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

Weren’t the Pilgrims Refugees Too?

Regardless of where you stand on the question of admitting Syrian refugees into the United States, there is a certain undeniable irony in watching this heated political debate unfold during Thanksgiving, a national holiday centered around (symbolically, at least) concepts of gratitude, benevolence and coexistence.

MAP: Physician-Assisted Suicide Laws by State

Following months of emotionally-charged debate, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed landmark legislation allowing terminally-ill patients to obtain lethal medication. When the measures goes into effect in 2016, California will become the fifth state to legalize physician-assisted suicide.