It is pretty rare when I come across an article about a small town in Iowa, but within the last day I've seen three. Probably just coincidence.
A Class Divided - with the increasing focus on race in the current presidential campaign, PBS hopes to teach people with the anecdotal evidence of a 1970 discrimination experiment in Riceville, IA.
Immigration Problems - Still angry at the recent raids on a meat packer in Postville, IA, politicians blame the gov't for the increase in crime and drop in business. Meanwhile in the US, there still is no immigration path for unskilled workers.
The Oxford Project - 20 years later, a new book focuses on the residents of Oxford, IA. Probably just a PR article.