News & Civics | August 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
Presidential candidates argue back and forth about the value of the “safety net”, but what exactly is it? In general, the safety net refers to the various government funded social welfare programs such as food stamps and subsidized health care that help lift lower income individuals and their families out of poverty. However, liberals […]
News & Civics | July 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
While the Occupy Wall Street protests have died down, income inequality, the issue that sparked the movement in the first place, still remains a problem. In 2012, more than half of the income in America went to the top 10% of wage earners.
News & Civics | June 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
It’s been 100 years since Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, but have the March on Washington’s demands been met?
News & Civics | June 16, 2014 | 1 Comment
America, a nation of immigrants, has attracted a large number of people from around the world. Ever since the first Europeans moved here in the 1600s, American has experienced complicated relationships with newcomers.
News & Civics | June 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
Who does California place behind bars? According to the CDCR 2011 data, most inmates originate from Southern California and are non-white.
News & Civics | May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Confused about the conflict in Ukraine? Shortly after the Olympics, the crisis in Ukraine escalated to a breaking point. The media flashed images of protests in Ukraine, reported on the latest developments in Crimea and even highlighted the growing tension between Russia and America. But what exactly does it all mean? Explore these eight short […]
What's New in News & Civics! | May 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
The United States implements the strictest felon voting laws in the world. As of 2010, the government denied 5.8 million Americans the right to vote due to criminal activity. Explore KQED’s The Lowdown’s interactive map that shows felon voting laws in each state, along with a percentage of the population in each state that has been impacted.
What's New in News & Civics! | May 5, 2014 | 2 Comments
Living in California may cost you more than you anticipated. Currently, the minimum wage in California is $8, but research shows a California resident needs to make $11/hour to pay for basic living expenses. Explore these interactive infographs created by KQED’s The Lowdown, with the help of Amy K. Glasmeier, an urban planning professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, that show estimated monthly costs of basic expenses and the annual income needed to afford these expenses in different households.
What's New in News & Civics! | April 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
Is it time for a raise in America? The hotly debated question of whether or not the federal government should raise the minimum wage has reached Congress once again. In the meantime, many states and cities have taken the issue into their own hands by setting their own minimum wage.
What's New in News & Civics! | April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
California is home to a number of reservoirs and dams that provide water and power to surrounding cities and farms. However, as 2013 proved to be one of the driest years, the sources of water are not as plentiful as they have been in past years. KQED’s The Lowdown takes a closer look at how the drought impacted the level of water in reservoirs.