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October 7, 2019

Apocalypse (Then and) Now: Climate Crisis Channels the Bomb

Apocalypse (Then and) Now: Climate Crisis Channels the Bomb
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By Michael Shaw On one level, the poster is just another creative climate change warning. On another, though, it’s a memory jolt to the boomers.

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October 2, 2019

Apartheid’s Legacy From Here: The Photo That Struck Me Most At Photoville

Apartheid’s Legacy From Here: The Photo That Struck Me Most At Photoville
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By Michael Shaw I'm sure this scene is more nuanced in South Africa. But to see a photo in America of black kids eyeballing a white kid is exceedingly rare.

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September 30, 2019

Toxic Nationalism: The Tomb of the Unborn Soldier

Toxic Nationalism: The Tomb of the Unborn Soldier
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By Leslie A. Hahner The point was to rally the base. But by wrapping the American flag around an “unborn soldier,” the photo infuriated the right and the left.

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September 22, 2019

Capturing the Audacity of Climate Youth

Capturing the Audacity of Climate Youth
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By Michael Shaw Most climate strike photos capture the passion and urgency of young activists. This shot speaks to their audacity.

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September 21, 2019

Salt Chimneys

Salt Chimneys
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By Michael Shaw These Dead Sea formations called "salt chimneys" crystalize around freshwater streams. They appeared with the drop in water levels, but nobody knows why.

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