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Trouble in Paradise? How “Ozark” Shaped Tourism in the Real-life Ozarks

“This place right here has more shoreline than the whole coast of California,” Marty Byrde, the series protagonist of “Ozark”, says in its 2017 pilot episode. “And apparently, every...

Toledo’s Water Issue Is an Affordability Issue, Too

In 2014, Toledo, Ohio experienced a severe water crisis caused by toxic algal blooms in Lake Erie. The height of the crisis — when the city’s drinking water was shut down for half a million residents — only lasted three days, but the effects of the crisis continue to impact residents today. Each time we turn on the tap water, pay water bills, sit on a boat or fish in the river, the ecological imbalance that reared its head in 2014 affects our lives in subtle — and often unequal — ways.

Gas Inflation Poses a Heavy Burden for Rural America

The national gas price average hit a record high in June, exceeding $5 a gallon for the first time in American history. Of course, this comes as no surprise to anyone with a fuel-reliant vehicle — costs at the pump have been scrolling to $100 a tank for most consumers.

A Real-life Candy Land: How the Spangler Candy Company Shaped Bryan, Ohio

They’re everywhere – wrapped neatly in your childhood Halloween baskets, stuffed into little glass jars on bank counters and dropped into cellophane bags at your local convenience store. From butterscotch to sour apple, Dum Dum lollipops have become an American candy staple since their conception in 1924.

Man Versus Nature? How Humans Have Shaped the Indiana Dunes

Henry Chandler Cowles first stepped foot on the dunes of Indiana in the late 1800s while working on his dissertation for the University of Chicago. Studying the landscape, he noticed a progression in plant maturity that moved from the coast inland: barren sands became dotted with grass, and then shrubs and eventually forests.

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