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Want to understand Iowa's electorate and political culture? Read this: 
It's the perfect thermometer for a deep current in American political culture.
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Interesting to learn the cultural context of the Iowa caucas.

The United States often feels like a foreign country to me, and parts of it
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How boring Des Moines became cool. My report for Politico dissecting the successful transformation of a city:
To make Des Moines hip, civic leaders did something almost unheard of.
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My American Nations-powered analysis of the Bundys and their very Far Western demands is up over at National Geographic: 
The beliefs at the heart of the situation aren't that unusual in parts of the American West.
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Kirkus' review of my forthcoming book, American Character:
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The Charleston City Paper on that most Deep Southern of city's questionable relationship with its own history: 
Once again, I'm tasked with the prospect of writing some sort of year-end retrospective for inclusion in the City Paper's final issue of 2015. I've done this twice before now, each time with mixed results. Like every other holiday that comes and goes, there's a weird pressure to say just the right things to both celebrate the occasion but also put it in perspective.
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C-SPAN broadcasted my American Nations talk at Iowa State last night. It's now up at their homepage for asynchronus viewing:
Author and Journalist Colin Woodard speaks with students at Iowa State University about the history of regionalism and cultural conflict in America, as well as the concept of so-called 'red states'…
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Why do many #IowaCaucus Dems have no problem with "socialism?" VOA's William Gallo asks them, me. (Yes, this is American Nations powered analysis.) 
Closer look at some small towns reveals surprising hints of liberal societal values, perhaps reflecting ties to many residents' European heritage
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#GreaterAppalachia: "The Civis data projects Trump’s support by congressional district, showing that Trump is especially strong in the rare pockets of the country where Obama performed worse while winning the 2008 presidential election than John Kerry did while losing in 2004, according to a POLITICO analysis.
The GOP should stop fooling itself. Trump is reaching more than just undereducated, angry white men.
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My review of a new, imperfect book on geopolitics just appeared at the Washington Post. Funny enough, since I wrote the review several weeks ago, this has become Amazon's "frequently brought together" twin of American Nations.
Tim Marshall explains how world geography colors national development and foreign relations.
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Maine PUC documents at center of bias allegations (by a then sitting commissioner, no less) are declared "trade secrets" and may never be released to public.
Critics suspect the commission cherry-picked pricing forecasts in favor of natural gas and against wind power.
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My American Nations talk returns to CSPAN Jan. 3 at 4:45 ET, or you can just watch it online: 
Author and Journalist Colin Woodard speaks with students at Iowa State University about the history of regionalism and cultural conflict in America, as well as the concept of so-called 'red states'…
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Martin Luther didn't just spark the Reformation, he did it by inventing the book as we know it. My review of Andrew Pettegree's new book, Brand Luther, in tomorrow's Washington Post: 
Andrew Pettegree shows how a dissident monk exploited the printing press to make his case.
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