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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? 

'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 Vermont Lake Monsters, and Other Updates From the Road

The Vermont Lake Monsters, and Other Updates From the Road

Are people in smaller towns "nicer" than cosmopolitans? No. But their political structures are working better.

The Glamorous Life of a Journalist, Couples-Getaway Edition

The Glamorous Life of a Journalist, Couples-Getaway Edition

Addressing America's infrastructure crisis, while people are staying right in the infrastructure.

Greenville, Burlington, and American Futures

Greenville, Burlington, and American Futures

"I loathed it with the heat of a thousand million suns."

What My School Means to Me: Essays from 3 High Schoolers

What My School Means to Me: Essays from 3 High Schoolers

How students at an unusual school think—and write—about their experience.

On the Road Again: St. Marys

On the Road Again: St. Marys

Starting the Mardi Gras festivities early in southernmost Georgia

East, West, and Points in Between

East, West, and Points in Between

Where the Pacific Ocean is east of the Atlantic

There's a Reason They Call It 'Eastport'

There's a Reason They Call It 'Eastport'

East is east, and west is west, and the twain can meet -- sort of.

Why We Never Get Over High School

Why We Never Get Over High School

Across the nation, people have different questions they ask when meeting someone new. There are hidden meanings in all of them -- including a popular one about schooling.

John Tierney on the Power of Mapping

John Tierney on the Power of Mapping

A picture is worth a thousand words; the right map, maybe more

The Power of Mapping

The Power of Mapping

Geospatial information is changing the way we approach the world around us. Here's an example. 

The <em>Parks and Recreation</em> Theory of America's Future

The Parks and Recreation Theory of America's Future

What we discuss at the national level has surprisingly little to do with startup decisions. Some provocative data about where America is growing, and why.

The Surprising Geography of Everyday Talk

The Surprising Geography of Everyday Talk

A familiar voice in a new location

What We Mean When We Say Hello

The curious geography of American greetings

So, Where Do You Live? What Do You Do?

So, Where Do You Live? What Do You Do?

By Deborah Fallows

Dreaming Big in South Carolina: A Public Boarding School for the Arts
Dadgum! Katy, Bar the Door! Speaking Your Mind in South Carolina SCPRT

Smaller-Town Startups: 'Stopping the Brain Drain' in South Carolina

'People say, this is my ticket Out.' Then, they want to stay.

America's Tiniest Engineers: Report From Greenville, South Carolina
My Current Favorite TV Ad

My Current Favorite TV Ad

"For the most part, give or take, today is actually ... pretty great."

In Which I Develop New Respect for the Wedding-Industrial Complex Reuters

In Which I Develop New Respect for the Wedding-Industrial Complex

We know that football players are brave. But spare a thought as well for bride-magazine models.

The Biggest Story in Photos

Photos of the Week: 7/19-7/25

Why We Tend to Show Our Left Side in Pictures
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