What's New in News & Civics! | March 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
What would it look like if California was divided into six states? It’s a discussion that is not completely unheard of. Since California entered the United States in 1850, there have been several efforts to divide it, particularly from residents in far northern California who want to create a state called Jefferson. Recently, California’s Secretary […]
What's New in News & Civics! | February 24, 2014 | 1 Comment
America is described as “The Land of Opportunity,” a place where people are instilled with the idea of how hard work opens up countless educational and financial opportunities, no matter what social class you are born into. But, is social mobility really possible for everyone?
What's New in News & Civics! | February 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
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.
What's New in News & Civics! | February 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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.
What's New in News & Civics! | February 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
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?
What's New in News & Civics! | January 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
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
What's New in News & Civics! | January 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
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.
News & Civics | October 25, 2013 | 0 Comments
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 […]
News & Civics | October 22, 2013 | 0 Comments
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 […]
News & Civics | October 2, 2013 | 0 Comments
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 […]