Irina Eisenberg recounts in e-lla the landscape of the Chernobyl catastrophe and the extraordinary efforts, inspired by controversy about the lingering health effects, to reassess just how dangerous radiation is. She calls attention to “the lessons of anti-nuclear sentiment: that the left has gone astray on science and to teach people of the world to ‘think twice.’”
Kate Lunau’s astonishing history of the stories told by the staff of the New York Times led us to a world of mysteries, lies, white lies, and sometimes–true–political beliefs. Times reporter Philip Shenon navigates a sea of experienced reporters from The Nation to the Associated Press and scores of other publications in an effort to understand why and how coverage of uprisings, wars, and tragedies was either right or wrong.
We also relished Philip Shenon’s revelations that the FBI fabricated news about Iraq’s nuclear program to pressure Congress into authorizing military force. Michael Rogers explains how the release of information by WikiLeaks made it possible for an American to start a new career from behind bars–after being captured by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. And Elizabeth Parker gives us a first-person account of how Reddit absorbed the legacy of Aaron Swartz, the information-sharing and civil-liberties champion who helped launch the website in 2005.