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: email@example.com; Twitter: @KQEDlowdown
It wasn’t always about the grilling and chilling. In fact, the last glorious taste of summertime that Labor Day’s come to represent masks the often overlooked turbulent history that led to its establishment in the first place.
[Scroll down for the interactive timeline] Just before the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach implored nations at odds with Russia to leave their political differences at the door.
Recreational reading, they are not. But if you want to cut through some of the election spin and get an idea of what each political party “officially” stands for, party platforms are a good place to start.
Included as a fundamental right in the U.S. Constitution, firearms have long played a pivotal role in America’s history and culture. Federal gun regulations, though, were largely nonexistent until well into the 20th Century, and today remain exceptionally lenient compared to gun laws in most other wealthy nations.