Politics & Policy
Essay

An Iowa animal rights activist talks about how her grassroots fight against puppy mills began, and how it's grown.
by Mary LaHay
Personal essay

Climate change isn't just a challenge for science; for this writer it poses a challenge to soul and spirit, too.
by Cornelia F. Mutel
Essay

A public utility takes on big Ag in the fight for clean water.
by William G. Stowe
Essay

Twenty-five years from now, will fertile agricultrural landscapes look the way they look today?
Essay

Professor John Ikerd's love for rural communities has led him to ask some difficult questions.
by John Ikerd
Essay

Traditional Lakota governance has much to teach modern organizations and businesses.
by Craig Howe & Abe Katz
Essay

If our political leaders are really serious about STEM, they need a new approach.
by Kamyar Enshayan
Essay

Ag giant Prestage came to Mason City, promising to transform its economy. The author, a City Councilman, describes what happened next.
by John P. Lee
Commentary

Introducing the editorial team that created this issue's synergy of culture, science and art.
Interview

Our editors interviewed "Rosa Jimenez" about her experiences living as an undocumented immigrant in a small Iowa community.
Feature

Janet Schlapkohl dramatized the farm crisis of the 80s in her one-woman show.
Digital Art

It's a deceptively simple question. Our associate editor created an infographic to provide the not-so-simple answer.
by Cecilia Bergman
Podcast

With his interview of Des Moines Waterworks CEO, our audio producer debuts our new podcast feature.
by Noah Herbin
Interview

Spending her life as a farmer hasn't kept Chris Gaunt from fighting for social justice, as our interviewer found.
by Tapiwa Zvidzwa
Essay

What do rural Iowa and small-town Norway have in common? Plenty, as it turns out. An Iowa Fulbright Scholar explains.
by John Lawrence Hanson
Music

An Iowa writer, musician and dramatist captures the plight of many small prairie towns in this song.