America’s Fascination with the ‘Pistol-Packing Preacher’

The U.S. has the world's largest Christian population and highest rates of gun ownership. Perhaps it's inevitable that our culture is fascinated with the icons that personify both trends.... READ MORE

Rural by Choice: Seeing Another Side of the Story

In the midst of negative images of rural places, it’s easy to lose track of what’s good – or even great – about living in a small community.... READ MORE

Analysis: Why You Should Care About Undocumented Immigrants

Undocumented workers are an integral part of industries such as farming. Reducing our reliance on undocumented workers will have big impacts for farming communities and American consumers.... READ MORE

‘Looking for someone like me’

Junior college all-star JJ Nakai wants to bring fast-paced, pass-happy style of ‘Rez ball’ to the highest level of women’s basketball.... READ MORE

Crop Insurance Has Unintended Consequences

Federally subsidized crop insurance can help reduce the economic risk for some farmers. But the farm-bill system can also unnecessarily encourage actions that aren't good in the long haul.... READ MORE

Putnam County Schools iPads

An iPad Each: Project ‘Re-Energizes’ Rural School District

A national technology program offers Polk County Schools in southeast Tennessee new tools and new approaches. “We’re really changing the culture of the classroom, not just handing out devices,” says one school leader.... READ MORE

The Futuristic and Constant Landscape of Morgantown

With a geography that is rapidly changing and sci-fi like transportation, Morgantown, West Virginia, may seem out of this world. But it's really the writer who is the alien.  ... READ MORE

Making It Easier to Get Transportation to Rural Health Care

Why is it that Amazon can deliver a case of toilet paper overnight to a person in the Adirondacks in upstate New York, but it takes that same person three days to arrange transportation to a doctor’s appointment?... READ MORE

Homecoming: Vowing ‘I Do’ To a Rural Place

Annual church homecomings help us fulfill our need to belong and to be rooted.... READ MORE


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