The Unstoppable Amber Ruffin

Amber Ruffin is quickly becoming a major player in the TV and comedy world.

Cross-Country Skiing Finds a New Home: the Industrial Midwest

Ohio, Indiana and southern Pennsylvania are witnessing a dramatic surge in interest as families and clubs look for local alternatives to distant mountains and indoor sports.

Cincinnati’s Secret Sauce to Help Minority Businesses Succeed

This Midwestern city is succeeding at turning medium-sized minority businesses into massively successful ones.

A Power Couple With a $50M Venture Fund for the Overlooked

Candice Matthews Brackeen and Brian Brackeen fell in love at an event for Black tech entrepreneurs and then formed a powerful new venture fund for people of color.


Real Talk, Real Change

Compelling conversations on race to meet the moment.

Can the Arts Save Rural America From the Recession?

Arts investment helped small communities after the Great Recession.

Why the Foreign-Born Population in the Midwest Has Skyrocketed

Highly skilled migrants aren’t just heading to California and New York — they’re going to flyover country.

The Cincinnati Hood That's Getting Renewal Right

Once the most dangerous district in America, Over-the-Rhine is now one of the country’s great revitalization stories.

Pet Lovers Reel in Treats Made of Flying Fish

What do you do when millions of unwanted and catapulting carp invade your lakes? Make craft dog treats.

This Midwestern Beer Lover Is Behind Some of the Year's Darkest Fiction

With his new novel, Stephen Markley cements himself as one of the brightest new American voices.

The CEO Funding the Alt-Meat Market

Lisa Feria runs a venture firm focused on investing in alternatives to animal products.


The Food That Built America

The Food that Built America tells the unbelievable true stories behind the industry titans like Henry Heinz, Milton Hershey, the Kellogg brothers and Ray Kroc, who revolutionized food, and transformed American life and culture forever in the process.

The GOP's Best Shot at Stopping a Blue Wave Is Here

As Dems gain in Georgia, Texas and Arizona, the GOP aims to block that march in the Midwest.

Don't Let Roseanne (or Anyone) Paint Flyover Country All One Color

OZY columnist Pooja Bhatia examines the liberal revival in that vast land between the coasts.

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