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The California High-Speed Rail Debate—Kicking Things Off

The Erie Canal. The transcontinental railroad. The Interstate Highway system. Big, expensive, controversial—and indispensable. Is the next one in this series a new rail network in our most famously freeway-centric state? 

California High-Speed Rail: 10 Readers With 10 Views

California High-Speed Rail: 10 Readers With 10 Views

A solution looking for a problem? A genuine leap forward? The best we can expect from messy political half-measures? Or something truly brave? Take your pick.

7 Ways in Which High-Speed Rail Would Help California, According to Its Chairman

7 Ways in Which High-Speed Rail Would Help California, According to Its Chairman

For your reference, a detailed pro-and-con about the most ambitious current attempt to change America's transportation infrastructure

California High-Speed Rail No. 3—Let's Hear From the Chairman

California High-Speed Rail No. 3—Let's Hear From the Chairman

It's time for broader national attention to the most expensive and ambitious infrastructure proposal in America today.

California High-Speed Rail—the Critics' Case

California High-Speed Rail—the Critics' Case

Every big infrastructure project is controversial. Most of them work out better than critics contend early on. But maybe the critics are right about high-speed rail. Let's hear what they say. 

It Takes a Village—to Staff a Factory

It Takes a Village—to Staff a Factory

"It indeed is an oasis, but the passion and commitment are replicable elsewhere." A Kenyan-born man working in Mississippi on some of the things the state has done right.

Raj Shaunak and the Economic Boom in Eastern Mississippi

Raj Shaunak and the Economic Boom in Eastern Mississippi

It's one thing to draw high-skill, high-wage jobs to a place that has historically lacked opportunities. It's something else altogether to find people qualified to fill them. A local answer to a national question.

Smaller Towns as Talent Magnets— the Chance to Make Things Work

Smaller Towns as Talent Magnets— the Chance to Make Things Work

"The kind of people who might have gone to NASA in the 1960s, Wall Street in the 1980s, or Silicon Valley in the late 1990s are now, I think, more likely than ever to work in municipal government." So says a well-educated young small-town mayor.  

Reparations, from Minnesota to Mississippi

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.

Americana: Wade Stadium, Home of the Huskies

Americana: Wade Stadium, Home of the Huskies

An evening in the ballpark, a look into the sports-in-America beat.

Now That Mississippi Is in the News

Now That Mississippi Is in the News

Can the media avoid a freak-show tone?

Build Your Own 3D Printer

Build Your Own 3D Printer

High-school science projects from Mississippi

The Endless Civil War Goes On

The Endless Civil War Goes On

Northerners and Southerners, blacks and whites, grapple once more with the question of "what's the worst we will put up with?"

The Endless Civil War, Continued

The Endless Civil War, Continued

"Should the people in Mississippi stay poor? I would suggest taking a serious look at the answer 'yes'." So says a reader who lives elsewhere.

The Modern Orphans of Mississippi

The Modern Orphans of Mississippi

"Actually, the children live very well." 

Heavy Industry in the Mississippi 'Prairie': Why Are These Factories Here?

Heavy Industry in the Mississippi 'Prairie': Why Are These Factories Here?

"Live every second as if your ASS is on fire," and other words of wisdom.

The Civil War That Does Not End

The Civil War That Does Not End

How to talk, in the 21st century, about the war that divided the country in the 19th century, and the racial patterns set up by slavery long before

Mapping America's Prospects, in Mississippi and Elsewhere

Mapping America's Prospects, in Mississippi and Elsewhere

Images that illustrate the challenges and opportunities Americans face region-by-region.

Theories of History: Joe Max Higgins and the Golden Triangle of Mississippi

Theories of History: Joe Max Higgins and the Golden Triangle of Mississippi

"When Eurocopter came here, people started walking upright a little bit." Why has this part of Mississippi pulled ahead of some others?

A Real Story of Memorial Day

A Real Story of Memorial Day

The origins of this weekend's holiday, linking Mississippi and The Atlantic

Students From Mississippi Write About Their State

Students From Mississippi Write About Their State

"MSMS is often referred to as the most diverse square mile in the state of Mississippi, alluding to academic interests, ethnicities, belief systems, aspirations, and much more," a high school senior writes. "It's true."

A Mississippi School Striving for Excellence

A Mississippi School Striving for Excellence

“I am so happy to be here. I have so many opportunities. I am so fortunate.”

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