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Welcome to Down Yonder – our weekly roundup where we’re sharing some good reads we recently came across.

Our goal is to showcase more perspectives on national and global issues through a rural lens. Expect Down Yonder on Saturdays. Enjoy!


Grist: ‘Tiger King’ is Over. Now Watch These 8 Movies.

Grist is the media sponsor for this year’s Mountainfilm Festival, so a few staffers got early access to the environmental documentaries included in 100-plus films that you can screen at home. We combed through them and selected a few titles worth watching.


ProPublica: The Financial Catastrophe That Coronavirus Brought to Small Towns

The federal government has abandoned America’s small towns as the coronavirus depletes their budgets. It’s flood season and local leaders have no idea how to help residents through natural disasters. “We do not see how we will survive,” one told us.


Vice: A Real Hot Mess: How Grits Got Weaponized Against Cheating Men

Understanding the Black women who seized a common pantry item—and, with it, power.


Southerly: The Disaster Recovery Groups Helping Rural North Carolina Weather Covid-19

In the last four years, two major hurricanes have devastated communities in rural Robeson County, North Carolina. Cassandra Campbell has been there through both of them…This year, though, she’s been responding to a different kind of disaster: the coronavirus pandemic.


Yes! Magazine: Gardening Advice from Indigenous Food Growers

Many Americans are now experiencing an erratic food supply for the first time. Among Covid-19’s disruptions are bare supermarket shelves and items available yesterday but nowhere to be found today. As you seek ways to replace them, you can look to Native gardens for ideas and inspiration.