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Bleak Forecast for New US Poverty Rate

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Census Bureau will release its annual Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage report today and the expectations are grim.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Your Anecdotal Census: Rockland County

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Tim Henderson, data analyst for The Journal News, discusses the changing demographics of Rockland County over the last ten years.  Then Renold Julien, executive director of the Konbit Neg Lakay, a Haitian-American community center based in Spring Valley, talks about the Haitian community there.  Marla Cohen, editor of the Rockland Jewish Reporter, joins with changes she has noticed in the secular Jewish community of Rockland County over the past decade.  Later C. Scott Vanderhoef, Rockland County executive, talks about the policy implications of demographic changes in Rockland County.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Coming Soon: Your Anecdotal Census Data Visualization!

Friday, June 11, 2010

We're excited to launch our new data visualization project! It'll take us a little while to gather the data and create our own infographic, but in the meantime here are some links to stuff that inspires us.

We're using the term data visualization loosely to describe anything that illustrates a set of information. That includes maps, graphs, word clouds, charts, and even pictures. We're collaborating with EJ Fox, who has created infographics for This American Life. There's an example below, and you can follow this link to see more of EJ's stuff!  

 

Below are a few more links to data visualization sites we love.

Data Viz Blog

Information is Beautiful

Flowing Data

Many Eyes

Infosthetics

Stay tuned for details, and if you're a data viz type and want to help out, email blprojects@wnyc.org!

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Transportation Nation

How Americans Decide to (Not) Use Transit

Monday, May 10, 2010

The nation has gone through dramatic demographic and economic change over the last 10 years, in what history may end up calling the "lost decade" because jobs and economic change didn't keep pace.  That loss is coming home to roost now, says the Brookings Institution, which has turned its gaze and powers of analysis to The State of Metropolitan America.  One focus is on commuting, where the latest Census data and research points to a small drop in the number of people driving alone to work.  There is also a stark illustration of transit use: in only two major U.S. do more than one-quarter of residents do something besides drive to work alone (they are SF and NYC).

Today on The Takeaway, Bruce Katz, the Director of Brookings' Metropolitan Policy Program, shares his findings.  Among them, "if we keep building out low-density sprawl -- subsidized, frankly by government -- people won't choose a (transit) option."  Steve Dutch, Professor of Applied and Natural Sciences at the University of Wisconsin Green-Bay shares his research and views on why people don't use mass transitMore.

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The Takeaway

As Northerners Move South, Charlotte Sees Big Changes

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

All month, the federal government has been actively encouraging people across America to fill out the 2010 Census. The survey, which is distributed every ten years, may reveal that the demographics of many cities have drastically changed over the decade. One of those cities is Charlotte, N.C., where an increasing number of northerners and minorities have moved to the once majority-white and classically southern city.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Census Coverage: Flash Census, Karl Rove, Gay Marriage

Monday, April 05, 2010

We've been following tons of Census coverage, and some amusing videos and multimedia have been popping up. Here's a little roundup of some of the best stuff:

Today, the Census Bureau reached out to the LGBT community for the first time with the release of a series of PSAs encouraging same-sex partners to fill out the Census. The official Census Bureau site boasts a variety of videos, but the organization Equal Roots put out a great one featuring actor George Takei of Star Trek fame, and his husband Brian Altman.

 

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The Takeaway

First Take: The New Barter Economy, Conservatives Worry About Census Backlash, Falling Down the Corporate Ladder

Monday, April 05, 2010

UPDATED 10:30 p.m.

Alex Goldmark here with a late night update. We're calling everyone we can in West Virginia about the deadly mine explosion that has killed seven and trapped nineteen miners. Tomorrow morning we'll have an update for you on the status of the trapped men and on the conditions that led to the disaster. 

We're also, watching, literally at this moment, the NCAA men's basketball finals. So you can count on a recap of the game, which so far is pretty exciting. We also want to find out how Butler's Cinderella run will benefit their bottom line - will Butler black replace Carolina blue in the cash cow color wheel of jerseys and college merchandise? 

We're also following a stories on Toyota, legalized marijuana and yes, Tiger Woods. So, its a good mix tomorrow. 

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The Takeaway

Census Challenges for US While India Begins the World's Biggest Count

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Census workers have begun to go out into the streets to get an accurate number of homeless, itinerant and otherwise "uncountable" citizens. Meanwhile, we go to India, where the world's biggest census starts today as the country aims to get an accurate picture of their 1.2 billion citizens.

 

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The Takeaway

Takeouts: Health Care Update, Census

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: After a year of debates over health care policy, lawmakers are now debating the procedure for passing the bill. Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich, has the latest news on the bill's journey through Congress.
  • CENSUS TAKEOUT: Tim Olson, assistant division chief with the U.S. Census Bureau, explains how the Census Bureau is counting same-sex couples, whether married or not.

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The Takeaway

National Census Outreach Picks Up Steam

Monday, March 15, 2010

Check your mailbox, you may have already received a letter warning of the imminent arrival of your mandatory census questionnaire. But did you know that answering those questions is vitally important for the funding of local, regional and nationally funded programs? Or that the information you put in remains confidential for 70 years?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

10 Questions That Count: Question 1 Photo Project!

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

The Huxtable Family

The Huxtable Family

It's almost time for our '10 Questions That Count' site to launch officially! As promised, we're going to ask you for your participation as we tackle the ten questions on the Census form.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

10 Questions that Count: From the Archives

Friday, February 26, 2010

wnyc archivist andy lanset holding an artifact from the 1950 census

wnyc archivist andy lanset holding an artifact from the 1950 census

Press photo from 1950 Census

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10 Questions that Count: On The Air

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

In early March we'll officially launch our '10 Questions that Count' census project, but for now we're getting ready, blogging about some of the preparations and doing a few on-air segments. Here are the census-related conversations that have already aired.

+Series: Five Census Myths Each day during the first week ...

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10 Questions that Count: We Have a Logo!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Brian Lehrer Show team is plugging away behind the scenes to get the 10 Questions that Count census project up and running. We've done some programming already, the website will be launched in the next few weeks, and the project begins in earnest in mid-March, around the time that ...

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10 Questions that Count: Our Census Briefing Notes

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

As you may know, we here at the Brian Lehrer Show are planning to cover the 2010 census as only we can – with a crowdsourcing, interactive project. We call it “10 Questions that Count,” and we'll soon roll out a new website for your stories: about being counted, ...

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10 Questions that Count: Coming Soon!

Friday, January 29, 2010

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The Road Tour kicked off, and they’re counting in Alaska - The 2010 Census is underway! In February and March, forms will appear in mailboxes; and in April, census workers will begin rapping on ...

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The Takeaway

The State of the Indian Union

Friday, January 29, 2010

All this week, we’ve been focusing on the State of Our Union. President Obama offered his version on Wednesday night. Today in Washington, Jefferson Keel, the president of the National Congress of American Indians and a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, offers his take on the state of the Indian union.

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The Takeaway

Census 2010: Why It Matters, How to Do It Better

Friday, January 01, 2010

All week long, we've been talking about the importance of the 2010 Census. To wrap up these conversations, we invited Nate Persily, professor of law and politics at Columbia University, and Ken Prewitt, the Director of the 2000 Census, to join the conversation. What's at stake -- and will everyone be counted?

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The Takeaway

Census: Where Should We Count Prison Inmates?

Thursday, December 31, 2009

The 2010 census is just around the corner. It's the once-every-decade tally of who lives where in the United States. One of its provisions requires counting prisoners in the place where they are incarcerated, not where they originally lived. Here to tell us why that's a problem is Peter Wagner, executive director of the Prison Policy Initiative. Also joining us is Jim Lehman, a state senator from Dodge County, in Wisconsin. His county has a population of just over 10,000, of which nearly 2,000 are prison inmates.

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The Takeaway

Census: Two Hispanic Leaders Debate Boycotting the Count

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

As the census approaches, a debate has begun to brew in Hispanic communities – to stand up and be counted, or not? We talk with two pastors who stand on opposite sides of the issue: Dr. Juan Martinez, who is mobilizing his community to participate, and Rev. Jose Lopez, who is mobilizing his community in boycott.

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