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

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

Ecliptical Realities

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

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.

Pioneer Letitia Carson Escaped Slavery to Became One of Oregon’s First Farmers

Racial justice advocates work to memorialize the historic homestead of Letitia and her white husband David Carson
Jaclyn Moyer, High Country News
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From Midwest Connections

Midwest Connections

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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September 13, 2023

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Seek Common Ground

To build community, we have to step outside of our bubble

September 7, 2023

Why the Health of Rural Communities Depends on Universal Broadband

Telehealth could save lives and reduce costs for underserved rural households.

September 6, 2023

Rural Tennessee County Uses Opioid Settlement Funds to Collect Highway Litter

None of the $2.7 million Greene County has received has been used to address its epidemic of drug overdose deaths

Aneri Pattani, KFF Health News