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Video January 11, 2022

Chatting the Pictures: Greenland’s Icy Undoing

We discuss this novel photo from Ilulissat where the harbor is open year-round now because the winter cold can no longer freeze it solid.

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Environment Photo December 21, 2021

2021 as the Tipping Point: So Much for the Pioneer Spirit

2021 represented a climate change tipping point. In recounting key visual markers, we call out two images from the Dixie Fire.

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Activism & Protest Video December 20, 2021

Chatting the Pictures: The Most Historic Photo from the January 6th Uprising

This photo from the January 6 Capitol uprising was likely the year's most historic. We delve into its meaning and perceptual effect.

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Video December 14, 2021

Chatting the Pictures: A Most Unique and Dignified Abortion Image

As restrictions on abortion increase, we look at this photo of Dr. Rebecca Taub performing a surgical abortion, and how intimacy and the camera angle dignifies the procedure.

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Video December 7, 2021

Chatting the Pictures: Dina Litovsky’s Child Vax Portraits from the Kid’s Eye View

Dina Litovsky captures how New York City kids feel about getting the COVID-19 vaccine, highlighting a sense of health, normalcy, and agency.

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Gender & Identity Video December 2, 2021

Chatting the Pictures: Stacy Kranitz's Spotlight Image from Mississippi’s Last Abortion Clinic

As the Supreme Court moves to effectively eliminate Roe vs. Wade, we focus on one photo's symbolic and documentary power.

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Video November 29, 2021

Chatting the Pictures: Tuvalu’s Climate Summit Parting Shot

We discuss Tuvalu's quirky Glasgow Climate Summit video that won the internet. Posing as one more crisis speech, the effect is beyond words.

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Environment Photo November 21, 2021

2021 as the Tipping Point: Doubled Over By Ida

2021 was a climate tipping point. And among the catastrophes, this blow from Hurricane Ida seemed to speak to a larger fate.

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2021 as the Tipping Point: Wildfire Threatens Tahoe

Summer 2021 was a tipping point. Fires, floods, heat waves and hurricanes scaled up, as did the mass recognition of climate change as an existential crisis. As part of that recognition, many brilliant, symbolically-laden pictures crystallized the moment.

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Video November 9, 2021

Chatting the Pictures: The Lava at the Kitchen Window

With the La Palma volcano in Spain generating such a steady flow of dramatic pictures, why did this subtle one circulate so widely?

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Video October 31, 2021

Chatting the Pictures: Undersea Gardens and Positive Climate Change Visuals

On the eve of the critical Glasgow Climate Summit, we focus on ClimateVisuals.org and the power of images that promote constructive impact.

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Video October 25, 2021

Chatting the Pictures: Famed Congo Gorilla Dies in Her Caretaker’s Arms

We discuss the surprising power and depth of this viral image as Ndakasi, the famed Congo mountain gorilla, takes her last breath.

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Photo October 17, 2021

The Taliban, A Pair of Skis, and Seeing What We Think We Know

Seen as wildly provocative on social media, photos of Taliban fighters in the Norwegian Embassy after the fall of Kabul say as much about visual bias.

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Video October 14, 2021

Chatting the Pictures: Extinction Rebellion-Style Shock Waves, Climate Flooding Hits the U.N.

As the climate crisis escalates, the ferocity and creativity of the activist group Extinction Rebellion seem perfectly matched.

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Gender & Identity Video October 3, 2021

Chatting the Pictures: The Most Telling Photos of US Olympic Gymnasts Testifying Against the FBI

There were many photos of the Olympic gymnasts testifying about FBI negligence in their sexual abuse case. But none more assertive than this.

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Video September 26, 2021

Chatting the Pictures: Border Agent on Horseback Manhandling Haitian Migrant a Whip to Humanity

We deconstruct the photo of a US border agent on horseback using what looks like a whip on a Haitian migrant in Del Rio, Texas.

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Video September 22, 2021

Chatting the Pictures: Afghan Refugee in the Paralympic Spotlight

We discuss sports, war, and fortitude as Karimi competes for the Paralympics Refugee team as his former country falls to the Taliban.

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Video September 16, 2021

Chatting the Pictures: Hurricane Ida, Chemical Plants Flare Louisiana Gulf

We know the levees held and the electric grid didn’t. But the other impact of Hurricane Ida, as the photo telegraphs, came from the chemical plants in “Cancer Alley.”

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Video September 14, 2021

Chatting the Pictures: Bernie Serves Up Massive New Deal

Maureen Dowd was looking for dish but Bernie Sanders would not be distracted from liberal's game-changing social spending and climate plan.

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Video September 4, 2021

Chatting the Pictures: The Military’s Night Vision “Leaving Afghanistan” Portrait

The viral photo of the last U.S. soldier leaving Afghanistan was a brilliant final bit of public relations.

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