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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Last Day Whites Outnumber Minorities

Thursday, August 21, 2014

On Friday evening, the United States will become a minority majority country, according to a new calculation. 

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The Takeaway

Changes in Population Forecast Changes to the Electoral Map

Monday, December 30, 2013

Close to 40 million Americans migrate from one home to another every year, and when Americans move so do the lines on our electoral map. Keesha Gaskins, senior counsel in the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, explains America’s changing political landscape.

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WNYC News

Which Neighborhood Has the Most Immigrants? It's Not Chinatown.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The city's foreign-born population has crossed the 3 million mark, a figure without precedent in municipal history and indicative of a decades-long metamorphosis of New York's character. 

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The Takeaway

Fears of Global Population Boom Overblown

Thursday, September 12, 2013

According to a United Nations estimate, the global population is expected to balloon to 10 billion by the year 2100, which has naturally caused people to worry. But not everyone is buying it. Danny Dorling is the Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford and the author of “Population 10 Billion.” He says these fears are overblown and that we shouldn't be panicking. 

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The Takeaway

World Population Set to Reach 10 Billion By End of Century

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

In 1960, there were 3 billion of us humans. By 2100, the world population could reach as much as 10.85 billion. That projection has some experts worried that the world won’t be able to sustain such growth. Stephen Emmott is head of Microsoft Research’s Computational Science Laboratory in Cambridge, England, and author of the new book "10 Billion." He joins The Takeaway to discuss wold over-population and how this will impact the future.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Depopulation Boom

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Jonathan V. Last, senior writer at The Weekly Standard and the author of What to Expect When No One's Expecting: America's Coming Demographic Disaster, says Americans face a looming threat of population shrinkage.

 

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Radiolab

You Are What Your Grandpa Eats

Monday, November 19, 2012

Lars Olov Bygren, a professor at Umeå University in Sweden, grew up in a remote village north of the Arctic Circle. It wasn't an easy place to be a kid, and he has cold, hard data to back him up: book after book of facts and figures on ...

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The Takeaway

First U.S. Census Digitized

Monday, April 02, 2012

The National Archives published the full records of the 1940 census online today. It's the first United States census to be fully digitalized, and contains details, including names, addresses and income levels, of more than 132 million people. Connie Potter, archivist and senior genealogy specialist at the National Archives, says this trove of information brings out the people behind census statistics.

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The Takeaway

What World Will the Seven Billionth Person Grow Up In?

Monday, December 26, 2011

This past Halloween, the world's population hit seven billion, according to the United Nations. So what do we know about our planet's seven billionth child? And what world will he or she grow up in? A few days before this landmark, Suzanne Petroni the vice president for global health at the Public Health Institute, came on The Takeaway to discuss these questions — and she had some surprising predictions on who the Earth's seven billionth person would be.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Euro Zone, Jobs, 7 Billion People

Monday, October 31, 2011

The markets responded positively to the news last week of a euro zone deal to try and turn around their two-year financial crisis. Marcus Mabry, editor-at-large of the International Herald Tribune, which is the international edition of The New York Times, tells us how he expects the markets to continue to go this week and to be on the lookout at Italy, which could be the next euro zone country to be in financial trouble. Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for WNYC and The Takeaway, looks at the upcoming G20 Summit in France this week, and if they can come up with a framework to deal with Europe's economic troubles.

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The Takeaway

7 Billionth Baby: Alice's First Few Hours

Monday, October 31, 2011

Today the world's population reached seven billion. Duncan Kennedy, reporting for the BBC, spent the first few hours with that seven billionth baby — or one of the newborns that could lay claim to the title — Alice, in Australia. He spoke with her new parents about the advent of a new life in their world, and about what it's like to be the parents of a child on a 7 billion person planet. 

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The Takeaway

Is There a Fertility Class Divide in America?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The world's population is set to reach seven billion on Monday, October 31, 2011. And all this week, The Takeaway is talking about what this monumental number means for people, resources and the planet. Statistics in the U.S. show that the average American woman has 2.1 children. With these numbers the population balance should looks good for the U.S. But a new book shows that this is not the case.

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The Takeaway

Should Countries Offer Incentives to Have Children?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

According to the United Nations, the world's population is set to hit seven billion on October 31st. And all this week The Takeaway is talking about what this monumental number means. Some Western countries are seeing a decline in the number of babies born leaving many governments worried about the future age and strength of their populations. Some rich nations like Germany, are offering financial and practical incentives to encourage women to have children.

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The Takeaway

Who Will Be the World's Seven Billionth Person?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The world’s population is set to reach seven billion on Monday, October 31, 2011. The Takeaway is talking about what this monumental number means for people, resources and the planet. One of the biggest questions is who exactly the seven billionth person will be and what his or her life will be like. Suzanne Petroni is vice president for global health at the Public Health Institute, and she has some surprising predictions on who this person might be.

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The Takeaway

Reaching Seven Billion: The History of Population Control

Monday, October 24, 2011

The world's population is expected to reach seven billion on Monday, October 31, 2011. All this week The Takeaway looks at population growth and what it means for natural resources and the planet. High population growth has long concerned politicians and policymakers. The Earth's population first reached 1 billion in 1805, around the midpoint of the industrial revolution. From 1805 it took 123 years for the world's population to reach 2 billion. By contrast, it is estimated that it will only take 15 years until there are 8 million humans living on Earth.

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The Takeaway

Zambia's Population Boom

Monday, October 24, 2011

The United Nations says that by the end of October, the world's population will surpass seven billion. The world population is now growing by roughly 80 million people per year. The tiny African nation of Zambia is among many nations around the world experiencing a population boom. Thirteen million people now live in Zambia, compared to just 3 million in 1964 — and the U.N. expects that number to triple by 2050, with perhaps over 100 million people living there by the end of the century. Fergus Walsh, correspondent for the BBC, reports on Zambia's population boom.

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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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The Takeaway

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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It's A Free Country ®

What To Watch For In The Census: Borough-by-Borough

Thursday, March 03, 2011

When you look at Queens Village, you have a couple square blocks in which there are 400 residents from Central and South America; 300 from south Asia; 300 from southeast Asia; almost 200 from eastern Europe; more than 100 from the Caribbean; more than 100 from east Asia; as well as 500 born in the United States. Now that is diversity, and you don’t see that in many places in the world.

-- Sam Roberts of the New York Times, on the Brian Lehrer Show

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The Takeaway

Warning: Population Overload

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

According to the UK's Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the world is hurtling towards population overload, putting billions of people at risk from hunger and thirst. And the global population is expected to keep growing with a predicted rise of 2.5 billion people by the end of the century. How will the planet and its citizens cope with this explosion?

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