Politics & Policy
An Iowa animal rights activist talks about how her grassroots fight against puppy mills began, and how it's grown.
Climate change isn't just a challenge for science; for this writer it poses a challenge to soul and spirit, too.
A public utility takes on big Ag in the fight for clean water.
Twenty-five years from now, will fertile agricultrural landscapes look the way they look today?
Professor John Ikerd's love for rural communities has led him to ask some difficult questions.
Traditional Lakota governance has much to teach modern organizations and businesses.
If our political leaders are really serious about STEM, they need a new approach.
Ag giant Prestage came to Mason City, promising to transform its economy. The author, a City Councilman, describes what happened next.
Introducing the editorial team that created this issue's synergy of culture, science and art.
Our editors interviewed "Rosa Jimenez" about her experiences living as an undocumented immigrant in a small Iowa community.
Janet Schlapkohl dramatized the farm crisis of the 80s in her one-woman show.
For our publisher, the late CEO of the Des Moines Waterworks, Bill Stowe, exemplified environmental heroism.
Veterinarian Art Dunham's concern for his patients made him a world-renowned expert on the effects of Roundup herbicide on our environment.
It's a deceptively simple question. Our associate editor created an infographic to provide the not-so-simple answer.
With his interview of Des Moines Waterworks CEO, our audio producer debuts our new podcast feature.
Spending her life as a farmer hasn't kept Chris Gaunt from fighting for social justice, as our interviewer found.
What do rural Iowa and small-town Norway have in common? Plenty, as it turns out. An Iowa Fulbright Scholar explains.
Associate Editor Maya Dru interviewed Des Moines Waterworks CEO Bill Stowe shortly before his untimely death.
Here you'll find our audio recording of Maya Dru's interview with the late Bill Stowe, CEO of the Des Moines Water Works.
This Native American environmental activist draws a direct line between the fossil fuel industry and domestic violence.
In Rootstalk's fifth podcast, our audio producers talk with Prof. Brandi Janssen about the complexities of sustainaable agriculture.
Blake said we can see the universe in a grain of sand; can we see the prairie expanses of the past in a remnant on an Illinois highway?
This poet turns to a pair of Iowa icons--a Grant Wood painting and the quadaennial caucuses--to evoke the quiet behind the image.
Audio producers Noah Herbin and Eva Gemrich interview University of Iowa Prof David Osterberg about CAFOs.
This contributor, a soil scientist, environmental activist and farmer, reviews a new book offering a vision of rural prairie revival.
This scholar of Native American culture meditates on the meaning of roots, and the challenge to them represented by energy extraction.
An Iowa writer, musician and dramatist captures the plight of many small prairie towns in this song.