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James and Deborah Fallows In the Press

Featured on C-Span

Posted on May 25th, 2018 at 9:33 AM

Featured on Longform

Posted on May 23rd, 2018 at 9:30 AM

“The credo of reporting—you know, what you don’t know till you show it—that’s my 'this-I-believe.' That’s the reason I’ve stayed in this line of work for this many decades because there’s nothing more fascinating that you can do but to serially satisfy your curiosity about things. What’s it like on an aircraft carrier? What’s it like in a Chinese coalmine? What’s it like in a giant data center in Wyoming? What is it like in all of these things? And journalism gives you a structural excuse to go do those.”

Featured on 89.3 WFPL

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 at 11:18 AM

"But by contrast, city by city by city in most parts of the country, even those dealing most seriously with the opioid disaster, even those that have had the most significant economic dislocation, we found people generally feeling that they were experimenting, finding successful paths forward and moving in the right direction rather than the wrong direction."

Interviewed on Pacifica Radio

Posted on May 20th, 2018 at 10:31 AM

Featured in the Press of Atlantic City

Posted on May 20th, 2018 at 10:27 AM

"When they arrived they asked questions, just not the ones you’ve seen on television. They didn’t ask who people voted for, or where they stood on President Trump or Hillary Clinton, or the wall. Instead, they asked how the local schools were, whether people visited downtown. Whether people are moving into town or leaving."

Featured in Bakersfield

Posted on May 20th, 2018 at 10:23 AM

"The Central Valley is often included when folks disparagingly reference “flyover country” or “the heartland” — those parts of the country that don’t touch an ocean, that some might rather fly over than into. So it’s a welcome surprise to hear that noted journalists planned a years-long journey around America, purposefully landing in these places and staying to look around."

Featured in the Down East Magazine

Posted on May 18th, 2018 at 10:51 AM

"There’s a paradox that I think all of us in the media need to grapple with, which is that polls show that people think it’s really a terrible time for the country, but the vast majority of people think their own communities are getting better."

Featured on Zocalo Public Square

Posted on May 18th, 2018 at 10:46 AM

Featured in The New York Times

Posted on May 18th, 2018 at 10:43 AM

"I’ve been reading “Our Towns” by James Fallows and Deborah Fallows, a tonic of a book about the can-do America unready to succumb to rot. In the many towns the couple visits, immigrants are working hard, enriching the social fabric, and creating wealth."

Featured in The News & Observer

Posted on May 18th, 2018 at 10:36 AM

"In place after place, "Our Towns" captures a sense of energy and confidence among local leaders working to tackle the problems in their own communities. Schools trying out wildly creative approaches to teaching; business owners searching for a new niche in world markets; mayors who understand the importance of a shared story, a civic narrative that people can rally behind."