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Matthew Green

Matthew Green runs KQED’s News Education Project, a new online resource for educators and the general public to help explain the news. The project lives at kqed.org/lowdown.

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Was Justice Served by the Darren Wilson Grand Jury?

Do Now | November 28, 2014 | 1 Comment

Was Justice Served by the Darren Wilson Grand Jury?

On Monday, A Missouri grand jury decided to not charge Darren Wilson, a white police officer, in the August shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old. Do you think the jury’s decision was fair?

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Why California’s Drought is America’s Problem

News & Civics | November 19, 2014

Why California’s Drought is America’s Problem

Despite a few recent downpours, California remains stuck in one of the most severe statewide droughts on record. But it’s far from just California’s problem. The state produces a huge percentage of the nation’s agriculture.

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Is Immigration Reform on the Horizon? [Animated Explainer]

News & Civics | November 18, 2014

Is Immigration Reform on the Horizon? [Animated Explainer]

Remember when U.S. immigration reform seemed like it was finally in the cards? That was so 2013. But now that the Republicans have won control of the Senate, the issue may soon resurface, with a stronger possibility of a bill making it through both chambers of Congress.

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On the Rise: How Minimum Wage Hikes Won Big with Voters [Interactive]

News & Civics | November 17, 2014

On the Rise: How Minimum Wage Hikes Won Big with Voters [Interactive]

Despite ongoing conservative opposition to the raising the federal minimum wage, recent initiatives in individual states, both blue and red, have had overwhelmingly success. Check out this interactive explainer to learn more.

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The Sad State of Voter Turnout in the U.S. … and California [Map]

News & Civics | November 10, 2014

The Sad State of Voter Turnout in the U.S. … and California [Map]

In case you weren’t paying attention, this was a big week for the Republican Party. On Election Day, the nation swung decidedly to the right. Here’s a map that illustrates voter turnout in the 2014 midterm elections, shown as a percentage of each state’s voting-age population.

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The State of Voting Rights in America: A 3-Part Comic Series

General | October 30, 2014

The State of Voting Rights in America: A 3-Part Comic Series

The upcoming midterms marks the first major nationwide election since the Supreme Court struck down a key piece of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act. The 2013 decision had an immediate impact, giving a handful of primarily southern states the green light to change their voting rules without first getting approval from the federal government.

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Should Voters Be Required to Show ID at the Polls?

Do Now | October 24, 2014 | 229 Comments

Should Voters Be Required to Show ID at the Polls?

You have to show an ID at the airport. You have to show it to buy alcohol. So what’s the big deal about showing it to vote? Should voters be required to show some form of identification when they show up to the polls?

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How to Navigate America’s Confusing Patchwork of Voting Laws

News & Civics | October 20, 2014

How to Navigate America’s Confusing Patchwork of Voting Laws

Think you know your state’s voting rules? Better check again before heading to the polls next month. Depending on where you live, those rules might have changed since the last time you voted.

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Your Legal Rights and Responsibilities with the Police [An Illustrated Guide]

News & Civics | October 3, 2014

Your Legal Rights and Responsibilities with the Police [An Illustrated Guide]

In August, riots erupted in Ferguson, Mo. after a white police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year-old. The incident underscored the importance of people knowing what their rights are when stopped by the police, and how to act appropriately during these interactions to best avoid potentially dangerous confrontations. Cartoon journalist Andy Warner explains the rules of engagement.

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The Inequalities of Climate Change Visualized

News & Civics | September 29, 2014

The Inequalities of Climate Change Visualized

The Carbon Map was created by Duncan Clark and Robin Houston from the design firm KILN as an entry to the World Bank’s Apps for Climate competition. Recently updated and featured on The Guardian, the map resizes the world’s geography to reflect the nations most responsible for climate change and those most vulnerable to its impacts.

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