Social justice
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

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

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

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

Women are coming into farming in increasing numbers. As they do, they're changing the way we think about agriculture.
by Sophie Neems
Local History

Though a closeted gay man during a less tolerant time, in the 1920s, Ralph Lorenzo Warner helped preserve a more gracious Midwest era.
by Will Fellows
Interview

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

The prairie is a long way from the front lines in the fight with ISIS. Our interviewee brings the refugee experience home.
by Miriam Tibbetts
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
Short story

In the face of so much gun violence, how can a lover of guns respond? Read this short-story for an answer.
by Sandy Moffett
Music

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