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John O’Neal and Junebug Jabbo Jones: Theater from the Rural South
John O’Neal, 1940-2019, helped build a theater movement that supported voting rights and crossed cultural frontiers. His work is part of a new book featuring the plays of Appalachia’s Roadside Theater. Roadside and O’Neal collaborated for decades on plays that built common ground across race and geography while honoring individual cultural identity.
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From a Queer Prom to a Pronoun Workshop: LGBTQ+ School and Community-Based Orgs Offer Rural Support
A new study says that groups providing support to LGBTQ+ youth improve their health and well-being.
45 Degrees North: Sticker Shock
Ever wonder why rural volunteer fire and EMS departments always seem to be holding fundraisers? It’s because they have to.
What Do Dating Apps Bring to The Rural Matchmaking Table?
Rural romance can be enhanced by dating apps, but some users think they have their challenges too. One example – reaffirming harmful stereotypes.
Legal Clinic Provides Aid to Rural Kentucky Residents
Law students get the practice they need, while helping rural populations that often lack legal resources to protect their rights.
45 Degrees North: Spring Thaw
When it seems like winter just won’t let go, one way to manage cabin fever is by finding something to celebrate. Here’s how they do it Up North.
The Pandemic Pushed Rural Philanthropy to Change
Extreme circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic forced philanthropic organizations to focus more on relationship-building and on-the-ground support for their rural partners.
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45 Degrees North: Need-To-Know
News travels fast in rural communities – except when it doesn’t. Sometimes there are things your neighbors, first responders, mail carriers and others need to know. But how do you keep that stuff from leaking into the local rumor mill?
Home-Based Care: Fixing the Childcare Drought in Rural America
Some rural counties are trying an approach to tackle childcare shortages. A new program supports home-based childcare providers with resources, education, and grants.
Accidental Rancher: Pocket Eggs and Other Ranch Blessings
Eliza Blue wins an egg lottery and avoids an expensive dry cleaning bill for her coat.
45 Degrees North: Dressing For Cold
Winter weather means outdoor recreation has the potential to kill. There’s no one-size-fits-all strategy for staying warm indoors, outdoors, and in between. But here are tips from rural northern Wisconsin that can help you dress for the cold.
An Educator Turns into a Student
On a journey that’s going to take him two years, a former educator wants to document and collect knowledge from rural communities and cultures often sidelined in our popular discourse.