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by James Rutenbeck, Nina Alvarez, and Dustinn Craig
Students, educators, parents, and guardians in three locations, from poor Appalachia, to West Coast farms and a Native American reservation in Minnesota, come together against the odds to guide their children into successful graduates of the class of ’27.
America ReFramed, American Graduate
by Tom Hansell
Built around one day in the life of a Kentucky coal truck driver, Coal Bucket Outlaw offers a startling glimpse into the lives of working people who haul the nation's fuel.
by David Sutherland
Country Boys is a universal coming-of-age story told through the eyes of Chris and Cody, two teenage boys struggling to find meaning and direction as they grow up in one of America’s poorest regions.
by Julia Dengel
A Western community fights over a massive dam proposed to serve Indian-owned, coal-fired power plants, providing an intimate portrait of American pork barrel politics and Anglo-Indian relations.
by Todd Jarrell
Crank is an anatomy of one Tennessee town’s waking nightmare and a nation’s struggle against methamphetamine addiction.
by Bradley Beesley, James Payne, and Julianna Brannum
The Environmental Protection Agency calls the former lead mining town of Picher, Oklahoma one of the most toxic places in America, but a dwindling population still calls it home. The Creek Runs Red explores the human response to environmental disaster, and the complex connections between people and place.
by Richard O'Regan and Steve Rathe
A provocative discussion of America’s societal values with commentary by Jeane Kirkpatrick, Timothy Leary, Salman Rushdie, Molly Ivins, Arianna Huffington, Angela Davis, Jack Kemp, and others.
by Sally Rubin and Jen Gilomen
Deep in the Appalachian mountains of eastern Kentucky, Beverly May and Terry Ratliff find themselves at the center of a contentious community battle over a proposed mountaintop removal coal mine.
by Mark Brodin
The farm community around a 125-year-old rural church is dying. Church members decide to sacrifice their church as the responsible thing to do.
by Leticia C. Langord
The 100-year history of the western dude ranch is told through interviews with ranchers, wranglers, and dudes.