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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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Burned Out: Why Western Wildfires Have Gotten Bigger, Fiercer and More Common [Illustrated Explainer]

News & Civics | July 3, 2015

Burned Out: Why Western Wildfires Have Gotten Bigger, Fiercer and More Common [Illustrated Explainer]

Welcome back to fire season. Oh how we missed ye! The National Interagency Fire Center is once again predicting above normal wildfire activity this season across large swaths of California and Arizona. Risk is also high throughout Washington, Oregon and the northern half of Idaho.

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Aquifers and the Depth of California’s Groundwater Crisis [Interactive Explainer]

News & Civics | July 1, 2015

Aquifers and the Depth of California’s Groundwater Crisis [Interactive Explainer]

Large stretches of California’s Central Valley are sinking fast, and it’s no mystery what the culprit is: groundwater pumping. Groundwater accounts for about 60 percent of the state’s water supply in dry years, with most of that used by agriculture, according to the state Department of Water Resources.

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Are Youth Summer Jobs Harder to Find Than They Used to Be?

News & Civics | June 29, 2015

Are Youth Summer Jobs Harder to Find Than They Used to Be?

In the sage words of Alice Cooper: “School’s out for summer ” (if not forever). And that means millions of young people around the country are suddenly on the job hunt, flooding the labor market to make a quick buck in the dog days of summer.

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Why Is Summertime in San Francisco So Dang Foggy? [Includes Interactive Explainer]

News & Civics | June 26, 2015

Why Is Summertime in San Francisco So Dang Foggy? [Includes Interactive Explainer]

“The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” OK fine, so Mark Twain may never have actually said it himself. But the statement stands nonetheless.

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Revisiting the Patriot Act and America’s Ongoing Tug-of-War Between Privacy and Security

News & Civics | June 23, 2015

Revisiting the Patriot Act and America’s Ongoing Tug-of-War Between Privacy and Security

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday (June 2) approved legislation scaling back the federal government’s broad surveillance of American phone records.

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What California’s New Mandatory Water Restrictions Mean for You [Interactive Map]

News & Civics | June 19, 2015

What California’s New Mandatory Water Restrictions Mean for You [Interactive Map]

Better get used to shorter showers,’cause now California’s keeping watch. Well, not literally (we hope). As of June 1, statewide mandatory water cuts went into effect.

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Class Dismissed: The Dark Side of For-Profit Colleges

News & Civics | June 17, 2015

Class Dismissed: The Dark Side of For-Profit Colleges

In late April, all 28 campuses owned by Corinthian Colleges abruptly shut down, leaving more than 1600 students out in the cold just weeks before the end of the semester. It marks the biggest shutdown in the history of higher education in the United States.

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Should the Members of a Police Force Reflect the Larger Population?

Do Now | June 12, 2015 | 585 Comments

Should the Members of a Police Force Reflect the Larger Population?

he issue of race and law enforcement was thrust into the national spotlight last month when a white police officer in Ferguson, MO shot and killed an unarmed black 18-year-old named Michael Brown. Is it important for police departments to be as racially diverse as the communities they work in?

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America’s Growing Death Penalty Divide [Interactive Map]

News & Civics | June 2, 2015

America’s Growing Death Penalty Divide [Interactive Map]

A bipartisan contingent of state lawmakers on May 27 narrowly overrode the governor’s veto of a bill passed the previous week to repeal the state’s longstanding death penalty. View these interactive maps that show statistics about the death penalty in the U.S.

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Is Income Inequality a Problem in Our Society?

Do Now: Government and Civics | May 29, 2015 | 364 Comments

Is Income Inequality a Problem in Our Society?

Several years have passed since Occupy Wall Street protests flared up throughout the country, and although the issue has largely faded from national debate, the degree of income inequality that sparked the movement remains rampant. Do you think income inequality is a problem in our society?

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