Author Archives: George Petras

The Apollo 11 Photo, Explained

I did an interactive chart and a couple of promotional images for this story on one of the iconic photos of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The piece addressed the various items you see in the photo and explains why … Continue reading

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Buried Bombs Show War Isn’t Over

I did the graphics research for this story about unexploded World War II ordnance — bombs to artillery shells to hand grenades and everything else — being unearthed over decades on Guam. Understanding Guam’s war history is vital to comprehending … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Truffles

I used a conversational approach for this explainer graphic on truffles — the mushroom-like fungus that’s a prized delicacy among food aficionados. The appeal of truffles isn’t in their taste. It’s in their aroma and the way they impart flavor … Continue reading

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Everything You Want to Know About Boeing’s 737 Max 8 Anti-Stall System

This is a straightforward look at the anti-stall safety system aboard Boeing’s 737 Max 8 commercial aircraft. This ran March 14, 2019, as part of our coverage of the Ethiopian Airline crash in which 157 people died. The Max 8 jet … Continue reading

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Yes, a Story About Dogs Being Killed for Food is Difficult to Write and Will Break Your Heart

This longform graphic, another volunteer effort of mine, seeks to concisely explain the history of dog farms and dog consumption in South Korea, and why it’s on the wane. It accompanies a March 6, 2019, story by Thomas Maresca, a … Continue reading

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Horning in on a White Rhino Story

I volunteered to do this longform explainer graphic on white rhinos after overhearing staff at the Nashville Tennessean talk about the pending arrival of a new white rhinoceros at the Nashville Zoo. I asked Duane Gang, a Tennessean content editor … Continue reading

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Why Mavericks Waves are So Deadly

This longform graphic explains why the waves at Mavericks — a surfing location for fanatics on the California coast — are so high and so deadly. Putting this together required a substantial amount of research, including translating bathymetric1 terminology not … Continue reading

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