News & Civics | March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
While America is supposedly recovering from the Great Recession in 2008, the American household does not show the same type of growth. The U.S. Census Bureau released a series of 2012 income data that shows the average household income has not changed between 2011 and 2012.
What's New in News & Civics! | March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
Crime rate can be caused by a wide variety of factors, from a small police force to the quality of education in the city. As a result, criminologist warn people against creating overarching assumptions that one factor, such as unemployment, is directly related to the crime rate in cities.
What's New in News & Civics! | March 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
Percentages come in handy in understanding anything from sports to news and of course, shopping. However, around 80% of the population struggle with understanding percentages. Animator Josh Kurz explains the math behind common percentages in three videos clips. The Math of Percentages and Discounts Explained in Three Animated ActsThe Math of Percentages and Discounts Explained […]
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.