Matthew Green

Matthew Green runs KQED’s News Education Project, an online resource for educators and the general public to help explain the news. The project lives at kqed.org/lowdown.

MAP: Welcome to Primary Season! Here’s the Schedule of When Each State Votes

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KC8__arJn-c?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent&w=640&h=390] One state nominating contest down, 55 to go. Oy! The Iowa caucuses might be over, but the race to the presidential nomination is just heating up. From now until June, Republicans and Democrats in all 49 remaining states, as well as Washington D.C. and five

State of the Union BINGO!

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USIbGW0Z9tg?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent&w=640&h=390] Who says gambling and politics don't mix?President Obama tonight gives his seventh and final State of the Union Address, underscoring accomplishments and outlining a range of goals for his last in office. What better way to watch it than by indulging in that cherished

MAP: Which States Have the Highest and Lowest Gun Death Rates?

Mouseover the map below to see each state's gun-related death rate in 2014. Data is based on the latest available figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's analysis of 2014 death certificates. All reported gun-related deaths are counted, including homicides, accidents and suicides (the latter of which

What Is A Grand Jury and How Does It Work?

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clZ_QjUqyfo?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent&w=640&h=390] Confused about what grand juries are and how they operate? You're probably not alone. After three months of testimony, an Ohio grand jury on Monday declined to indict the two Cleveland police officers involved in the 2014 fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. The decision

Last Minute Holiday Shopping? Beware of Credit Card Debt! Here’s How It Works [Video Explainer]

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5qlbISOAGA?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent&w=640&h=390] Beware the lure of that plastic in your wallet! According to the Federal Reserve data, the average indebted U.S. household in 2013 shouldered credit card debt of more than $15,000 (although that figure is skewed by a relatively small number of extremely debt-ridden families). U.S.

AP Poll: The 10 Biggest News Stories of 2015

In its annual year-end poll, the Associated Press news service asked U.S. editors and news directors to pick the most significant national and international news stories over the last 12 months. In 2014, the top story in AP's poll was the officer-involved killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson,

Think You Know the Fastest Way to Board A Plane? Think Again!

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMgarcFkXz4?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent&w=640&h=390] Rejoice! The holiday travel season is descending upon us. If you plan to braved the friendly skies at some point in the next two weeks, there's a slight possibly that you'll find yourself a tad frustrated by the glacial pace of the boarding process. And