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.

What NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Saw on Its 3 Billion-Mile Journey to Pluto

Ok, so we’re jumping on the bandwagon a bit late with this one, but whadyagonnado? Unless you spend your days in a Wi-Fi-less cave, you probably heard the hoopla last month about New Horizons, that unmanned NASA spacecraft that traveled for almost a decade, covering three billion miles, all to get a nice, albeit brief, … Continue reading What NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Saw on Its 3 Billion-Mile Journey to Pluto →

Back in the Day, Medicare Had Its Haters, Too (And We Never Did “Awake to Socialism”)

“Write those letters now. Call your friends, and tell them to write. If you don’t, this program, I promise you, will pass just as surely as the sun will come up tomorrow. And behind it will come other federal programs that will invade every area of freedom as we have known it in this country. … Continue reading Back in the Day, Medicare Had Its Haters, Too (And We Never Did “Awake to Socialism”) →

You Can’t Ride BART Across the Bay This Weekend So May As Well Learn Something About It Instead

Bay Area traffic might suck, but when BART’s not running, it sucks a whole lot more. That’ll likely be made painfully clear all day Saturday and Sunday (August 1 and 2) when BART closes the Transbay Tube for major track repairs, severing a major transportation artery between the East Bay and San Francisco, and forcing … Continue reading You Can’t Ride BART Across the Bay This Weekend So May As Well Learn Something About It Instead →

How Redlining Maps Encouraged Segregation in California’s Cities [Interactive]

Discussion Questions & Suggestions Why did the federal government create different categories for different neighborhoods? Can you notice any lasting effects of redlining where you live? Click on a green area in one of the interactive maps below. What are the reasons given for that neighborhood’s desirability? Click on a red area. What are the … Continue reading How Redlining Maps Encouraged Segregation in California’s Cities [Interactive] →