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September -- Census 2020: Making Sense of the Census

The League of Women Voters Downeast in cooperation with WERU FM is producing and sponsoring a monthly radio program on topics in participatory democracy. It's called the Democracy Forum.

Broadcasts may be heard live from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on the third Friday of the month at WERU Community Radio, 89.9 FM Blue Hill, 99.9 FM Bangor. Listen live on the Web at WERU FM.

Join us the following Wednesday evening, 5:30 - 7:00, for an in-person public conversation on this topic.

Here is information about our upcoming broadcast.

September 15 -- Census 2020: Making Sense of the Census

Last year we did an episode about the census and sampling versus a direct statistic. You just said the word 'census,' and people fall asleep. -- Aaron Sorkin, Screenwriter, West Wing

We'll talk about the history and evolution of the census, why it's important, who uses census data, what's being planned for 2020, whether there are problems on the horizon, and why the census matters in Maine. We'll take listener calls during the second half of the show.

In case you missed it live, you can listen to this show from the archive at

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Key Topics:
  • What is the history of the U.S. Census? Do other countries do it the same way?
  • What are the important uses of census data nationwide and here in Maine?
  • What is being planned for 2020?
  • Are there problems on the horizon for 2020?
  • Has the census become politicized, like so much else in 21st century America?
  • How can citizens play a role?

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Read about and listen to past programs from the League archive.

Past Topics in this Series

BALLOT QUESTIONS IN MAINE: Whose Initiatives Are They?

THE TWO MAINES: Can We Bridge the Divide?

FAKE NEWS: Who Can You Trust?

FREE TRADE: Winners & Losers in Maine

JOBS IN MAINE: What's the Future?


Read about and listen to past programs from the League archive.