Survival Guide: How to Handle Family Stress

From Above the Noise. Family really getting to you? You’re not alone. Even as stay-at-home orders are loosening, you’re probably spending way more time at home than you’d like to be. This can lead to some family tension—especially between teens and parents. Myles Bess talks to some experts about how to keep the peace with…

Busting COVID-19 Myths and Misinformation: We Got You

From Above the Noise. With new information about COVID-19, comes misinformation too! False claims and rumors about everything from treatments and remedies to how the virus is spread are popping up everywhere– it’s hard to keep track of what’s accurate and what’s not. Myles not only sets the record straight by speaking to a public…

Coronavirus: Why Social Distancing Saves Lives

From Above the Noise. To slow the spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, public health experts are telling us to stay home and practice “social distancing.” Think social distancing doesn’t matter if you’re young and healthy? Think again. It’s not about you– it’s about protecting the community. And in this Above the Noise video, we…

Is College Worth the Time and Money?

From Above the Noise. College is often presented as THE best path to success. But it’s not the only path. Is college really the best option? TEACHERS: Get your students in the discussion on KQED Learn, a safe place for middle and high school students to investigate controversial topics and share their voices. ABOVE THE…

Would Universal Healthcare Really Work in the U.S.?

From Above the Noise. Pretty much every rich, developed nation on the planet has universal healthcare, EXCEPT for the U.S. Should we join them, or does our current healthcare system have advantages that we don’t want to lose? TEACHERS: Get your students in the discussion on KQED Learn, a safe place for middle and high…

Are Video Games Really Making Us More Violent?

From Above the Noise. We’ve all heard that violent video games make you violent, but is it true? Myles and PBS NewsHour Student Reporters from Etiwanda High School in Southern California dive deep into the research to get a better understanding of the debate. TEACHERS: Get your students in the discussion on KQED Learn, a…

Would Arming Teachers Make Schools Safer?

From Above the Noise. Traditionally thought of as gun-free zones, some schools are now allowing teachers to carry guns in classrooms— an effort that is meant to increase school safety, particularly when it comes to stopping school shootings. But this move is sparking controversy nationwide, as many opponents question whether arming teachers with guns would…

Climate Change: How Doomed ARE We?

From Above the Noise. Climate change is THE existential question that humanity is facing. But are we too late? Has climate change reached the point of no return? Are we doomed? TEACHERS: Get your students in the discussion on KQED Learn, a safe place for middle and high school students to investigate controversial topics and…

The Electoral College: Why Such A Big Debate?

From Above the Noise. There’s been 5 times in U.S. history where the guy who became president lost the popular vote, but won the electoral vote. And two of those times were just in the last 20 years. And with a new presidential election coming up, there’s lots of chatter about the value of the…

Are Zoos Good or Bad for Animals?

From Above the Noise. Zoos are great, right? You get to be up close and personal with some amazing animals that you’d pretty much never get to see in the wild. Clearly, zoos are a win for people. But when it comes to the animals, zoos might cause more harm than good. Should zoos exist?…