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The Moksha Roundup

Issue #13, April 26 - May 2, 2022

Welcome to this week’s Moksha Roundup! This small newsletter is a weekly roundup of the latest and greatest in the data visualization/design/visual storytelling world. Every week, we compile our favorite projects from journalists, storytellers, and technologists and share them with you.

In this issue, we share great visual storytelling pieces from Rest of World, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and others. If you’re not subscribed already and want to see more in the future, sign up below:

01. In the Dark

By Rest of World

In the Dark by Rest of World

We love this piece from Rest of World, which shows how authoritarian regimes across the world utilize internet blackouts to control citizens. (Yes, we’re biased: we did make the charts.)

Rest of World’s design direction, compared with MDS’s data visualizations, make for a powerful piece featuring original reporting, research, and analysis. A series of interactive visualizations and maps show geographic context and the prevalence of blackouts across the world.

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Who We Spend Time with as We Get Older by FlowingData

Using microdata from the American Time Use Survey from 2011 to 2019, Nathan Yau has made a bar chart race and some small multiples to demonstrate who we spend most of our days with as we grow older.

Although bar charts aren’t as popular as they once were (after all, they were banned from visualization subreddits), its always fun to see data get brought to life in novel ways.

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03. Who's afraid of nuclear power?

By Washington Post

Who's afraid of nuclear power? by Washington Post

For the Washington Post, Harry Stevens explores how people’s negative perception and fear of nuclear energy has made it more difficult to address climate change. A series of interactive simulations and graphics show how nuclear energy works, and how a rebranding could improve its perception in the United States.

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Trash or Recycling? Why Plastic Keeps Us Guessing. by The New York Times

This New York Times piece by Winston Choi-Schagrin and Hiroko Tabuchi looks into how recycling works in the U.S. and what solutions can improve the current system. We’ve always been confused why unrecyclable items have the same recycling icon ♻ as those that are recyclable—this helped clear up the mess.

Included is an interactive garbage-sorting game at the top, challenging readers to drag items and place them in the trash or recycle bin. (Warning: it’s kind of difficult!)

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05. The Facts About Medicare Spending

By Kaiser Family Foundation

The Facts About Medicare Spending by Kaiser Family Foundation

The Kaiser Family Foundation has released a new report on Medicare spending. The charts, developed by our friends at The Data Face, display how enrollment will grow from about 65 million people to nearly 93 million people in 2060, due to an aging population and private insurance policies. The charts are interactive, professional, and accompanied by some very smooth animations!

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