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Multimedia content packages exploring big topics in the news

Gun Violence in America

The fight over firearms

California’s Prison System
Why are so many people behind bars?
(w/ EDUCATOR GUIDE)

The Facebook Effect
The business of knowing our business.
(w/ EDUCATOR GUIDE)

Immigration Reform

The changing nature of the U.S. immigration system

Same-Sex Marriage in America

Following the battle over same-sex marriage in the U.S.

The Art of Redistricting

How our political destinies are mapped

California’s State Parks

What’s so important about having parks?

Election 2012

Big issues, big money, big stakes: making sense of a messy process.

Affordable Housing in California

Why is it so expensive to live here?

Why Facebook Is Going Public (and how it made one graffiti artist rich)

INCLUDES: ARTICLE; KQED AUDIO; PBS NEWSHOUR VIDEO

Facebook CEO announces his company's plan to go public (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

When Facebook filed for an Initial Public Offering (IPO) in February, Mark Zuckerberg wrote a public letter outlining Facebook’s mission: to bring the world closer together. With the additional investment money that an IPO would bring, he explained, Facebook would have the resources to better reach that goal.
Or, to put it another way, when Facebook goes public, it stands to make a whole lot of money. IPO’s can be a good way for companies
to have access to a lot of funding fast, Continue reading

IPOs, Investments, and Stocks, Oh My! Explaining the Business of Business

INCLUDES: ARTICLE AND KQED AUDIO; INVESTOPEDIA VIDEO

Credit: Scott Beale / Laughing Squid

Since 2004, when Mark Zuckerberg launched the first version of Facebook from his college dorm room, the company has been privately-owned. That means that only a handful of people – Zuckerberg,  a bunch of his early co-workers, and a few private investment firms – owned shares (parts) in the company. This February, though, Facebook announced it was going “public,” which opens the door for outside investors to start thinking about buying into it. Continue reading