According to data recently released by the FBI, crime rates in the United States have fallen for both violent and property crimes within the past two decades. While violent crime still persists in urban areas, several of America’s largest cities, such as New York, have experienced this downward trend. This decrease in crime can be attributed to a wide variety of factors, from stricter policing to community programs.
From small transactions at the grocery store to larger priced items at the mall, consumers swipe their credit cards to pay for items on a daily basis. But how do credit cards actually work? In 2013, an average U.S household owed more than $15,000 in credit card debt. While credit card debt is less than student loan or mortgage debt, consumers still struggle to pay it.
How much water do you use on a daily basis? According to a 2011 study sponsored by California Department of Water Resources, an average single family in California consumes more than 360 gallons of water per day. However, 2013 turned out to be one of the driest years on record. In light of Governor Jerry Brown’s declaration of a statewide drought emergency, a better question is what will the 20 percent cut in water mean for the average Californian?
Will your next lottery ticket be the winning ticket? The odds of winning are about 1 in 175 million. But don’t let that discourage you from buying one. Animator Joe Golling created an animation and accompanying inforgraphic for The Lowdown to illuminate the mathematical chance of buying that winning ticket
How much trash do you throw away on a daily basis? America counts as five percent of the world’s population, yet it produces around 25 percent of the world’s trash. The average American, according to a Columbia University survey, creates more than seven pounds of trash a day. Through an animated music video produced by Explainer Music, KQED’s The Lowdown explores the statistics behind waste in America.
Confused about the Affordable Care Act? Don’t worry. KQED’S The Lowdown helps explain the details of the law and the programs it offers through a series of videos produced by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The videos cover topics ranging from health insurance exchanges to understanding health care policies. Explaining Insurance Exchanges and Other Sexy […]
According to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, the highest paid workers spend their time in hospitals, not in boardrooms. On the other end of the spectrum, food service industry workers reside in America’s lowest wage-earners. KQED’S The Lowdown analyzes how the top 10 highest paying jobs compare […]
Under the Constitution, Congress must pass laws to spend money and if Congress is unable to agree on a spending bill, the government does not have the legal authority to spend. Congress can pass a continuing resolution (CR), a temporary measure that authorizes government funding, and a continuing resolution has been funding the government since March 28 until it expired on September 30. But if the President and Congress can’t agree on the spending plan, government shuts down.
What does it mean for the government to shutdown? After failing to reach an agreement about the allocation of funds on September 30th, Congress declared a shutdown, something that has not happened since 1996. Through several multimedia resources, KQED’S The Lowdown explains previous shutdowns, what caused the current shutdown, which parts of the government will […]
When President Obama recently made his case for military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, it was a sober reminder of the Commander-in-chief’s authority to send America’s armed forces into battle.
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