New Jobs, New Residents, and New Possibilities
Ajo, Arizona, is the story of a better America
Photos Can Trigger Change in a Town
Democrats Should Talk About Place-Based Policy
Flying Down East
Headed back to Eastport
Flying Into the Deep South
Happy New Year:
See You in June
Life in the Air
Getting from here to there by small plane
The Ebbs and Flows of Coastal Maine
Quoddy Village was built ahead of its time
The Education of Ryan Lochte
What he could learn from America's public pools
Dodge City Postcard
Notes from the ground, from the sky, and from the people of Dodge City, Kansas
From the Air Traffic Controller's Perspective
What Rural Economies Look Like From Above
In Kansas, the advent of an energy industry is inscribing itself on the physical landscape, adding wind farms to wheat farms.
The Multi-Dimensional Reality of the Nation,
vs. the Flattened Reality of National Politics
A Good Start
America by Air:
Awards for Civic Engagement:
37 New Examples
America 2016, in 2 Quotes
Hmmm, Why Does This Sound Familiar?
No, I'm Not Kidding, They Actually Matter in Civic Development!
Listening to Montana
In Chester, Montana, a world away from city life inspires an artist's music.
With the PBS NewsHour
in Greenville, SC
Local Success, National Paralysis:
How Does it Balance Out?
Hmmm, This Sounds Like Something I Would Agree With
Hmmm, Where Have We Heard This Before? (Super Tuesday Edition)
In Which Warren Buffett Agrees With Me (or Perhaps Vice Versa)
How America Is Putting Itself Back Together
Most people in the U.S. believe their country is going to hell. But they're wrong. What a three-year journey by single-engine plane reveals about reinvention and renewal.
Fareed Zakaria GPS, and Another Traveler's Views
What Presidential Campaigns Show About Civic Fiber
American Futures Master List:
Some of the Hundreds of Places We Would Like to Go
"There is more going on, in more places, than you imagined."
Can America Put Itself Back Together? Kicking Off Another Season
Across the country, people think America is going to hell—but things look better here locally. Why the general tone of the moment's politics is wrong.
Jim and Deb Fallows Talk "American Futures" with Kai Ryssdal
How public swimming pools show you the heart of a town
An Innovative Library in Oregon, and Other Reports From the Road
Kicking off reports from the inland Northwest, plus a happy birthday to James Baldwin
America and Iran, at Walden Pond
From his tiny room in Tehran, an Iranian scholar imagined what a classic American scene would look like. Here is what happened when he had a chance to see for himself.
The Good Ol' Days of the Motor Hotel Are Back
The metamorphosis of a Bend, Oregon, motel—from its classic origins, to crack house, to upscale rustic elegance
How to Tell Oregon Apart From New Jersey
If Chris Christie had thought of this for his state's gas stations, maybe he'd be doing better in the 2016 race now
Summer in the Pacific Northwest
The Bend, Oregon, Elks open their baseball season
American Futures: The Pacific Northwest Edition
It's still a bigger, more varied, and more vigorous country than most people would guess.
A Calculated Risk I Decided Not to Take
"Here we were doing what was a 'strafing run' down the highway and talking to Snake Eye and looking for the craters at the south end of the corridor." Why we made this last leg of the journey by car.
Ask and Ye Shall Be Told, Mystery Airplane Edition
Sometimes crowdsourcing pays off.
When I Grow Up ...
Darth Vader vs. Casper the Friendly Ghost, on an airport tarmac
The Long Stretch Home
The fourth day of a cross-country flight
Revisiting The Atlantic's Dust Bowl Series
The third day of a cross-country flight
Connecting Dots Over America
The second day of a cross-country flight
Flying West From the Winter
The first day of a cross-country flight
Thanksgiving in the Dust Bowl
A new understanding of bravery and independence
How to Sign Up for Our 'American Futures' Newsletter
"At the national level, American politics is bitterly polarized, and the mood of the country can seem fearful and downcast. But city by city we've seen examples of collaboration, practical-minded compromise, long-term investment in a region's future, and a coast-to-coast resurgence in manufacturing and other startup activity."
The Flying Housewife
50 years ago, Jerrie Mock became the first woman to fly solo around the world.
Today's Mid-Air Collision Outside Washington
"This reminds us how vulnerable we all are." Lessons from a tragedy
A Day on the Road: A Story-Map View of Allentown
What you find is usually not quite what you were looking for.
Beer Notes From All Over, Starkville Edition
This is the new America.
The Spirit of Easter, Small-Airport Edition
Unexpected hospitality on the road.
St. Marys Interlude: The Okefenokee
Ever wondered what one of America's most famous swamps looks like? Wonder no more.
The Glamorous Life of a Journalist, Couples-Getaway Edition
Addressing America's infrastructure crisis, while people are staying right in the infrastructure.
On the Road Again: St. Marys
Starting the Mardi Gras festivities early in southernmost Georgia
Why We Never Get Over High School
Across the nation, people have different questions they ask when meeting someone new. There are hidden meanings in all of them -- including a popular one about schooling.
The Power of Mapping
Geospatial information is changing the way we approach the world around us. Here's an example.
So, Where Do You Live? What Do You Do?
In Which I Develop New Respect for the Wedding-Industrial Comple
We know that football players are brave. But spare a thought as well for bride-magazine models.
American Futures Heads West
Back on the road and in the air.
'Springbok, Cleared for Landing':
More on the Language of the Skies
Two Ways of Looking at a Landing
"The sea gull ... that would have been the worst."
Recognizing a kindred spirit.
Flying Up Down East
Travel to Eastport
Eastport Road Map
Global Meets Local in a Very Small Town
Eastport on Marketplace
Hearing voices you won't forget, from a small group of inventive and determined people.
Eastport, Maine, Population 1,300
On a per capita basis, one of the grittiest and most inventive places in America.
Notes Cheering and Otherwise, From an American Frontier
Where the country first sees the sunlight each day.
Now, for More Good News About America: Avidyne to the Rescue!
When you have the opportunity to give a deserved compliment, don't let it pass.
EATNN TTUNA SNWCH - hold (at) MAYYO: More on the Secret Language
"The approach fixes, in order, are TRAMP, FLOZY, SILKY, and JAKOR. I'm sensing a pattern here but would love to know the back story."
ITAWT ITAWA PUDYE TTATT:
The Secret Language of the Skies
Buying Local—the Google Angle
OK, I'm biased -- but I think this is an interesting new project.
If You Thought a Profitable Newspaper Was Surprising, How About
More strange tales from the North Country.
'Baltimore Altimeter, 30.46'
Snapshots From a Clear Day in the Northeast
'Say Souls On Board,' and Other Secrets of the Skies
Road Report: Sarah Lee Guthrie
Why someone had to invent the word "serendipity."
Welcome Marketplace Listeners, to American Futures
Kicking off a new collaborative project
Today's Frightening / Inspiring Aerial Videos
How fire-fighting looks from the tanker-pilots' point of view.
Rapid City Report:
What Does Green Mean?
If We're Talking American Orientalism ...
A Theory of Mountain Flying
The safety virtues of multi-modal transportation.
Readers on 'American Orientalism'
Good thing I didn't mention snowmobiles.
On the 'Orientalism' of the Prairie
What happens when the "ordinary objects of our culture" are treated as curiosities.
Life on the Road:
Beef Jerky, Swimming, and a Search for Spiritual Relief
Notes From the Road: Drought, Politics
Politics as sport spills over into real life.
Giant Lawn Machinery Everywhere: This Actually Is a Thing
Industrialization increases productivity. Sort of.
Holland, 'Snowmelt,' 'Patient Capital,' and the Revival of Downt
"I have the best location in all of Western Michigan!"
What ARE Those Weirdo Midwestern Pond-Pools? And Other Aerial Ar
One mystery solved, many to go.
Holland and the Theory of Serial Reportage
Approximating reality, post by post by post.
Welcome to Holland
And so it begins.
The Odd Fallibilities of Flight Aware
Technology, our friend and foe: Chapter 3,189.
American Futures Takes Off
A road-trip-by-air gets its start.
'American Futures' Site-Suggestion Update
"Permanent beta" as a philosophy of travel, and life.
Introducing Our Project