What Next

Left Out of the Census

More than a third of U.S. households still haven’t responded to the population survey.


Episode Notes

The U.S. Census Bureau has faced setback after setback. And, this year, who makes it into the official population count is going to be a lot more complicated.

Guest: Hansi Lo Wang covers the 2020 Census for NPR.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Danielle Hewitt, with help from Daniel Avis.


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The problem with the news right now? It’s everywhere. And each day, it can feel like we’re all just mindlessly scrolling. It’s why we created What Next. This short daily show is here to help you make sense of things. When the news feels overwhelming, we’re here to help you answer: What next? Look for new episodes every weekday morning.

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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.