Sharon Jones from Columbus, Mississippi is featured in ‘Our Towns,’ a new documentary from James and Debra Fallows on HBO.
Arts & CultureTelevision
Nicholas D. Sawicki
“People’s lives are complicated every place you look, and just as complicated as your own life is,” says author and director James Fallows.
Arts & CultureFeatures
Jon M. Sweeney
Daniel Hornsby's debut novel, 'Via Negativa,' is the story of a Roman Catholic priest on the road to many destinations, both material and spiritual.
Police stand outside of Wrigley Field. (Chicago Story Film, LLC)
Arts & CultureTelevision
Rob Weinert-Kendt
For true Chicagoans, theirs is the greatest American city, and also the one most in need of change.
Anita's Tortilleria, a restaurant and gas station on the south side of Fremont, Neb., is one sign of the growing diversity in many American small towns. (Nathan Beacom)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Nathan Beacom
As rural America becomes more diverse, it faces many of the problems associated with big cities, writes Nathan Beacom. The urban-rural divide in our politics does not reflect reality.
In the Ohio and Upper Mississippi river basins, 10 million metric tons of commercial fertilizer is applied each year, and much of it ends up in our waterways. (iStock/filmfoto)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Nathan Beacom
In “Laudato Si’,” Pope Francis called drinkable water a human right. But as Nathan Beacom writes, our methods of farming and raising livestock are degrading our soil and polluting our waterways.
Photo courtesy Catholic Charities of Chicago
FaithInterviews
Michael J. O’Loughlin
Sally Blount will lead the agency during a time of economic turmoil that some economists predict could rival the Great Depression.