With the ubiquity of smart phones and digital media, it goes without saying the Occupy Wall Street movement will one of the most heavily documented events in history up to this point. It also goes without saying that much of it will be shaky, messy, blurry and confusing. Now that OWS protestors have been decamped from Zucotti Park near Wall Street, we look back over the past several months at the culture and history of the movement through the particularly capable and artful lens of Zack Helwa, a photographer friend based in New York who’s been shooting the culture of OWS from New York to San Francisco and Los Angeles at his blog, Democratic Awakening.

And in this video, Craig Richardson takes us to Occupy Colorado Springs in Acacia Park.

 

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September 22, 2014 | KQED · You’d think that mosquitoes wouldn’t like drought, but that’s not what’s happening in California, where stagnant water breeds more mosquitoes. Cases of West Nile virus have doubled since last year.
 

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September 22, 2014 | NPR · The eruption has been going for weeks. So far it hasn’t been catastrophic, but it has been creating new ground.
 

September 22, 2014 | NPR · The men are described as senior Afghan army officers who were vetted before being allowed to participate in training exercises. They are not considered a threat, officials say.
 

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September 22, 2014 | NPR · For this week’s Sandwich Monday, we eat a mashed potato and sausage log tribute to our beloved 16th president. After this meal, the better angels of our nature may need CPR.
 

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September 22, 2014 | NPR · Once a high-end fad, the salted caramel dessert has made inroads into the most mainstream of American food chains, TGI Fridays. Maybe it was inevitable, given our historic cravings for salt and sweet.
 

September 22, 2014 | NPR · For major broadcast networks, Monday is the official start of the 2014-15 TV season. Fresh Air’s critic has a not-very-long list of new shows you should make an effort to sample.
 

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September 22, 2014 | WXPN · The folk-pop singer-songwriter’s open, breezy arrangements speak fluent Californian. Hear two songs.
 

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September 22, 2014 | NPR · With his drummer son Spencer, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy performs three songs from their new album, Sukierae — plus a cover of “You Are Not Alone,” which the elder Tweedy wrote for Mavis Staples.
 

September 22, 2014 | NPR · Now that the pianist’s Fats Waller project tours and has a new album, Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead admits to mixed feelings.
 

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