Photo by Lance Booth.

In the Black: Who’s Hiring?

Suspended from work for one week and facing the possibility of termination for making home movies underground, Gary considers his options for continuing his mining career.... READ MORE

Ralph Stanley

Ralph Stanley, 1927-2016: He Took the Music ‘Back into the Mountains’

When bluegrass musicians began experimenting with blends of rock and roll, jazz, and country, this “Clinch Mountain Boy” held fast to tradition. Ralph Stanley’s voice helped define a musical genre, a region, and an approach to making art that matters.... READ MORE

Red areas voted to leave the European Union; blue areas, to stay.

Politics & Elections: Polling Finds Rural-Urban Gaps

Latest polling looks at rural, urban differences in three states. In Congress, Democrats find new backbone on gun issue.... READ MORE

Taco Bell shell prep. Photo via Wahyu Indonesia/YouTube

Speak Your Piece: You’re Welcome, Taco Bell

When Mona Desselle was a teenager, she withstood the dangers of a tornado, deep fryer, and armed robber just to do her job at a fast-food restaurant.  She got little financial reward in return. But decades later, those experiences inspired her award-winning essay – written as part of her studies at a rural community college in Texas.... READ MORE

From the series "Georgia Georgia." All photos by Kyler Zeleny (except the one on the left, above, which is by Russian photographer Yanina Shevchenko)

Viewfinder: Kyler Zeleny

Canadian photographer Kyler Zeleny explains the pleasures of freestyle wandering, how being raised in a small town can affect your social skills, and the benefits of taking pie from strangers.... READ MORE

Barn and home near Ashfield, Massachusetts. Photo by Shawn Poynter/Daily Yonder

Speak Your Piece: Mass. Rural Commission Needs to Step Up, Bear Down

Bay State Gov. Charlie Baker has a chance to show concern for rural parts of Massachusetts through the legislatively mandated Rural Policy Advisory Commission. But the governor’s weak support of the commission may indicate he’d rather “pay back” rural Massachusetts for supporting his opponent in 2014.... READ MORE

Photo by Lance Booth.

In the Black: Making Movies

Everyone wanted to know what it was like to work underground. Showing them was as easy as getting a digital camera, setting up a YouTube account, and breaking state and federal law.... READ MORE

Carolyn Ford, Executive Director of North Florida Educational Development Corporation, right, attends the Rural LISC Seminar in Washington, D.C.  Photo by Deb Lindsey Photography

Speak Your Piece: Rural America – What’s Going Right?

With a focus on assets rather than deficits, rural community developers reinforce the connections that make communities and organizations work at the annual Rural LISC Seminar.... READ MORE

Libby Myers, right, a nurse practitioner at FHN Community Healthcare Center in Freeport, Illinois, examines a patient who recently enrolled in Obamacare. Photo by Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune

Rate of Insured Improves, Especially in States that Expanded Medicaid

A new government brief credits the Affordable Care Act with increasing the proportion of U.S. population that has health insurance. Rural residents in states that expanded Medicaid fared the best, the report says. The news comes amid signs that there will be less competition among insurers next year.... READ MORE

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