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20 Memorial Day Resources Honoring Veterans Past & Present

News & Civics | May 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

20 Memorial Day Resources Honoring Veterans Past & Present

These resources highlight Memorial Day and the upcoming 70th anniversary of D-Day (6/6) by celebrating the stories of Veterans from across the country; resource list includes rich local content from PBS stations around the country. WWII Prairie Memories | Video | Grades 3-12 Sailor John Beston, army nurse Marcy Korda, RCAF pilot Leonard Jorgenson, navy […]

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Eight Helpful Videos that Explain Conflict in Ukraine

News & Civics | May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Eight Helpful Videos that Explain Conflict in Ukraine

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 […]

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A Map of Where Felons Can Vote

What's New in News & Civics! | May 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Map of Where Felons Can Vote

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.

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A Visualization of How Much It Costs to Live in California

What's New in News & Civics! | May 5, 2014 | 2 Comments

A Visualization of How Much It Costs to Live in California

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.

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An Interactive Explainer about the Minimum Wage

What's New in News & Civics! | April 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

An Interactive Explainer about the Minimum Wage

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.

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“Four score and seven years ago…”: Lincoln and Gettysburg Resources

News & Civics | April 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

“Four score and seven years ago…”: Lincoln and Gettysburg Resources

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, have your class join a national effort to encourage everyone in America to video record themselves reading or reciting the famous speech. Then, on April 15th, tune in for the premiere of The Address on PBS, a 90-minute feature length documentary by Ken Burns that tells the story of the Greenwood School, a tiny school in Putney, Vermont, where the students are encouraged to practice, memorize, and recite the Gettysburg Address each year.

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A Visualization of How The Drought is Impacting California’s Reservoirs

What's New in News & Civics! | April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Visualization of How The Drought is Impacting California’s Reservoirs

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.

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An Infograph About Changing Obesity Rates

What's New in News & Civics! | April 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

An Infograph About Changing Obesity Rates

From technology to fashion, America has changed in the last half century. However, more and more people have focused on the change in obesity rates, particularly in children and adolescents. Since the 1960s, the percentage of obese and overweight Americans has more than doubled.  “Overweight” means a person holds more body fat in relation to […]

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What Does it Mean to Be Poor in America?

News & Civics | March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

What Does it Mean to Be Poor in America?

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.

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Is There a Connection Between Crime and Economics?

What's New in News & Civics! | March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Is There a Connection Between Crime and Economics?

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.

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