Matthew Green

Matthew Green produces and edits The Lowdown, KQED’s multimedia news education blog, an online resource for educators and the general public. He previously taught journalism at Fremont High School in East Oakland, and has written for numerous local publications, including the Oakland Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle. Email:; Twitter: @KQEDlowdown

Should the Olympics be a Stage for Political Dissent?

Is it cool to bring political issues to the Olympics? When there are strong tensions between nations or concerns over human rights violations, should those issues be left at the door in the spirit of international unity and competition, or should the Olympics be used as a worldwide stage to express political dissent and call attention to perceived injustices? #DoNowOlympics

Politics at the Olympics: A History [Interactive Timeline]

Just before the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach appealed to activists accusing the host country of political suppression and human rights violations to leave their political differences at the door. “Sport can only contribute to development and peace if it's not

Political Party Platforms Explained

Recreational reading, it is not. But if you want to cut through the election spin and get an idea of what each political party officially stands for, the party platforms are a good place to start. Both the Republican and Democratic parties, as well as some third parties, draft th new platforms

What’s The TPP and Why All the Hubbub at The Democratic National Convention?

[youtube] UPDATED July 29, 2016 If you watched any part of Democratic National Convention this week, you probably noticed a small but visible group of attendees protesting something called the “TPP.” Some held signs and banners. Some even heckled during various speeches, including President Obama's address Wednesday

Interactive California Wildfire Map: Where Major Fires Are Burning Now

[youtube] Updated: July 25, 12 p.m. Two major wildfires in central and southern California, which started Friday and spread quickly through the weekend, destroying homes and forcing evacuations in nearby communities as thousands of firefighters continue to battle both blazes. As of Monday at noon, the Sand

Uprising! Lessons from the Race Riots of 1967

“This is our basic conclusion: Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white — separate and unequal.”— Kerner Commission report, 1968 July has been a particularly tense time for police and low-income communities of color. First came deaths of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota, two

Why Black Women Outnumber Black Men in the Bay Area

For every 100 black women living in the Bay Area, there are only 88 black men, according to a KQED Lowdown analysis. This gender imbalance is notably greater than in any other racial group, and reflects the disproportionately high rate of incarceration among black males. African-Americans made up about 7 percent of

Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis Explained

[youtube] Puerto Rico is drowning in debt. The cash-strapped U.S. island territory in the Caribbean hasn't been financially sound for at least a decade, and for years has borrowed huge sums of money to make ends meet. Now it's buried under $72 billion of debt – equivalent to

Interactive California Wildfire Maps

Just days into summer, California is already feeling the burn and bracing for a long, hot wildfire season ahead. The Erskine fire in Kern County, northeast of Bakersfield has already scorched more than 45,000 acres, or 70 square miles, the largest blaze so far this year