TUESDAY, APR 09, 2013
A Federal District Court settlement sets forth new rules for immigration raids in the U.S., changing the way that Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents conduct searches. Social Explorer’s Andrew Beveridge did a report and testified as an expert for the plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit.
Using data from immigration and custom enforcement, he analyzed whether those that ICE intended to arrest, as well as those ultimately arrested, were disproportionately Hispanic. ...
FRIDAY, APR 05, 2013
First observed in 1997, National Tartan Day celebrates the legacy and contributions of Scottish Americans. The annual festivities are held on April 6th, the anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath, the 1320 Scottish Declaration of Independence.
As George Bush's 2008 presidential proclamation stated, Tartan Day seeks to "celebrate the spirit and character of Scottish Americans and recognize their many contributions to our culture and our way of life."
Though Census data do not go back a...
THURSDAY, MAR 28, 2013
This week, the Supreme Court heard two cases that could change same-sex marriage laws nationwide. If the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 are ruled illegal, same-sex couples around the nation could rush to the altar this summer.
To help measure the impact of this ruling on the population, Social Explorer took a look at data on same-sex couples. The Census and American Community Survey collect data on unmarried partners living together. These numbers offer some insight into how man...
SUNDAY, FEB 24, 2013
Things move fast in New York, unless you're trying to sign your kid up for something. In the New York Times article "Born to Wait: For Parents, a Waiting List for Nearly Everything," Soni Sangha explores the increase in over-filled classes and long waiting lists for children's programs. The story includes data and analysis from Social Explorer's Andrew Beveridge.
If waiting in line in the predawn of a January morning for science camp registration sounds crazy, you do not have a New York Cit...
SUNDAY, FEB 10, 2013
February is full of special occasions and holidays, and this Tuesday marks two of them--Abraham Lincoln's birthday and Mardi Gras. Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, and the famed president’s birth is celebrated every year, along with President’s Day. This year, Mardi Gras (“Fat Tuesday)—the day before the 40-days of Lent begin—also falls on February 12.
Social Explorer look at an intersection of these two events with related data.
One of the cities most associated with Mardi...
THURSDAY, FEB 07, 2013
Earlier this week, Social Explorer's Andrew Beveridge appeared on WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show to talk about the latest in the decennial New York City redistricting battle. The city's changing demographics, along with the many other political and legal forces at play, will determine the new districts and thus shape the future of New York City's politics. Beveridge and fellow guests discussed incumbency, particular neighborhoods, minority representation, proposed district lines and alternat...
THURSDAY, JAN 31, 2013
Every February second, people across Pennsylvania and the world look to a famous rodent to answer the question—when will spring come?
For over 120 years, Punxsutawney Phil Soweby (Punxsutawney Phil for short), has offered his predictions, based on whether he sees his shadow (more winter) or not (an early spring).
The first official Groundhog Day celebration took place in 1887, and Phil has gone on to star in a blockbuster film, dominate the early February news cycle, and even appear on Oprah...
TUESDAY, JAN 15, 2013
Martin Luther King Jr. was the legendary civil rights leader whose strong calls to end racial segregation and discrimination were central to many of the victories of the Civil Rights movement. Every January, the United States celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day to honor the activist who made so many strides towards equality.
Social Explorer takes a look at the demographics of the legendary activist’s hometown then and now to see how it has (and has not) changed. King was born in 1929, so we...
MONDAY, DEC 24, 2012
Producer and director Frank Capra set the Christmas classic It's a Wonderful Life in the fictional small town of Bedford Falls, NY. The actual town of Seneca Falls, NY, claims to be Capra's inspiration. The town hosts the annual It's a Wonderful Life Festival and visitors can explore the history at the museum dedicated to the legend.
Using Social Explorer, you can explore data on Seneca County from 1940 (around the time Capra is said to have visited the town) and today, using the 2008-10 A...
FRIDAY, DEC 14, 2012
This morning, a gunman killed at least 20 children and six adults before shooting himself at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Speculation about the crime swirls as details about this tragedy continue to emerge.
Using detailed American Community Survey data from 2006-10, Social Explorer takes a look at who lives in Newtown. We also compared the area with Columbine, Colorado, the site of a tragic high school shooting in 1999, and Aurora, Colorado, where a movie theater shooting too...