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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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Coronavirus Video August 31, 2021

Chatting the Pictures: In One Embrace, All the Feelings of Back-to-School During Covid

As at-risk students return to campus after more than a year on lockdown, we discuss this surprisingly expressive and apolitical photo.

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Video August 22, 2021

Chatting the Pictures: On That US Transport Plane Swarmed By Afghans on a Kabul Runway

First reactions to the image of Afghans running alongside a U.S. military plane after Afghanistan fell to the Taliban.

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Video August 21, 2021

Chatting the Pictures: Climate Crisis Photo Delivers a Lot More than an Instagram Moment

Behind a selfie-in-progress at Horseshoe Bend in Arizona, the Colorado River at a 44 year historic low juxtaposes how we value the environment and how we’ve manipulated it.

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Video July 28, 2021

Chatting the Pictures: Photo of an Exhausted California Firefighter

We focus on mood and body language as this viral photo bluntly reflects on another early and overwhelming California fire season.

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Video July 17, 2021

Chatting the Pictures: A Covid Kiss That Is Harder to Read

Two people kiss through plastic bags marking love in the time of Covid. We discuss how the image parallels earlier pandemic hugs and kisses.

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Video July 12, 2021

Chatting the Pictures: Honoring Farm Worker Parents in Proud Graduation Photos

A student takes her graduation pictures in the same farm field she once worked with her parents. We compare it to others and explore the visual history.

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COVID 19 Photo June 27, 2021

Picturing Vaccination Reluctance Among Conservative Christians

Vaccination reluctance in these small Appalachian towns is less a matter of politics or social responsibility than a complex conflict with faith.

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