Last week, PBS NewsHour Extra partnered with Google to offer students the #MyZeitgeist Challenge, an opportunity to create their own Zeitgeist by compiling the events that have made the biggest impact on their lives using the storytelling tool Meograph. As part of this effort, KQED Do Now presented the question What events of the year […]
Last week, students across the nation discussed ways America should help veterans escape homelessness in our #DoNowVets post. We asked students How can we prevent veterans from being homeless? Whose responsibility is it to help them? Homelessness has become a growing issue in America since the mid-eighties. However, many Americans may be shocked to find that veterans are a part of the growing number of homeless people.
Homelessness is not simply a person without a place to sleep at night. As Steve Peck, CEO of U.S. Vets writes in his article in the Huffington Post, “homelessness is the end result of a whole series of events that result in diminished capacity, loss of self-determination, most often loss of employment, loss of family, isolation, poverty, and lack of self-esteem, all leading to inability to pay for housing.”
The conflict in Syria grew out of the 2011 Arab Spring protests, when Syrians peacefully demonstrated against Mr. Assad, who succeeded his father Hafez al-Assad, as president. This family had held the presidency for 40 years. Protesters demanded democratic reforms and the Syrian government unleashed security forces on demonstrators, killing many protesters and igniting a movement made up of secular rebels who aligned with the Free Syrian Army, and rebel militias, the most powerful of which are radical Islamist groups.
Last week’s KQED Do Now investigated North Korea’s threat to attack their neighbors and even the United States. In recent years, North Korea has made several threats to develop and deploy nuclear weapons on countries like South Korea, Japan, and even the United States. These type of threats were never met with major concern as […]
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On Thursday, November 29, Internet and cell phone service throughout almost all of Syria was shut down. The service disruption continued through Friday, forcing an airport closure. The Syrian government has been widely suspected of disabling service, although President Bashar al-Assad, claimed that it was “terrorists” cut the cable. The shutdown marks another chapter in […]
Sandow Birk was featured on KQED’s Spark when he was making paintings about an imagined war between Northern and Southern California. He was also making a film based on Dante’s Inferno that starred handmade puppets. Since making the movie, Birk has been busy in his studio, working with different mediums and themes to create his […]