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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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Animated Videos About the Math of Percentages and Discounts

What's New in News & Civics! | March 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Animated Videos About the Math of Percentages and Discounts

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 Acts KQED – Math of Percents Find […]

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California Split Into Six States, an Interactive Map

What's New in News & Civics! | March 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

California Split Into Six States, an Interactive Map

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 […]

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America: The Land of Opportunity for All?

What's New in News & Civics! | February 24, 2014 | 1 Comment

America: The Land of Opportunity for All?

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?

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Statistics about the Most Dangerous Cities in America

What's New in News & Civics! | February 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Statistics about the Most Dangerous Cities in America

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.

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Calculating Credit Card Debt, An Animated Video

What's New in News & Civics! | February 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Calculating Credit Card Debt, An Animated Video

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.

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Calculating Your Water Consumption

What's New in News & Civics! | February 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Calculating Your Water Consumption

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?

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