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James and Deborah Fallows Document Small Town America

20140416_191350Last night at Sixth & I Synagogue, The Atlantic presented “American Futures,” a conversation with Atlantic National Correspondent James Fallows and his wife, author Deborah Fallows, about their travels across America in a propeller-driven plane documenting small towns.

In the current issue of The Atlantic, James documents his case “for why cities work when Washington doesn’t,” through conversations with mayors, librarians, and YMCA employees – among others -in cities including Greenville, SC, Burlington, Vt., and Sioux Falls, SD.

“We’re looking for places that were not in the first tier for national media attention,” said James. “Not East Coast or West Coast cities where most of the news is or where most of the talent tend to migrate.”

The Fallowses, who solicited destinations online, received more than 1,000 suggestions of small towns for which to visit that were experiencing dramatic economic, cultural, and social changes. For more on their journey across America, click here.

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ROAD TRIP! Atlantic’s Fallows and Wife to Visit Small Towns Across America

The Atlantic and APM’s Marketplace are announcing a new joint reporting project called “American Futures,” in which they document life in small towns and cities across the country.

James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic and a pilot, and his wife, the linguist and author Deborah Fallows, will travel from one small-town airport to the next in their propeller-driven Cirrus SR-22 airplane, spending time in towns and cities that mainstream news coverage often overlooks. Kai Ryssdal, host and senior editor of Marketplace, and his team will report from various legs of the trip.

The project will have them examine the “dramatic” economic, technological, cultural, and social changes underway in small towns and cities. By discovering the country through an extended coast-to-coast journey, and applying sophisticated mapping technology from the software company Esri, the reporting initiative “will showcase the people, communities, companies, and trends that are emerging out of the past decade’s economic, technological, and demographic disruption.”

First stop: Holland, Mich. Locales in the coming weeks will include South Dakota, Wyoming, Missouri, and Indiana, with many more across the country to be announced as the expedition unfolds.

 

The Atlantic Has 17 Ideas to Change the World

The Atlantic’s annual ideas issue is out, with 17 of the mag’s picks for “modest” and unconventional notions they think can change the world. It’s a mix of some good, some bad and some entirely nonsensical.

The Atlantic‘s complete list of their picks for the year’s best ideas is online here, and it’s worth a look.

Some other stories that caught our eye…

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