Most people in the U.S. believe their country is going to hell. But they’re wrong. What a three-year journey by single-engine plane reveals about reinvention and renewal.
Often it seems that modern presidents can’t do anything — except wage war. Here’s a heartening exception.
Mississippi schools come in #49 in many national rankings. Read these essays and poems by high school students from Columbus, Mississippi. Then tell the folks who make up the rankings that they need a different algorithm.
Across the country, people think America is going to hell—but things look better here locally. Why the general tone of the moment’s politics is wrong.
Most people associate libraries with fustiness, quiet, and a previous era in technology. But across the country, they’re embracing new technology to fill important new civic roles.
The Chautauqua Institution is one of America’s great centers for civil, cultural, and intellectual engagement. A talk about 21st-century American renewal, at a place whose history traces to a great 19th-century reform movement.
A California library becomes a living legend.
How public swimming pools show you the heart of a town
Kicking off reports from the inland Northwest, plus a happy birthday to James Baldwin
Formula for success in Central Oregon: know the users, spot the opportunities, act with vigor.
Sobering news from the NTSB, but encouraging news from Maine to California
Preserving tradition while expanding offerings for a bigger, broader audience.
The metamorphosis of a Bend, Oregon, motel—from its classic origins, to crack house, to upscale rustic elegance.
Who is to blame when a struggling city runs out of money? A public-safety worker says it’s unfair to point the finger at him and his colleagues. Plus, a young resident of the city discovers reasons to hope.
A charter school in Oregon encourages students to shape their own learning.
When the lumber industry left, the region bet its future on technology—even though it lacked a research university.
If Chris Christie had thought of this for his state’s gas stations, maybe he’d be doing better in the 2016 race now
The Los Angeles Times has a big, new demonstration of how bad things have gotten in the city of San Bernardino. Here’s a look at people doing their best, despite those odds.
An evening at the ballpark, with Vinnie the Elk and friends