Pumpkins for sale at the Mt. Rogers Pumpkin Patch in the a parking lot in Centreville, Va.
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November 20, 2012 With pumpkin or pumpkin spices going into more products every year, we wondered, what's the deal with the pumpkin obsession? Turns out pumpkins have been a symbol of Americans' longing for simpler, rural times since we began moving to the cities in the 19th century. And marketers know it.
Dr. Dan Shuman (right), who was recruited to the Ashland Health Clinic as part of its mission-focused medicine program, consults with a patient about smoking cessation.
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February 2, 2012 Instead of offering big salaries and other perks, the CEO of tiny Ashland Health Clinic, in southwest Kansas, lures physicians with "a job that matters." In addition to meeting a real need on a daily basis in Ashland, doctors also get eight weeks off to do missionary work overseas.
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August 14, 2011 For many people in rural America, post offices aren't just a necessity or a convenience. They are community centers, gathering places, and a sign that they are represented. A cool visualization shows how post offices expanded throughout the country.
August 11, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, making decisions during a deficit, and actor Martin Clunes talks about his series, Doc Martin. In second hour, what's changing in rural America, and hikers recount the tragedy on Grand Teton.
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