or just enjoy documentaries on American life, you should definitely add Our Towns to your watch list. 

March 29, 2021

Hunker Recommends ‘Our Towns’ HBO Documentary on ‘5 Shows for Design Lovers to Binge in April’

The home site Hunker named ‘Our Towns’ HBO Documentary as one of their five shows to watch if you’re more interested in staying on your couch than venturing outside some days. Author Eva Recinos comments, “this documentary gives us another deep dive into communities across the U.S. It highlights the challenges and resilience of each of these places.”

March 24, 2021

HBO Announces Premier of ‘Our Towns’ Documentary

HBO’S Our Towns, a panoramic yet intimate look at small towns throughout America, debuts April 13, 2021 on HBO and HBO MAX.

March 24, 2021

Recommended by ‘What to Watch’

What to Watch’s Phil Nickinson recommended ‘Our Towns’ the HBO documentary, writing, “The film provides an expansive perspective on America that finds unexpected connections between personal stories, community actions, and the arc of history. Although filmed before the pandemic, ‘Our Towns’ speaks to how the country, and by extension the world, can find a way forward.”

March 18, 2021

Recommended by Fodor’s Travel

In the Fodor’s Travel March 18, 2021 list of 15 top travel memoirs, Danielle Bauter recommends Our Towns. She writes, “Combining their journalistic experience–James is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and Deborah is a linguist and journalist–they uncovered the strength and character of the renaissance that is going on across small-town America.”

March 05, 2021

Announced as Featured Speaker at Bellingham City Club

Moving Forward with a Divided Electorate

The Bellingham City Club has announced James Fallows as the featured speaker for their March 24, 2021 meeting. The virtual event, titled “Moving Forward with a Divided Electorate” will run from 12 noon — 1:30pm PST and is free to attend. Register to receive the link here.

For more information, go to this link.

December 11, 2020

Referenced in PennLive Patriot-News

Harrisburg's Growth has been Stunted by Inaction and Lack of Vision

In his December 11, 2020 opinion article, prospective mayoral candidate Dave Schankweiler references Our Towns and the traits identified of successful towns, for which he sees parallels in Harrisburg. Pennsylvania’s capital, he exhorts, has been at a standstill for the past 12 years. To end the cycle, he proposes a shift in thinking and an entrepreneurial approach to finding solutions — a “can-do revolution from the ground up.”

December 11, 2020

Harrisburg’s Growth has been Stunted by Inaction and Lack of Vision

In his December 11, 2020 opinion article, prospective mayoral candidate Dave Schankweiler references Our Towns and the traits identified of successful towns, for which he sees parallels in Harrisburg. Pennsylvania’s capital, he exhorts, has been at a standstill for the past 12 years. To end the cycle, he proposes a shift in thinking and an entrepreneurial approach to finding solutions — a “can-do revolution from the ground up.”