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NYS Has No South Asian Elected Officials. Why?

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Asian population in the five boroughs spiked 32 percent in the last decade, and New Yorkers of South Asian descent had a lot to do with it. Numbers from the Census Bureau show that Indian American numbers alone skyrocketed 77 percent in Manhattan to reach 25,857, and in the city over all there are now 192,209 people who identify as Asian Indian. In the next few weeks we'll have numbers on the Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Nepali and Indo-Caribbean communities which have also been steadily rising. All of which raises an interesting question.

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City Hopes to Gain in Census Challenge

Monday, May 09, 2011

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City officials are still scratching their heads to figure out why the 2010 Census only counted 8.175 million residents in New York — about a quarter million people below the city's own estimates — as they prepare a formal challenge in the next two months.

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As Redistricting Begins, Racial Gerrymandering Follows Black Migration

Friday, April 29, 2011

With Republicans now controlling most state legislatures, the GOP has the luxury of steering the process. That likely means packing newly-distributed black voters into strategically drawn borders, siphoning them from swing districts that would become more solidly Republican as a result.

Obviously, there are big implications for the next decade of elections. In post-census years, it's good to be the king.

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States to Watch: The Immigration Battle Takes Shape

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Alabama State Senate yesterday passed legislation to crack down on illegal legislation. The measure, which is similar in tone to Arizona's controversial SB 1070, already passed the House once. It now returns to the House for final approval before heading to the governor's desk for signature.

The national immigration discussion is also well underway. Republican hopefuls for the 2012 presidential nomination have been laying out their opinions on the issue, and President Obama signaled his readiness to renew conversation this week by convening religious, political and business leaders to the White House to talk about federal-level immigration reform.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Mixed Race

Friday, April 08, 2011

The number of mixed race kids has risen by 50% in past 10 years. Interracial relationships are also on the rise. Terry Zealand and Faye Zealand, co-founders of the AIDS Resource Foundation for Children, discuss their interracial relationship and how things have changed since they got together in the 60's. 

Listeners: Did you grow up as a mixed race child? Are you a parent of a mixed race child? Any surprises about being mixed race? Source of pride? Identity confusion? Call us up and tell us about your experience!

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The Takeaway

Census Reveals Major Demographic Shifts for US Children

Thursday, April 07, 2011

New data from the 2010 Census has revealed surprising facts about America’s children. Between 2000 and 2010, the number of Hispanic and Asian children in the U.S. grew by 5.5 million, while the population of white children declined by 4.3 million. How have our nation's schools handled these population shifts — particularly as states slash their education budgets? How will these demographic changes affect the U.S. in the future?

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WNYC News

Census Workers Unable to Access 'Housing Underworld,' Some Say

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

As the city plans to challenge what it says are low census numbers by showing that many of the thousands of vacancies – namely in Brooklyn and Queens – were in fact occupied homes, some residents in those areas spoke of an impenetrable "housing underworld" that census workers could not reach.

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The Takeaway

Boys Make Up the Bulk of India's Population Surge

Friday, April 01, 2011

India’s population has tripled in size in the last 50 years, hitting a record 1.2 billion in 2010. India is set to outpace China by 2030, even though the population growth is slowing. But the data has a disturbing side, the ratio of boys to girls has dropped again. For every 1,000 boys only 914 girls are born. The gender imbalance is a result of sex selection, and may have far-reaching adverse effects for the country.

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Sam Roberts' Three Most Interesting Census Tracts

Thursday, March 31, 2011

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When you look at the Census as a whole… I think you see a lot of bright signs for New York City, even though the count came in somewhat lower than the city had anticipated.

Sam Roberts, urban affairs correspondent for The New York Times, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Census Results: Final Numbers

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sam Roberts, urban affairs correspondent for The New York Times, joins us as our weekly guest this month to talk about the census results and what they show about Americans and New Yorkers. In his final segment with us in this series, he digs deep into the NYC and metropolitan area census figures.

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WNYC News

City Plans to Challenge Census Estimate

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Bloomberg administration announced plans to officially challenge the U.S. Census Bureau's population count for New York City. The challenge comes in response to the bureau's tally of 8.175 million people within the five boroughs — a headcount about 250,000 below what local officials believe to be accurate.

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Financial 411: Weekly Business Roundup

Friday, March 25, 2011

City officials believe the five boroughs were under-counted in the U.S. Census. What would a smaller headcount mean for real estate and planning in New York City?

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The Mix: Counting Residents, Radiation, Missiles

Friday, March 25, 2011

It's A Free Country's The Mix, where we take some of the notable clips and other voices found on WNYC this week and mix 'em up. Voices are in bold, connections in italics.

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The New Black Migration: Home is Where the Job Is

Friday, March 25, 2011

For city-dwellers, hearing the term "black flight" probably rings gentrification alarms. The borough of Brooklyn, especially, has a reputation for younger white populations pushing African American New Yorkers out of historically black neighborhoods. Indeed, census data maps lend some credence to this belief; booming neighborhoods like Williamsburg, Park Slope, and even the edges of Bed-Stuy show signs of whitewash.

Correlation, however, does not equal causation.

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WNYC News

Some New Yorkers Call Parks, Cemeteries Home, Census Shows

Friday, March 25, 2011

The 2010 Census data revealed many interesting facts about the city's population — including that some New Yorkers call the city's larger parks and cemeteries home.

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Does the 2010 census data reflect what you know?

Friday, March 25, 2011

You may have already heard that the census data for the last decade came out this week. WNYC Radio has been anticipating this and planning our news coverage despite not knowing what the data would show.

In preparation, John Keefe, WNYC's Senior Executive Producer of News, built an interactive map that would allow people to easily understand the data in a visual way. If I were you, I would play around with the map for a little bit.

As soon as the data came in, we populated the map and explored the figures to identify newsworthy stories. A few things stood out to us and we reported on those right away. Below you'll see our top three census stories and the interactive map.

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Census Numbers: Calling Jackson Heights

Friday, March 25, 2011

Where you have a lot of families living in not strictly legal situations, maybe single men crowded in a basement apartment or something like that, people are understandably reluctant. Then you've got language issues, some people coming from countries where there's just skepticism of government and not wanting to be involved with anything official.

John Mollenkopf, Director of the Center for Urban Research and Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the CUNY, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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WNYC News

City Officials Contest 2010 Census Figures

Friday, March 25, 2011

New York City officials are contesting the 2010 census figures that showed small population gains in the city.

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The Takeaway

Census Reveals Great Reversal of 'Great Migration'

Friday, March 25, 2011

The latest Census confirms that once-segregated Southern cities like Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and Miami are luring African Americans from northern metro areas like New York and Chicago. Today, 57 percent of the nation’s black population now lives in the South, which is the highest it's been since 1960. Why are we witnessing a Great Reversal of the Great Migration? For the answer we speak with Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of “The Warmth of Other Suns: the Epic Story of America’s Great Migration.”

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Plato, Mo.: America's Mean Center of Population

Friday, March 25, 2011

A village of 109 people and less than three miles across has been declared the country’s mean center of population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The village is Plato, Missouri, and its location is an indicator that the population center has gradually drifted southwest. We talk with the mayor of the village, Bob Biram, 66, who has been living in Plato his whole life. He says "there's a little bit of everything" in Plato.

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