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This limited series on the 2020 Census, equips listeners with the knowledge to engage with the most powerful political tool we have. Hear from activist Arturo Vargas (NALEO), Maz Jobrani (Hollywood comedian), Senator Susan Rubio, Colin MacLay, Tom Belin, Natalie Masuoka, and Paul Ong (USC and UCLA academics), Sharon Tosi Lacey (Census Bureau chief historian), Ed Reed (Fair Count), Janai Nelson (NAACP LDF Associate Counsel), Tom Wolf (Brennan Center for Democracy counsel and civil rights lawyer), Sunshine Hillygus (Duke professor who testified in federal trial related to census citizenship question) plus enumerators, advocates and everyday voices to gain insight on why the census matters, especially for historically underrepresented communities, and what we should do to see a more equitable and humane tomorrow.

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This limited series on the 2020 Census, equips listeners with the knowledge to engage with the most powerful political tool we have. Hear from activist Arturo Vargas (NALEO), Maz Jobrani (Hollywood comedian), Senator Susan Rubio, Colin MacLay, Tom Belin, Natalie Masuoka, and Paul Ong (USC and UCLA academics), Sharon Tosi Lacey (Census Bureau chief historian), Ed Reed (Fair Count), Janai Nelson (NAACP LDF Associate Counsel), Tom Wolf (Brennan Center for Democracy counsel and civil rights lawyer), Sunshine Hillygus (Duke professor who testified in federal trial related to census citizenship question) plus enumerators, advocates and everyday voices to gain insight on why the census matters, especially for historically underrepresented communities, and what we should do to see a more equitable and humane tomorrow.

    4 of 4: Will COVID-19 and the Citizenship Question Upend the Census?

    4 of 4: Will COVID-19 and the Citizenship Question Upend the Census?

    By now, it's clear that every person in our country must be counted every ten years in a census, for the purpose of representation and allocation of federal funds. The reach of the census is much wider and deeper than we thought. With something so crucial on the line what are the consequences of the citizenship question controversy and COVID-19?

    • 37 min
    3 of 4: Census: A Person's a Person Once and for All

    3 of 4: Census: A Person's a Person Once and for All

    Historically, the Census has had a substantial undercount for minority groups, reducing funding and representation for millions. Thousands of organizations and advocates across the country have spent several years planning thoughtful and engaging ways to eliminate undercounts and ensure everyone is included. Join us to learn about the innovative strategies towards getting 100% count, including from Hollywood comedian Maz Jobrani, Fair Count in Georgia, and political coalitions in California. After all, a person is a person no matter....

    • 23 min
    2 of 4: What Does the Census Have to Do With Racism?

    2 of 4: What Does the Census Have to Do With Racism?

    The origins of racism in our country can be traced back to the beginning of the U.S. Census. For centuries, its racial categories established a construct for how we define race. Fortunately, with the advent of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, a shift in how racial data was used began: from division and marginalization to empowerment and protection. Learn more about our imperfect history and the opportunities ahead.

    • 30 min
    1 of 4: Census: More Important Than Voting?

    1 of 4: Census: More Important Than Voting?

    As our country gets more divided, there's one thing that can unite us: The Census. The U.S. Census is powerful. Data collected from the census determines the number of representatives in the House for each state and directs the allocation of almost $1 trillion in federal funding. However, less than two-thirds of Americans mail in their census forms and some groups are undercounted by up to 5%. A complete count can completely change representation in our country, which is why some experts believe being counted is more important than voting. Can a group of experts and advocates get us to agree?

    • 33 min
    2020 Counts Trailer: A Comprehensive Four-Part Series on Census 2020

    2020 Counts Trailer: A Comprehensive Four-Part Series on Census 2020

    2020 Counts will change how you think of the census. Some of our guests include,


    Maz Jobrani (https://www.mazjobrani.com/) , actor, comedian and Iranian-American advocate


    Colin MacLay (https://annenberg.usc.edu/faculty/communication/colin-maclay) , executive director, Annenberg Innovation Lab, USC


    Arturo Vargas (https://naleo.org/leadership/) , CEO, NALEO (National Association of Latino Elected Officials) Educational Fund


    Senator Susan Rubio (https://sd22.senate.ca.gov/) , CA state senator representing District 22 in the San Gabriel Valley


    Sharon Tosi Lacey (https://www.commerce.gov/images/sharon-tosi-lacey-phd-chief-historian-us-census-bureau) , Chief Historian, US Census Bureau


    Ed Reed (https://www.faircount.org/about-us/) , Program Director, Fair Count


    Natalie Masuoka (https://polisci.ucla.edu/person/natalie-masuoka/) , Author on Multiracial Identity & Racial Politics and Associate Professor of Political Science, UCLA


    Paul Ong (https://luskin.ucla.edu/person/paul-ong) , Research Professor and Director of Neighborhood Knowledge, UCLA


    Tom Belin (https://ph.ucla.edu/faculty/belin) , Professor of Biostatistics, UCLA


    Maria Garcia (https://census.lacity.org/) , Director, Census 2020, Mayor's Office of Budget and Innovation, City of Los Angeles

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

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27 Ratings

27 Ratings

lcmasa ,

2020 Counts

Wow - they made the census interesting! The hosts are so articulate and well researched, I learned so much. Looking forward to whatever comes out next!

Ellie's Mon ,

Insight, Action & Impact

I love this series. I learned a ton about the census, and it feels so relevant in this moment. It provides information and ways to take action to support our communities. Looking forward to whatever they produce next!

dnieman1014 ,

Great podcast!

Super compelling content. Well produced!

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