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Friday, September 04, 2015

On February 23, 1945, during the battle for Iwo Jima, U.S. Marines raised a flag atop Mount Suribachi. (National Archives/Joe Rosenthal/Associated Press)

The Lasting Power of An Iconic Image

We've all seen a photo we'll never forget, one that solidifies a moment of conflict or success in our mind—think of the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima, or Nick Ut's 1972 photo of "The Napalm Girl" that became one of the most iconic photos of the Vietnam war. Now, the conflict in Syria and Europe's refugee crisis has produced another one of these iconic images. This time, sadly, with no survivors. A photo of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi, a Syrian refugee who drowned attempting to cross the border into to Turkey, went viral online Wednesday. The tragic image has sparked a debate over whether the public needs to be confronted with these types of graphic images, or whether they only provide temporary shock and awe. Here to discuss this with us is Maggie Steber, a photojournalist who has worked in 66 countries over three decades. Warning: The photos in this story may be distressing to some viewers.

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Today's Takeaways: Debating Kentucky, Natural Disasters, Confronting the Past

The Takeaway looks at the same-sex marriage debate playing out in Kentucky, how cities are preparing for the worst, and how a Rhode Island church is coming to terms with U.S. slavery.