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The Moksha Roundup

Issue #20, June 14 - June 20, 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 Quartz, Axios, and Bloomberg. If you’re not subscribed already and want to see more in the future, sign up below:

Do you live close enough to a small US airport to have lead exposure? by Quartz

For Quartz, David Yanofsky and Michael J. Coren have investigated why airports in the US still use lead-fueled airplanes, which exposes Americans—especially children—to the toxic substance.

To demonstrate the scope of the problem, they conducted extensive research and created 95 maps with the top lead-emitting airports across the country and plotted the location of schools, parks, and playgrounds between a 1km and 500m radius of these airports.

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Sweeping reporting failures may compromise the FBI’s 2021 crime data by Axios

Axios Local has partnered with the Marshall Project to reveal that about 40% of law enforcement agencies failed to submit 2021 crime data to the FBI.

Through an interactive map with crime data reported by police departments, readers can see which local agencies failed to submit data and where they are concentrated.

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More People Are Moving to Manhattan Than Before the Pandemic by Bloomberg

Marie Patino teamed up with Sarah Holder to explore why people are packing their bags and moving to New York City, particularly Manhattan, in the third year of the pandemic.

The compilation of graphs and illustrations helps the reader understand Manhattan’s migration patterns and where people are coming from or moving to. It also features a pretty interesting circular sankey diagram of sorts.

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Summer road trip? Our gas calculator can help you see your costs. by The Washington Post

Júlia Ledur, Leslie Shapiro, and Nick Kirkpatrick have published a Washington Post article that addresses an issue concerning millions of Americans—soaring gas prices which are driving up summer trip costs.

Users can compare 2019 gas prices to current ones with a calculator that lets you enter destination details and car information for a Memorial Day weekend trip. In addition, three road maps showcase how far people can get with a budget from 2019 vs. today.

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How Close Are We Really to 1970s-Style Inflation? by Bloomberg

For Bloomberg Opinion, Robert Burgess, Elaine He, and Eliza Winger explain how inflation is affecting different goods and services and what the situation means for consumers.

To put inflation into context, the trio uses graphs to compare the costs of goods before the pandemic to today. They also analyze how people with different income levels are affected in different ways.

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