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Video July 12, 2022

Chatting the Pictures: A Border Photo Equally Informed by Hope and Policy

Focusing on the documents of these young refugees, we discuss how the informational value of the photo compliments its emotional impact.

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Video June 29, 2022

Chatting the Pictures: The Pence Jan. 6 Photos and the Hero Narrative

Far from heroic, the newly-released Jan. 6 photos of Mike Pence largely document his inability to defy Trump until the last minute.

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Video June 22, 2022

Chatting the Pictures: Hanger Electrifies SCOTUS Abortion Protest

At this moment in history, the vibrancy of the hanger truly captures the precarious status of abortion rights.

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Video June 6, 2022

Chatting the Pictures: Russia’s Detention of Brittney Griner

Effectively detained as a political prisoner, we discuss the basketball star's body language and the photo’s reflection on the Soviet state.

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Video May 28, 2022

Chatting the Pictures: After Mass Shooting Hate Crime in Buffalo, a Prayerful Photo Outside Tops Market

We discuss body language ("take a knee"?), Tops's empty parking lot, and how we look at this photo after the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

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Chatting the Pictures: The Symbolism of a Home Damaged in the Ukrainian War

John Moore's photo is full of fate and symbolism. That includes the house as a face or head, and the profound outcome of walking away.

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Chatting the Pictures: Toxic Foam Overruns a Town

Looking at pictures of toxic foam invading Mosquera, Colombia, we discuss the tendency to see the imagery more as a curiosity than a threat.

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Video May 11, 2022

Chatting the Pictures: With Supreme Court Leak, Abortion on the Clock

If it wasn't timely already, this Alabama abortion photo is now even more relevant as the Supreme Court telegraphs the end of Rowe vs. Wade.

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Video May 7, 2022

Chatting the Pictures: Kamloops Indian School Memorial: World Press Photo of the Year

We focus on the elements and symbols that make the photograph both a powerful remembrance and a wealth of visual storytelling.

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Video April 25, 2022

Chatting the Pictures: The All-Presence of Graphic War Images from Ukraine

We discuss the powerfully liminal quality of this tragic image and explain why horrific Ukraine war photographs are circulating so widely.

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Video April 20, 2022

Chatting the Pictures: Zelensky is Everywhere

As Ukraine defends itself from the Russian onslaught, President Zelensky's advocacy in virtual space can be seen as state-of-the-art.

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Video April 3, 2022

Chatting the Pictures: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson Puts Bad Actors Behind Her

Mindful of all the grandstanding Judge Jackson faced in her Supreme Court nomination hearings, here she literally rises above and beyond it.

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Video April 1, 2022

Chatting the Pictures: In the Bunker of a Maternity Hospital in Kyiv

As the Russians target civilian sites, we examine the make-do circumstances and the power of this couple's intimacy.

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Video March 25, 2022

Chatting the Pictures: A Beckoning Photo in the Flight From Kyiv by Train

The photo of citizens escaping their war-torn country from Kyiv's Central station is a remarkable depiction of both urgency and order.

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Video March 20, 2022

Chatting the Pictures and VII Photo: Irpin Evacuation and the Ukrainian Resistance

Ron Haviv’s photos capture the resistance and spirit of the Ukrainians in the face of the Russian offensive.

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Video March 3, 2022

Chatting the Pictures: The (Visual) Chaos of the Canadian Trucker Standoff

The Covid protest that paralyzed downtown Ottawa offered a noisy clash of favorite symbols and newly-minted icons.

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Video February 25, 2022

Chatting the Pictures: War Mongering and the Insanity of Putin’s Table

While the internet had fun with it, this ludicrous scene captured Putin's loss of reality on the way to invading Ukraine.

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Video February 22, 2022

Chatting the Pictures: Biden In a Feeble Light

The president is certainly facing serious challenges. But is Biden floundering or do images like this reflect more superficial shortcomings?

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