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“More Than a Meal”: How Toledo Is Combating a Food Insecurity Crisis

Food insecurity affects Northwest Ohio residents at rates that exceed both state and national averages, but local organizations are fighting to keep Toledoans fed — one meal, one market, one garden at a time.

Of Strikes and Sportsbooks: What Ohioans Googled in 2023

This year has been a whirlwind of news and ever-shifting topics du jour, from geopolitical conflict and AI to natural disasters and striking workers....

Telling the Working-class Stories of Rural Michigan: A Review of “Enough to Lose”

When asked about his background, RS Deeren’s first instinct is to describe the setting of his upbringing: rural isolation and working-class struggle. This view...

The Carnivorous Pitcher Plants of Wisconsin’s Berlin Fen

Picture a carnivorous plant. You’re likely envisioning the giant human-eating Venus flytrap popularized in the 1960 and 1986 remake of the film "Little Shop...

The Morel the Merrier: Ohio’s Growing Forager Community

Foragers are having a social media resurgence. But foraging is an ancient practice whose purpose has evolved over time, and such changes demand new approaches and considerations in a modern context. Learn about how foraging impacts the environment and mushrooms that grow in Ohio.

What Pepperoni Rolls Reveal About Ohio’s Most Overlooked Region

"The pepperoni roll, really, is a poem: self-contained, complete, economical in every sense of the word." Courtney Balestier, “The Poetry of Pepperoni Rolls” Pepperoni, bread and...

Screaming for Ice Cream? The Midwest Has You Covered

There is no better way to beat the heat of a summer day than with a cool scoop of vanilla ice cream — potentially...

The Highs and Lows of Midwest Voter Turnout

The Midwest is often portrayed as one homogeneous region — “Flyover Country,” a part of America synonymous with corn fields, simple niceties and a...

“This Is My Table”: Kay Xiong Is Bridging Gaps Through Authentic Asian Food

As the owner of Kay’s Table, Kay Xiong is on a mission: to bridge different communities through authentic Asian cuisine. But to build this bridge, Xiong had to cross her own — a journey of hope, hardship and everything in-between. From fleeing Laos at the height of the Vietnam War to defining her own Hmong American identity, this is Xiong’s story.
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Confluence: Stewarding Cleveland’s Water

The Great Lakes are one of the largest freshwater systems in the world, accounting for 21% of the world's surface freshwater and 84% of...

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