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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 Families Teach Kids How To Use Guns (Safely)?

News & Civics | June 5, 2015 | 1 Comment

Should Families Teach Kids How To Use Guns (Safely)?

To respond to the Do Now, you can comment below or tweet your response. Be sure to begin your tweet with @KQEDEdspace and end it with #DoNowSafety For more info on how to use Twitter, click here. Do Now How should we educate young people about the possibilities of gun violence without causing them to […]

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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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Should Teachers Get Paid More Money? Students Weigh In

News & Civics | May 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

Should Teachers Get Paid More Money? Students Weigh In

For many teachers long hours, high demands, and challenging working conditions are a harsh reality. Read what students had to say about the teachers that influenced them, and if teachers should get paid more money for their hard work.

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Ireland Becomes 19th Nation to Legalize Gay Marriage; First to Do So By Popular Vote [Interactive Map]

News & Civics | May 26, 2015

Ireland Becomes 19th Nation to Legalize Gay Marriage; First to Do So By Popular Vote [Interactive Map]

A “colorful” map of the 18 nations that have already legalized same-sex marriage.

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The Hidden Roots of Memorial Day: A Holiday First Organized by Emancipated Blacks in Charleston, S.C.

News & Civics | May 24, 2015

The Hidden Roots of Memorial Day: A Holiday First Organized by Emancipated Blacks in Charleston, S.C.

Memorial Day was born out of the collective trauma of the Civil War. But that’s where agreement about the roots of the holiday ends. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, about 25 cities claim to be the birthplace of the holiday.

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Should the U.S. Government Spy on its Own People?

News & Civics | May 22, 2015 | 18 Comments

Should the U.S. Government Spy on its Own People?

Three provisions of the Patriot Act are due to expire on June 1st. Should the U.S. government continue to be given wide latitude to spy on its citizens in an effort to prevent terrorism?

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