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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? 

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.”

Emancipation Day Commemoration in Eastern Mississippi

Emancipation Day Commemoration in Eastern Mississippi

"It's not a black thing. It's not a white thing. It's an American thing."

The New Industrial Belt: The Deep South

The New Industrial Belt: The Deep South

Does America still "make things?" Come take a look ... in Mississippi.

Beer Notes From All Over, Starkville Edition

Beer Notes From All Over, Starkville Edition

This is the new America.

A Song of America's Downtowns

A Song of America's Downtowns

A heartening surprise of our travel so far: the breadth, seriousness, and—in some places—success of the effort to revitalize small-town downtowns. Or, what 3 programmers from Uzbekistan taught us about America.

The Spirit of Easter, Small-Airport Edition

The Spirit of Easter, Small-Airport Edition

Unexpected hospitality on the road.

6th and I Program on C-SPAN Tonight

6th and I Program on C-SPAN Tonight

What you learn when you trek around in a little propeller plane.

Please Join Us at 6th and I This Evening

Please Join Us at 6th and I This Evening

Tales from the road, in DC.

Takeoff and Landing, From Inside the Cockpit

Takeoff and Landing, From Inside the Cockpit

The sense of 3-D swimming through space that comes with small plane flight.

Your Linguistic Tour of the Okefenokee

Your Linguistic Tour of the Okefenokee

See if you can be Swampwise.

Swampwise!

Swampwise!

Dipthongs turn into monopthongs, and other adventures among the cypress knees.

The Seas? The Skies? The Transformation of a Company Town, Part 2

The Seas? The Skies? The Transformation of a Company Town, Part 2

One economic titan has fallen, another has taken its place, but a city wants to expand its options.

St. Marys Interlude: The Okefenokee

St. Marys Interlude: The Okefenokee

Ever wondered what one of America's most famous swamps looks like? Wonder no more.

The Transformation of a Company Town: St. Marys, Part 1

The Transformation of a Company Town: St. Marys, Part 1

What happens when the company shuts down?

'I Love Sioux Falls,' Word-Cloud Style

'I Love Sioux Falls,' Word-Cloud Style

What residents' words tell you about their town.

The Word Cloud of a Town

The Word Cloud of a Town

How the people of Sioux Falls describe themselves and their hometown.

A High School That Teaches Students to Fly, and Other Innovations in 'Career Technical' Education

A High School That Teaches Students to Fly, and Other Innovations in 'Career Technical' Education

"A lot of problem-solving skills grow out of the experience of doing things rather than thinking about things."

'Career Technical' Education: More Middle in the Middle Class?

'Career Technical' Education: More Middle in the Middle Class?

Training students for jobs that are less likely to be outsourced, de-skilled, or stuck at minimum wage.

High School in Southern Georgia: What 'Career Technical' Education Looks Like

High School in Southern Georgia: What 'Career Technical' Education Looks Like

A school that is famous for football is notable in an entirely different way.

'Where Do You Go to Church?' The Video and Mapping Versions

'Where Do You Go to Church?' The Video and Mapping Versions

More ways of taking the measure of this vast country.

The Biggest Story in Photos

Scenes From 21st-Century China

Why We Tend to Show Our Left Side in Pictures
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