James and Deborah Fallows In the Press

Interviewed on Arkansas Education Television Network

Posted on August 9th, 2019 at 6:23 PM

Arkansas Education Television Network

AETN Barnes and Interview with James Fallows

Barnes and a Conversation with…” in production for more than 20 years, is a cutting-edge current affairs program featuring conversations with a variety of prominent individuals from many interests and backgrounds. This AETN public affairs series is hosted by veteran journalist Steve Barnes. In this edition, Barnes speaks with James Fallows about Our Towns: A 100,000 Mile Journey Into the Heart of America, a book he co-wrote with his wife, Deborah Fallows.

Featured in Sioux Falls.Business

Posted on July 31st, 2019 at 7:56 PM

Sioux Falls.Business

Sioux Falls.Business, Fallowses: Way Sioux Falls Talks About Itself Has Changed

Sioux Falls.Business reports on the Fallowses recent return visit to the city with an HBO film crew to film a segment of their upcoming documentary on Our Towns. As an illustration of the changes they have seen since their first visit almost six years ago, Deb produced a new word cloud of the city's self talk.

See the word clouds and read the article here.

Referenced in Fair Observer

Posted on July 31st, 2019 at 7:33 PM

Fair ObserverFair Observer, Brainbelts are Making America Great Again

In his July 29, 2019 article, Fair Observer Editor-in-Chief Atul Singh discusses Antoine van Agtmael and Fred Bakker's 2016 book The Smartest Places on Earth. The authors make the case that many of the rustbelt regions of America are quietly coming back. 

He references Our Towns' story of reinvention in the American heartland as further support and "good news for the US" as they report that “positive and practical developments” are taking place at the local and regional level.

Read the article here.

Featured in The Christian Science Monitor

Posted on July 28th, 2019 at 4:16 PM

Christian Science MonitorChristian Science Monitor, The new frontier of rural America

Editor Mark Sappenfield's July 28, 2019 Christian Science Monitor column features Our Towns. The story references the trend among some young people to go back to rural America amid a pursuit for inner joy.

Read the column here.


Recommended Reading by The Presbyterian Outlook

Posted on July 25th, 2019 at 8:31 PM

The Presbyterian Outlook

The Presbyterian Outlook, Recommended Reading

The Presbyterian Outlook invited a variety of people they admire to share books that made an impression on them and that they think others will find meaningful. Our Towns tops their recommended summer reading list. 

Says Deborah McKinley, pastor of East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church in Craftsbury, Vermont, "The Fallows settled upon 10 ½ distinguishing characteristics of civic success that are very interesting. (The ½ is being home to a craft brewery or distillery.) I found myself reflecting on these attributes as they might pertain to the church. It made for a very rich inner conversation."

Featured in Nonprofit Quarterly

Posted on July 23rd, 2019 at 5:36 PM

Nonprofit QuarterlyNonprofit Quarterly, Homegrown Economic Dev Bears Fruit in VA

Steve Dubb's July 23, 2019 column in Nonprofit Quarterly highlights Jim and Deb Fallowses' efforts to illustrate effective economic development activities in Danville, VA. The city's focus on investing in building community capacity, Dubbs points out, often outperforms efforts to buy success through tax incentives. 

Read the column here.

Featured in the Elk Rapids News

Posted on July 21st, 2019 at 5:22 PM

Elk Rapids NewsElk Rapids News, Authors to Share Journey into Heart of America

Barb Mosher of the Elk Rapids News features Jim and Deb's upcoming appearance in Elk Rapids, Michigan, July 25 at 5:30 p.m., sponsored by Green Elk Rapids.

Said Royce Ragland, Green Elk Rapids chairperson, “Although we clearly see our mission as raising awareness about environmental issues, we’re also keenly aware that the way we do that is engaging our community and working with other organizations. The message of Our Towns is right on target for the way we try to operate.” For tickets, click here.

The Fallowses will also speak Friday, July 26, at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral Barn at Historic Barns Park in Traverse City, hosted by the GTR Community Foundation. Event registration is $15. For more information and to register, click here.

See Jim and Deb in Elk Rapids, MI

Posted on July 18th, 2019 at 7:58 PM

Elk Rapids poster

More information here.

Featured in the Argus Leader

Posted on July 18th, 2019 at 7:46 PM

Argus LeaderArgus Leader, Sioux Falls Featured in HBO Documentary

Sious Falls' Argus Leader highlights Jim and Deb Fallows bringing their HBO film crew to the city to film a segment of their upcoming documentary. 

Read the article here.

Featured on WDTN Dayton

Posted on July 13th, 2019 at 2:48 PM

WDTN News Dayton, OHWDTN Top 10 Things to Know about the Dayton Economy

WDTN TV's BJ Bethel summarized a recent Ohio State University/Carnegie Endowment for Peace report with 10 takeaways. Number 10, "Microbreweries = Healthy City" was taken from the Our Towns list of 11 signs a city was succeeding or going to succeed. Bethel quotes Jim Fallows, "One final marker, perhaps the most reliable: A city on the way back will have one or more craft breweries, and probably some small distilleries too.”

As of now, Dayton has 17 microbreweries according to Google’s search engine