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James and Deborah Fallows In the Press

Referenced in Longview News-Journal

Posted on March 30th, 2019 at 2:18 PM

Longview News-JournalPool: Seeking Civility in Mason County

The Longview News-Journal's Frank Pool seeks to analyze a map of partisan prejudice in America recently published in The Atlantic, specifically as it relates to the apparent low polarization of Mason County, Texas compared to neighboring counties. A visit to Mason gave Pool the sense of, "a community where people disagree but get past that in dealing with each other."

James and Deborah Fallows as well as David Brooks, he references, have seen the same phenomenon at work outside big cities. 


Featured by Indiana Humanities

Posted on March 22nd, 2019 at 8:39 PM

Indiana HumanitiesWhat we learned from the Our Towns: Indiana Tour

Indiana Humanities reports on five lessons learned during a four-city tour this week this week with James and Deborah Fallows. The tour kicked off the two-year INSeparable iniative co-sponsored by New America Indianapolis.

Read the lessons learned here, watch a replay of the Fallowses' Muncie visit here.


Featured on WFYI Indianapolis

Posted on March 21st, 2019 at 8:07 PM

WFYI IndianapolisWFYI, No Limits

James and Deborah Fallows were the featured guests on WFYI Indianapolis' "No Limits" program on March 19, 2019 discussing community revitalization and how cities around Indiana are tackling the issue. Listen here.

The Fallowses are in Indiana kicking off INseparable, a two-year Indiana Humanities initiative to bring Hoosiers together across boundaries, real or imagined. 


Referenced in The Washington Post

Posted on March 21st, 2019 at 11:33 AM

The Washington PostTrump's Unrealistic Promises to Rust Belt

In his March 19, 2019 column, The Washington Posts's David Ignatius posits that Donald Trump may be vulnerable in 2020 in the Rust Belt because he made such "extravagant" promises while courting voters there in 2016. In the face of closures like that of GM's Lordstown, Ohio plant this month, Ignatius argues that embracing new technologies and innovation, rather than trying to "turn back the clock" is the key to success.

Another key ingredient, Ignatius writes, is being welcoming to refugees. He references one of Our Towns' 10 characteristics of communities successfully adapting to change is that they, "make themselves open."


Featured in The Daily News

Posted on March 19th, 2019 at 12:55 PM

The Daily NewsAuthors Discuss What Makes Successful Cities

On Monday, March 18, James and Deborah Fallows kicked off the first event of Indiana Humanities' two-year program INseparable, a plan designed to look at how communities relate to each other. The Our Towns: Indiana Tour, co-sponsored by New America Indianapolis, will visit three additional Indiana communities, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, and Angola this week. 


Featured on West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Posted on March 16th, 2019 at 6:37 PM

West Virginia Public BroadcastingCouple Traveled 100,000 Miles Exploring Rural America, Here's What They Found

In her March 14, 2019 podcast with James and Deborah Fallows, West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Roxy Todd explores the sense of hope the Fallowses found for the economic future of smaller, rural communities. 

When a large employer goes away, Jim Fallows said, communities need to look to a diversity of smaller initiatives, some of which will succeed. "You don't know which bet is gonna make it," Fallows said, "so you make lots of bets." Listen to the podcast here.


Upcoming Indiana Tour

Posted on March 15th, 2019 at 9:21 AM

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Featured in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Posted on March 11th, 2019 at 8:30 PM

The Journal GazetteFive Questions with James and Deborah Fallows

In their Monday, March 11, 2019 editorial The Journal Gazette previews the Fallowses' upcoming discussion of the travel and research that led to the Our Towns book. The March 20, 2019 appearance at Indiana Tech will be moderated by Ashley C. Ford, host of the online show "Profile by BuzzFeed News." For more information go to the events link.


Named to Curbed 'Must-Read Books about Cities by Women'

Posted on March 10th, 2019 at 5:48 PM

CurbedMust-Read Books about Cities Written by Women

On National Women's Day, Curbed's Alissa Walker named 25 'Must-read books about cities written by women,' including Our Towns.

After writing a story about how urbanist discourse often shuts out women's voices, Walker, Curbed's Urbanism Editor, put out a call for woman-authored books. The resulting list is a, "collection of essential perspectives on topics where women have much to contribute."


Named #1 Summer Road Trip Book by Spy.com

Posted on March 10th, 2019 at 5:28 PM

Spy.com

Spy.com #1 Summer Road Trip Book

For those planning the great American summer road trip, Melissa Maize of Spy.com recommends a number of books for research.

#1 is Our Towns.