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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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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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Pulled Over: Your Rights with the Police [An Illustrated Guide]

General | December 2, 2014

Pulled Over: Your Rights with the Police [An Illustrated Guide]

The grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown has drawn national attention to the issue of police force. Here’s an illustrated guide about your rights with the police.

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Was Justice Served by the Darren Wilson Grand Jury?

Do Now | November 28, 2014 | 729 Comments

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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