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Welcome to another instalment of Significance magazine’s new “In conversation with…” series of audio interviews. Today’s guest is Andrew Whitby, an economist and data scientist, and author of the new book The Sum of the People, which tells the story of censuses from ancient to modern.

Whitby spoke to Significance back in February, but we’re publishing the interview now to coincide with the release of the book, which also happens to coincide with the 2020 US Census. Whitby is online at and on Twitter @EconAndrew.

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