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Explore the Food That Sets Your State Apart on This Interactive Map

Fifty States. Fifty deliciously iconic foods.

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Growing up in Minnesota, I could have easily told you our state bird (the humble Loon), our state motto (“L'Étoile du Nord”), and even who designed our state’s domed capital building (legendary architect Cass Gilbert). I was a walking, talking, fountain of North Star trivia. But, had you asked me what type of food sets Minnesota apart, well, I would have been at something of a loss. There are plenty of meals I’d grown up associating with my home state—hot dish, walleye, various things on a stick—but to pick just one would have been next to impossible.

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Buckle Up to Learn Why Americans Love Their Road Trips So Much

When it comes to road trips, PBS Idea Channel’s Mike Rugnetta says it’s all about “passing through.”

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The first day of summer might still be a few weeks off, but that doesn’t mean it’s too soon to start planning that ultimate warm weather pastime: The road trip.

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Mess in Texas: Holding Big Oil Accountable in the Lone Star State

In unincorporated West Texas, where oil derricks dominate the landscape, locals aren't sure about "drill, baby, drill" anymore.

As I approach Midland, Texas from the southeast the rolling hills give way to large, engine-revving trucks, their menacing grills reflecting the setting sun into my rearview mirror. The asphalt beneath my white Toyota Corolla seems to be melting into the petroleum-laden ground from which it had emerged: Not even the road was prepared for the heavy vehicles that showed up with the recent oil and gas boom.

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Picture Show: California Dreaming Along the Pacific Coast Highway

This Picture Show originally appeared in GOOD Issue 18: The Slow Issue. You can read more from The Slow Issue here.There was a...



This Picture Show originally appeared in GOOD Issue 18: The Slow Issue. You can read more from The Slow Issue here.

There was a time, not long that long ago, when traveling through the United States meant pleasant days on the blue highways, smelling the air, seeing the scenery, and stopping at the nearest watering hole for a freshly cooked meal of the local specialty. Then came the interstate highways, and many-horsepowered engines, and an ever-increasing speed limit. Now, we get places much faster. But what if you took a slowed-down version of a trip, at a pleasant cruising speed, with rest stops that offered more choice than simply McDonald’s or Burger King? We took just such a journey by meandering north from Los Angeles along the coast. What we found can be seen here.

Photos by Colleen Corcoran, Will Etling, Jessica Haye, Atley Kasky, and Abigail Sample.

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