How do the Americans who live in small towns and cities see the places they live? Thousands of residents eagerly answered that question, posed by award-winning Atlantic magazine journalist James Fallows.

Fallows and his wife Deborah traveled across the country for five years, visiting with local residents. What the Fallows documented in their travels resulted in a 2019 book, “Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America.” Eight of the towns and cities they highlighted in their book are featured in a new HBO documentary called “Our Towns,” which premieres on HBO and HBO Max, on Tuesday, April 13, at 9 p.m.

Steven Ascher and Jeanne Jordan - Academy Award-nominated filmmakers, who directed, produced, shot and edited Our Towns.