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Episode 139: When student athletes play hard, who gets paid?

Nov 12, 2019

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Congressional Black Caucus seeks to boost participation in U.S. census

by Erika Beras Jul 24, 2019
African American participation in the upcoming census is a topic of concern for some legislators.
Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP, speaks about a lawsuit filed against the Federal Government concerning the threat that the 2020 Census will undercount members of the African American community and other minorities across the nation, at the National Press Club on March 28, 2018 in Washington, DC.
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What does a citizenship question mean for census data and dollars?

by Ben Bradford Apr 23, 2019
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether the 2020 census should include a citizenship question.
Demonstrators rally at the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on April 23, 2019, to protest a proposal to add a citizenship question in the 2020 Census.
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Census Bureau wary of 2016-style interference

by Erika Beras Mar 29, 2019
The U.S. government is worried the same kind of interference that made its way into the 2016 presidential campaign could affect the 2020 census. As a result, the Census Bureau is asking for help from technology and social media giants…
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The 2020 census is going high-tech and online

by Kai Ryssdal Feb 14, 2019
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by Erika Beras Oct 8, 2018
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A proposed question on citizenship status on the 2020 census could depress Latino turnout

by Larry Buhl May 14, 2018
The 2020 census count is two years away but local officials are already planning how to get everyone counted. Census data is used for determining congressional seats and for distributing billions of dollars in federal funds annually. For many reasons, urban…

The census adds a citizenship question for the first time since 1950

by Reema Khrais Mar 27, 2018
Every 10 years, the government takes an accounting of us. Ideally, every one of us. And that population count — the U.S. Census — determines a lot of things, like how many seats your state has in the House of…

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Can technology make the census more accurate?

by Molly Wood and Kristin Schwab Oct 31, 2017
The census influences how hundreds of billions of dollars are spent. Will reaching out online improve the response rate?
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Census director resigns as ramp up for 2020 count begins

by Jed Kim May 10, 2017
The resignation of the U.S. Census Bureau director leaves the agency with no leader just month before it begins a big hiring and technology push for the 2020 census. Data from the census is useful far beyond counting the population.…