A U.S. Census Bureau letter stating "your response is required by law."  The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency.

A U.S. Census Bureau letter stating "your response is required by law." The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency.

The Trump administration has sought to end the census count early. Thursday night, a federal judge in California barred them from doing so. Still, the Department of Justice has signaled they plan to appeal.

It’s just the latest twist in a census challenged by the pandemic and marked by political wrangling.

Andrew Whitby is the author of the recent book “The Sum of the People: How the Census Has Shaped Nations, From the Ancient World to the Modern Age.”

Diane talked to him Friday morning about the history of the census in the U.S., and why it’s so important to get it right.

Guests

  • Andrew Whitby Data scientist and author of “The Sum of the People: How the Census has Shaped Nations, From the Ancient World to the Modern Age"

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