How Oklahoma State University Plans to Boost Rural Journalism

Local news faces major challenges. Small town journalism internships offer a promising solution.

High-Speed Thrills and Warm Weather Blues at the ‘Snowmobile Capital of the World’

As snowmobile racers compete for the title of world champion in Eagle River, Wisconsin, warm weather signals an uncertain future for the sport and its community
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Wendell Berry: What New York Times Columnist Paul Krugman Gets Wrong About Rural America

‘Those of us who speak for the country (“rural America”) must never give up’

How Illinois Is Bringing Grocery Stores Back to Main Street

A team at Western Illinois University, bolstered by a first-of-its-kind initiative, is helping towns across the state democratize their food economy

The Shrinking Mississippi Delta County Where Getting a Degree Means Leaving Home Behind

In Issaquena County, Mississippi, the entangled history of race, segregation and education raise hard questions about the county’s future
Molly Minta, Mississippi Today; photography by Eric J. Shelton, Mississippi Today

Our Readers’ Favorite Books of 2023

The books—old and new—that our readers and staff enjoyed this year

A Wandering Spirit, A Driftless Heart

Remembering the life and novels of David Rhodes one year after his death

Madeline Island Moves Toward Zero Waste

How residents on a remote Wisconsin island turn trash to treasure

Rage Against the Outrage Machine

The virtue of seeing the other in their many dimensions
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On Caucus Day in Iowa, a Different Kind of Spin Cycle

Ordinary acts of care teach us to look beyond false claims to glory

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October 25, 2023

How the ’70s Counterculture Shaped My Ozark Childhood

Going back-to-the-land meant confronting my family's, and our nation's, fraught racial history

October 17, 2023

Ecliptical Realities

A writer's quest to discover the allure of the eclipse

October 9, 2023

As Rural Hospitals Disappear, Air Ambulances Struggle to Fill the Gap

Air ambulances are now a lifeline for many rural communities. But there is no guarantee they'll stick around.