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Census and Immigration Status, Space Archaeology, African Migration

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Mar 29, 2018
  • 47:43

2020 Census Will Ask, "Are You a US Citizen?" Guest: Tanya Golash-Boza, PhD, Professor of Sociology, University of California-Merced When it arrives in our mailboxes two years from now, the US Census will include the question: Are you a United States citizen? The Commerce Department just announced this week that question will go back on the full, once-every-ten-years census survey Americans are required to take. It’ll be the first time in 50 years that has been the case. Already, more than a dozen states, led by California, have filed a lawsuit to stop the question from being added. Let’s get a sense of why this is controversial. You, Too, Can Be a Space Archaeologist! Guest: Sarah Parcak, PhD, Founder and President, GlobalXplorer, Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Founding director, Laboratory for Global Observation, University of Alabama at Birmingham Sarah Parcak is a space archaeologist, and she wants you to be one too. You don’t have to travel in a rocket ship or use a telescope. All you need is an internet connection and some patience, because space archaeology entails studying satellite images to find hidden treasure. The more eyes on the images, the better.  A Celebrated African Novelist on Migration and Identity Guest: Ken Bugul, Author, “Le Baobab Fou” If you look at the list of countries whose citizens have left for other places over the last decade, Syria’s emigrant population has grown the fastest worldwide. The rest of the top ten countries with fastest growing rates of emigration are all in Africa. So it’s not too surprising that migration was something Ken Bugul spoke passionately about during a recent visit to our studio as a guest of BYU’s Africana Studies program.  Ken Bugul is from Senegal. She’s one of French-speaking Africa’s most celebrated authors. Her writing deals with independence, loss, inequality and identity. Her next novel is about migration. It’s unfortunate that only one of her books has been translated into English, because there’s a lot Ken Bugul wishes we, in the West, understood. Bugs Are Fun (originally aired June 9, 2017) Guest: Shawn Clark, PhD, Research Professor of Biology with an emphasis on entomology at BYU, Insect Collections Manager at the Monte L. Bean Museum We were so fascinated with bugs when we were kids – inspecting them in the yard, bringing them inside, much to mom’s chagrin. And then at some point we learn that bugs are icky and we’re a lot more worried about squashing them than studying them. We’ve got someone with us this hour who never did learn to hate bugs.  . Show More...

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