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: firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @Matthewkqed
Like it or not, the 2016 presidential campaign season is in full force. The first Democratic candidate debate took place last night (Tuesday, Oct. 13), and two well-stocked Republican debates have already come and gone. And that means campaign commercials. A lot them. For the next 12 months. So brace yourself.
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.
On the morning of Thursday, Oct. 1, a heavily armed gunman walked into a community college classroom in Roseburg, OR, slaughtering nine people before taking his own life. It marks yet another mass shooting in a nation where gun deaths occur with alarming frequency.
Teaching suggestions Ideas provided by Jessica Tyson, a 9th grade social studies teacher at Oakland Technical High School Ask students to choose two different decades on the map or the timeline below it, and describe the population change that occurred between them Have students research and come up with an explanation for this change. What … Continue reading How A 50-Year-Old Immigration Law Helped Change the Face of America [Interactive Map] →
Pope Francis on Tuesday stepped onto U.S. soil for the first time, beginning a jam-packed six-day tour that includes a meeting with President Obama at the White House, an address to a joint session of Congress, and brief visits to New York and Philadelphia.
The Valley Fire in Lake County, which started Saturday and spread into neighboring Napa and Sonoma counties, had already scorched at least 61,000 acres as of Monday morning (September 14), destroying hundreds of homes and causing mandatory evacuations throughout the region.
Rampant overfishing in the world’s oceans has led to a dramatic decline in big “predatory” fish populations — especially those really tasty ones we enjoy eating, like tuna and cod — while creating an overabundance of small fish.
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 →