Three Big Lessons From One Small Town
Connections, parallel themes, and lessons from Danville
An American Story, Starting in Kosovo
Idealistic people from outside America's borders have continually prompted the country to live up to its own ideals; an example from Erie.
A Community Within A Community
Restoring Spirit and Pride in Danville
Fort Wayne Makes Its Own Luck
Breadth, density, and boldness of experimentation
A Big Step for Little Eastport
A new life for the Seacoast Canning Company
Erie and America
The challenges of Rust Belt America are real, and well-known. What's less familiar is the response some mid-sized cities are making.
On National Beer Day, Craft Brewers Improving Water, and Life,
In More Ways than One
Listening to Montana
In Chester, Montana, a world away from city life inspires an artist's music.
American Futures Updates, from MS to AZ to CA
NPR conveys the sound of an innovative school in Mississippi, plus other news from the road
Isabella Greenway, Pioneering American Woman
The first Arizonan congresswoman, a lifelong friend of Eleanor Roosevelt, lived a remarkable life.
Fresno to South Bend to Louisville:
The Elusive Elements of Civic Success
Can Cars Save Downtown?
Fresno, California prepares to rip up its landmark pedestrian mall and replace it with a street.
Ajo, Arizona: Oasis in the Desert
How a city with century-old "good bones" tries to reinvent itself.
Ajo, Arizona: A Small Town Pushed to the Brink, and Coming Back
What does a town do when most of its people lose their jobs nearly overnight? For the people of this small town, the surprising answer places heavy emphasis on the arts.
Talking With Dan Richard About High-Speed Rail
The chairman of California's costly and controversial infrastructure project explains why (in his view) it actually will get built—and whether its champion, 77-year-old Governor Jerry Brown, is likely to be able to take a ride.
How to Create a Tech Startup Scene
Pittsburgh's success provides important and surprising clues.
Revisiting The Atlantic's Dust Bowl Series
The third day of a cross-country flight
The Past Is Never Past: Slave Labor in the West Virginia Salt Wo
"It is not fair to the men who were forced to work in this industry to celebrate the salt without celebrating them as well."
Another Look at Salt-Harvesting in West Virginia
Combine ancient ingredients with a modern sensibility, and a new business takes form.
Artisanal Salt From an Ancient Sea
A different kind of underground wealth is the source of a new business in West Virginia.
How Political Leadership Makes City Streets Bikeable
Pittsburgh's Mayor Bill Peduto shows what political will and determination can do.
How Green Riverfronts Transformed Pittsburgh
The City of Bridges revives the rivers that helped make it an economic powerhouse.
America's Tiniest Innovators: Report from Pittsburgh
Teaching technology and life lessons in an urban elementary school
The Story of Moop: How an Unlikely Company Came to Be
A Pittsburgh woman managed to build a successful bag company from a failed effort to make a dress.
The iPhone Case That Can Call the Police
A startup in Pittsburgh has designed a smartphone case and app to deter assault and help catch the attackers.
The Company That Turns Plastic Bottles Into Fabric—and Jobs
A startup in Pittsburgh shows what a social enterprise is capable of.
The Hard Road to Making Hard Liquor
A look at a nascent distillery in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley
Reparations, from Minnesota to Mississippi
The regional differences, and similarities, in the long struggle to come to terms with racial injustice in the United States.
The Parks and Recreation Theory of America's Future
What we discuss at the national level has surprisingly little to do with startup decisions. Some provocative data about where America is growing, and why.
Ice Cream, Chocolate, Coffee, and Beer
Take ingredients and blend, for small-town synergy.
Luck? Planning? Karma? The Elements of a Small Town's High-Tech
A software company grows in an unlikely setting. "Why here?" we ask the founders.
Building a Museum: Report From Down East
A Maine couple defies the odds -- and helps to build community in the process.
Small Town, Big Tides, Bigger Ambitions
Ocean Renewable Power in Eastport
Back on the Bright Side: Silicon Valley in Vermont
Why did this company end up on the shores of Lake Champlain, rather than on the San Francisco Bay or Puget Sound?
Burlington Makes, the World Takes:
The Story of NRG Systems