Above the Noise

Should We Get Free Money from the Government? | Above the Noise

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When the robots come to take our jobs, what are we all going to do to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table? That’s the question that the universal basic income (UBI) hopes to answer. The government gives everyone JUST enough money to afford the basics so that no one falls into total, abject poverty. Supporters think a universal income is essential to fight financial inequality and help the millions of people who could lose their jobs to artificial intelligence. But opponents think it would be WAY too expensive and could hurt the economy by stripping away the incentive to work. Where do you stand? Is the universal basic income a good idea or bad idea? Have your students join the discussion with other students across the country on KQED Learn. (Log in required.)

False Equivalence: Why It's so Dangerous | Above the Noise

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Not every topic warrants a “both sides” approach. Some viewpoints are simply not backed by empirical evidence or are based on false ideas. Journalists and anyone who work with facts have to be careful not to present them as legit debates. If they do, they are creating a “false equivalence.” False equivalence: what does it mean, and why is it helping to spread misinformation online? 

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Suicide Prevention: How Can Schools Help? | Above the Noise

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No one wants to talk about it, but suicide is a leading cause of death among teens. The good news is, schools are uniquely positioned to help. Student reporters from PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs investigate what schools can do. 

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Do Active Shooter Drills Do More Harm Than Good? | Above the Noise

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As active shooter drills become more common in schools, there’s debate over what type of drill is best. Do hyper realistic drills better prepare students, or are they unnecessarily traumatizing? Join students from PBS NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs as they investigate which kind of drills are most effective. Have your students watch the video and respond to the question in KQED Learn.

Why Isn't Hip-Hop Having Its Own #MeToo Moment? | Above the Noise

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The #MeToo movement has shined a light on abuse and harassment in the workplace in almost every industry within the past year, but one industry that’s been glaringly quiet is the rap industry. Rap has traditionally been male dominated, not unlike many other industries. However, in the film and television industry, when a woman comes forward with allegations, she gains support from other male and female power players from within her industry. The same cannot be said for women who come forward with allegations against those in the rap industry. We see how gender dynamics play a role, but there’s more to it. Is it a matter of race? Or an issue of power structures? Find out why hip hop isn't having its own #MeToo moment in the latest Above the Noise episode.

Free Speech vs Hate Speech on College Campuses | Above the Noise

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College campuses across the United States have found themselves at the center of a raging free speech debate. As controversial figures, like white nationalists, book gigs at universities -- many are calling for limits to provocative speech on campuses, while others advocate free speech for all, including the haters. Can college campuses ban speakers? Find out what exactly is covered under free speech in the latest Above the Noise episode.

Welcome to Above the Noise | Above the Noise

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Above the Noise is a new YouTube series that empowers teens with the facts behind real-world issues that affect their lives. Begin with a brief intro to what you can expect from this series: healthy skepticism about news coverage of controversial and trending topics that affect you. Two dynamic young hosts, journalists Myles Bess and Shirin Ghaffary, take a closer look at topics that are often sensationalized or distorted in the media, examining the latest research to inspire young viewers to draw informed conclusions, strengthen their media literacy skills and activate interest in civic engagement.

2017 According to Above the Noise | Above the Noise

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2017 was a big year. Not just for America and the world, but also for Above the Noise -- a new YouTube series that empowers teens with the facts behind real-world issues that affect their lives. Join host Myles Bess by a cozy fireplace as he reflects back on this year.

Is There Really an Immigration "Line" to Wait In? | Above the Noise

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About a million immigrant visas are given out each year, although demand is much higher. Wait times and procedures vary dramatically depending on who you are and where you’re from. Politicians often say that immigrants should go to the back of “the line” and wait their turn. But what does that “line” actually look like? Find out just how complicated U.S. immigration system is from the latest Above the Noise video. 

Is Cryptocurrency the Future of Money? | Above the Noise

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There’s been a lot of hype recently about Bitcoin and other types of cryptocurrency. Since 2017, when its value skyrocketed and turned a bunch lucky folks into overnight millionaires, there’s been a lot of buzz about Bitcoin and other types of cryptocurrencies. Some believers think that cryptocurrencies could even replace traditional monetary systems. But a good number of skeptics say that this new type of digital cash is just a short-term fad that won’t last long. So, are they really the future of money, or just a lot of digital hype?

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