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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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A Half-Century After March on Washington, Would Martin Luther King Be Satisfied?

News & Civics | January 21, 2015

A Half-Century After March on Washington, Would Martin Luther King Be Satisfied?

On August 28, 2013, thousands gathered on the National Mall to commemorate the 1963 march and the tremendous impact it had. Some of the featured speakers, though, noted that many of the demands have still not been met, particularly along economic lines.

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Despite Hottest Year on Record, Congress’ 170 Climate Deniers Not Breaking A Sweat

News & Civics | January 19, 2015

Despite Hottest Year on Record, Congress’ 170 Climate Deniers Not Breaking A Sweat

Frozen hair and polar vortexes aside, 2014 was the hottest year on record worldwide, according to recently released data from the Japan Meteorological Agency. In fact, 14 out of the 15 hottest years on record have occurred since 2000. Bottom line: climate change is happening; it’s as real as gravity.

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Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement?

News & Civics | January 16, 2015

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement?

Although Monday is officially recognized as Martin Luther King Day, today is the civil rights leader’s actual birthday. Born in Atlanta on January 15, 1929, King would have turned 86 today. How much do you actually know about him and the movement he led? (Article continues below quiz.)

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Map: How Many Bay Area Police Officers Live in the Cities They Serve?

News & Civics | January 14, 2015

Map: How Many Bay Area Police Officers Live in the Cities They Serve?

2014 marked a heightened public scrutiny of police departments around the country igniting deep racial tensions and putting a sharper focus on police racial demographics. A less addressed factor, though that may impact police-community relations is officer residency rates. Here’s a map that illustrates the percentage of cops who actually live in the communities they serve in the Bay Area.

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7 Billion and Counting: How the World Got So Crowded So Quickly [Videos]

News & Civics | January 12, 2015

7 Billion and Counting: How the World Got So Crowded So Quickly [Videos]

Roughly 1 billion people lived on our planet in 1800. And that was a pretty major milestone, considering it took all of human history — at least 50,000 years — to reach that point. But today, a little more than 200 years later, our population is more than 7.2 billion strong.

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News That Moved: The Biggest Stories of 2014 in the Press and on Twitter

News & Civics | January 5, 2015

News That Moved: The Biggest Stories of 2014 in the Press and on Twitter

In the sea that is breaking news, 2014 was a tsunami. A multitude of tumultuous events shook the world this year (sometimes literally). And although it’d be silly to attempt to quantify the “most important” stories, it is worth looking at the topics that American audiences were most drawn to and that seemed to have the greatest impact.

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Interactive Timeline: The Dramatic History of U.S.-Cuba Relations

News & Civics | December 18, 2014

Interactive Timeline: The Dramatic History of U.S.-Cuba Relations

Break out the cigars (the good ones)! The United States will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba, ending 50 years of Cold War hostilities between the two nations, President Obama announced today. Check out this interactive timeline that shows the history of Cuba and U.S. relations.

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California Student Editorial Cartoon Contest: And the Winners Are …

Civics in the Community | December 15, 2014

California Student Editorial Cartoon Contest: And the Winners Are …

High school students across California this fall created and entered editorial cartoons in a contest that included schools from Chula Vista down south to Ukiah up north. See the winners here.

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Everything You Wanted to Know About A Grand Jury (But Were Afraid to Ask)

News & Civics | December 11, 2014

Everything You Wanted to Know About A Grand Jury (But Were Afraid to Ask)

A New York grand jury in early December voted to not criminally charge a white police officer in the choking death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man. The decision came just 10 days after a Missouri grand jury declined to charge Darren Wilson. Here is an effort to explain a process that’s been thrust into the spotlight over the past two weeks, but remains pretty vague: the Grand Jury.

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The Race Gap in Bay Area Police Departments

News & Civics | December 4, 2014

The Race Gap in Bay Area Police Departments

Circles in the map below are scaled according to the number of sworn officers in each police department. As shown in the blue legend at bottom, the shade of each circle indicates the size of the race gap between the police force (sworn officers) and the population; the darker the circle, the larger the gap.

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