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In the Shadow of Pine Ridge
Photojournalist Aaron Huey has been documenting life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for seven years.  Faced with the challenge of sharing the incredibly complex and multifaceted story of this community, the photographer joined forces with Formed by Brooklyn-based artist Johnathan Harris, Cowbird is a multimedia platform for nonlinear storytelling where users can add content to subject-based narratives. Cowbird’s mission is to provide an environment for sharing personal experiences. In the Shadow of Pine Ridge is a collection of stories of living on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, told by the people of Pine Ridge.

Nuclear Energy Guide
The world’s energy needs are constantly growing, and after decades of decline the demand for nuclear power is on the rise again.  In light of the recent Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan and the increased demand for nuclear power, the Council on Foreign Relations and Mediastorm has produced the Nuclear Energy Guide, a six-chapter interactive that delves into some of the larger issues surrounding nuclear power. Interactive maps, video and still imagery, along with expert analysis, paint a robust overview of nuclear energy today.

Bear 71
Monitored by a grid of surveillance, every move and interaction recorded and monitored, in a strange parallel to our own lives of constantly feeding social media, Bear 71 is an interactive narrative told from the perspective of a female grizzly bear living in heart of the Canadian Rockies. Tagged and readied for surveillance at age 3, Bear 71 was constantly monitored from 2001 to 2009.  The interactive narrative navigates around a grid of surveillance footage and narration revealing the often hidden intersection of humans and wildlife.  Roaming Canada’s Banff National Park, Bear 71’s domain is constantly being encroached upon by the human world.

Elwha: The grand experiment to tear down two dams and return an Olympic wilderness to it former glory
Washington State’s Olympic National Park is the home of the Elwha River, famed with the lore of salmon overflowing the banks. Today the only salmon in the middle and upper watershed of the Elwha are found in the pages of journals kept by early explorers and settlers.  The industrial age of America created two dams to transform the Elwha River into a key component of the Olympic Peninsula’s economic growth, and in 1910 construction of the dams blocked all fish passage for the next century. The Seattle Times Special Report, Elwha: The grand experiment to tear down two dams and return an Olympic wilderness to it former glory, is an in-depth multimedia presentation that documents the $325-million initiative to restore the Elwha ecosystem.

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