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Featured in the Victoria Advocate

Posted on February 21st, 2019 at 6:44 PM

Victoria AdvocateSuccessful Cities Focus on Practical Solutions

University of Houston - Victoria President Robert Glenn recommended Our Towns to his fellow citizens interested in working with him to make the city more livable and attractive for newcomers.

The article, published in the Victoria Advocate, concludes by asking readers to suggest local projects they feel would make Victoria, Texas a destination city.


Named to Five Books' Best Books List

Posted on February 19th, 2019 at 7:31 PM

Five BooksBest Books on America's Increasingly Challenged Position on World Affairs

Our Towns has been named to Five Books' list of Best Books on America's Increasingly Challenged Position in World Affairs. Ali Wyne, a foreign policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, compiled the list to help people better understand America's current role in the world.

He put the book on the list, Wyne reported, "Because it affirms what makes America a superpower, the idea that the country can rebuild itself and that its polity is resilient."

He says of James and Deborah Fallows, "Their book gives me a sense of optimism about America's capacity for reinvention. They have a good sense for taking the pulse of the country."


Featured on WITF's Smart Talk

Posted on February 18th, 2019 at 2:00 PM

WITF Smart TalkWITF Smart Talk Our Towns

WITF's February 18th Smart Talk program features James and Deborah Fallows discussing the characteristics of successful cities. 

Smart Talk, hosted by Scott LaMar, is a daily, live, interactive program featuring conversations with newsmakers and experts in a variety of fields and exploring a wide range of issues and ideas. It airs live every week day at 9am and 7pm on WITF's 89.5 and 93.3 in the central Pennsylvania region.


Fallowses to Launch Indiana Humanities' INseparable Initiative

Posted on February 17th, 2019 at 2:15 PM

Journal GazetteJournal Gazette Couple Wants to Talk about Our Towns

Indiana Humanities has announced James and Deborah Fallows will launch their INseparable initiative, a two-year effort to help Hoosiers evaluate how they relate to each other across real or imagined boundaries. A four-city tour, with stops in Fort Wayne, Angola, Muncie, and Indianapolis, will pair the Fallowses with local moderators leading a discussion.

Indiana Humanities is a nonpartisan nonprofit that supports programs that encourage people to think, read, and talk. For more information or to register, go to OurTownsBook.com/Events.


Featured in The Advocate

Posted on February 15th, 2019 at 6:18 PM

The AdvocateThe Advocate, As Washington Gridlocks

In their February 15, 2019 editorial, The Advocate points to Our Towns for examples of local progress across the country. They posit that the book's essential message is that, "Once you get past the tweets and countertweets and cable news foodfights that pass for civil discourse in Washington, things are actually getting done in many parts of the heartland."

"It's evidence, the Fallowses suggest, that while civic progress might seem stalled in the nation's capital, victories are being scored in local places. To the degree that Our Towns has found an audience, it's no doubt because people are hungry for good news where they can find it."


Featured in The Press Democrat

Posted on February 15th, 2019 at 5:47 PM

The Press DemocratThe Press Democrat, Let's Give a Little Love to our Hometown Libraries

In his February 15, 2019 column, Pete Golis references Deb Fallows' findings about the changing nature of libraries. "The best libraries, she wrote for The Atlantic magazine, are 'bustling civic centers' where technology, education and community come together."

Sonoma County passed a tax measure in 2016 to improve library access, expand collections, and improve buildings. Still, Golis feels, there is work to do, particularly in Roseland where the branch has been housed in the front section of an abandoned store for almost four years. He concludes, "All of our libraries should be places we want to show off when our grandchildren come to town."


Inaugural Guests on PBS' Innovating the Future

Posted on February 10th, 2019 at 3:33 PM

AZ PBS Innovating the Future GraphicAZ PBS Our Towns

Watch New America CEO Anne-Marie Slaughter's interview with Jim and Deb Fallows, the inaugural guests on 'Innovating the Future,' a new program sponsored by the New America Foundation and Arizona PBS.

Other guests in the 19-episode series include New York Times columnist David Brooks, retired four-star Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, among others.


Referenced in Crain's Cleveland Business

Posted on February 10th, 2019 at 2:45 PM

Crain's Cleveland BusinessSt Louis Might Offer

In his February 5, 2019 opinion column, Bloomberg's Noah Smith References Our Towns' illustrations of paths of economic revival. He describes the potential duplication of efforts possible in the numerous independent municipalities and unincorporated Census areas surrounding St. Louis. He likens the situation to Cleveland's, a small city in the center of a surburban patchwork.


Featured by the American Enterprise Institute

Posted on February 7th, 2019 at 7:21 PM

AEIAEI Community Matters

Jim and Deb Fallows were featured panelists at AEI's discussion of their recent Survey on Community and Society. Watch the full panel discussion at this link.


Announced as Inaugural Guests on PBS' 'Innovating the Future'

Posted on January 31st, 2019 at 7:20 PM

Arizona PBS

AZ PBS Innovating the Future

Arizona PBS announced James and Deborah Fallows as the inaugural guests on the new program 'Innovating the Future.' Hosted by New America CEO Ann-Marie Slaughter on Friday evenings at 7:30pm starting February 8, the show will delve into ways education, sports, innovations, and open dialogue can be used to shape a better community, country, and world. The Fallowses' Our Towns book serves as, "an inspiration for the show, shining a light on the Americans working to rebuild their communities."

Other guests for the 19-episode season include New York Times columnist David Brooks, retired four-star Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, among others.