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The fourth day of a cross-country flight

Revisiting <em>The Atlantic</em>'s Dust Bowl Series

Revisiting The Atlantic's Dust Bowl Series

The third day of a cross-country flight

That Winning Bid for California's High-Speed Rail: Is It Suspiciously Low?

That Winning Bid for California's High-Speed Rail: Is It Suspiciously Low?

"No one should have the illusion that this phase is going to be completed for $1.2 billion. This is a political number." So says a critic of the surprisingly low successful bid. The rail system's chairman begs to differ.

California High-Speed Rail: It's Happening

California High-Speed Rail: It's Happening

Three weeks from now, a groundbreaking ceremony on the most important infrastructure project now underway in the United States

A Vibrant American Musical Career, far From America's Cultural Capitals

A Vibrant American Musical Career, far From America's Cultural Capitals

What Larry Groce discovered by launching a national radio program from an out-of-the-way location

How the Arts Drove Pittsburgh's Revitalization

How the Arts Drove Pittsburgh's Revitalization

The role of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, founded by a wealthy band of visionaries 30 years ago, is central—but hard to replicate.

The Past Is Never Past: Slave Labor in the West Virginia Salt Works

The Past Is Never Past: Slave Labor in the West Virginia Salt Works

"It is not fair to the men who were forced to work in this industry to celebrate the salt without celebrating them as well."

Connecting Dots Over America

Connecting Dots Over America

The second day of a cross-country flight

Another Look at Salt-Harvesting in West Virginia

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

Artisanal Salt From an Ancient Sea

A different kind of underground wealth is the source of a new business in West Virginia.

Flying West From the Winter

Flying West From the Winter

The first day of a cross-country flight

On the Politics of American Resilience

On the Politics of American Resilience

One reader urges me to embrace my inner conservative. Other readers say: Not so fast!

Thanksgiving in the Dust Bowl

Thanksgiving in the Dust Bowl

A new understanding of bravery and independence

How Political Leadership Makes City Streets Bikeable

How Political Leadership Makes City Streets Bikeable

Pittsburgh's Mayor Bill Peduto shows what political will and determination can do.

What Millennials Love About Pittsburgh

What Millennials Love About Pittsburgh

'Land of Opportunity' has real meaning here.

A New Vocabulary for American Towns

A New Vocabulary for American Towns

Three 21st-century words that are driving the nation's most dynamic municipalities

How Green Riverfronts Transformed Pittsburgh

How Green Riverfronts Transformed Pittsburgh

The City of Bridges revives the rivers that helped make it an economic powerhouse.

A Field Trip to America's Public Libraries

A Field Trip to America's Public Libraries

How they serve the needs of their communities

America's Tiniest Innovators: Report from Pittsburgh

America's Tiniest Innovators: Report from Pittsburgh

Teaching technology and life lessons in an urban elementary school

The Story of 'Moop': How a Company Came to Be

The Story of 'Moop': How a Company Came to Be

A Pittsburgh woman managed to build a successful bag company from a failed effort to make a dress.

California Dreamin': How Collaboration Builds Small-Town Communities

California Dreamin': How Collaboration Builds Small-Town Communities

In Winters, California, a library, a swimming pool, and a school make a big difference in the quality of life.

The iPhone Case That Can Call the Police

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 Biggest Story in Photos

Winners of the 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest

Why We Tend to Show Our Left Side in Pictures
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