Getting A Sense Of The Census On this day in 1790, President George Washington signed a measure authorizing the first U.S. census. Host Scott Simon asks with Carnegie Mellon statistics professor Stephen Fienberg to help us understand what the census was like then — and what it's like now.

Getting A Sense Of The Census

Getting A Sense Of The Census

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On this day in 1790, President George Washington signed a measure authorizing the first U.S. census. Host Scott Simon asks with Carnegie Mellon statistics professor Stephen Fienberg to help us understand what the census was like then — and what it's like now.