The Overpopulation Podcast

The Overpopulation Podcast
We can solve world overpopulation

25 Too Nervous to Discuss Overpopulation?
Jul 9 • 46 min
Facing the truth about our “Godzilla King Kong overconsumption machine”
24 Celebrate the Baby Shortage
Jun 21 • 51 min
Dropping birth rates are good news on overpopulated planet
23 Getting Overpopulation Right in the Media
May 7 • 42 min
Enlightenment for journalists still avoiding the subject
22 The Uncomfortable Truth: Overpopulation
Mar 10 • 52 min
Is it in our best interest to remain silent?
Vision of a Sustainable Population Future
Jan 16 • 43 min
Yes, the world is overpopulated, but the problem is NOT too big to solve. In this roundtable discussion we’ve convened the “overpopulation solution team” from World Population Balance to offer a “sustainable future” scenario. The team paints a picture of…
Democracy Cannot Survive Overpopulation
Dec 20, 2018 • 37 min
Does it surprise you that democracy does NOT get better with population growth? In a 1989 interview with Bill Moyers, science writer Isaac Asimov observed: “Democracy cannot survive overpopulation; human dignity cannot survive [overpopulation];…
Dropping Birth Rates are Good News
Nov 27, 2018 • 39 min
News reports and economists exhibit collective angst about declining birth rates and the resulting aging of populations in many nations. They worry about labor shortages, upside-down pension programs, rising health care burdens and stagnating GDP. A…
Population IS a Problem
Oct 2, 2018 • 56 min
And it warrants greater attention, not less. This roundtable discussion with the staff of World Population Balance answers the question, “Is there a problem with population?” An attempt to answer the question with a “not really” was recently published in…
Let’s Stop Trampling Our Kids’ Rights
Aug 14, 2018 • 45 min
We need to put our children first. “We treat human babies as property, not as children or human beings that need jobs, breathable air, and crops that don’t just die out because it’s become too hot or too dry.” It’s true, isn’t it? But it just hasn’t…
Listener Roundtable
Jul 18, 2018 • 43 min
We wanted to hear what you, our listeners, are thinking… about the challenges, the setbacks, and the wins in the race to achieve a sustainable world population. So we convened an online “Listeners Roundtable” for this episode. Seven listeners joined the…
Young Women Consider Family Size
Jun 13, 2018 • 35 min
Graduate student Emma Spett was surprised not that people in their twenties aren’t interested in having kids, but that they have children in spite of that feeling. She thinks, “It’s not wise to NOT be deliberate about bringing children into this new…
Can We Live the Good Life Sustainably?
May 7, 2018 • 28 min
Can 7.6 billion or more people live sustainably and happily on the planet? Can we avoid the sensitive topic of choosing smaller families simply by eating less meat, taking public transportation and turning the thermostat down in winter and up in summer?…
Teaching Students About Overshoot
Apr 3, 2018 • 45 min
College students grieve when presented the facts about overshoot. World Population Balance Executive Director Dave Gardner picks the brain of a professor teaching a college course on human population. Chris Bystroff, Professor of Biological Sciences and…
What the Media Gets Wrong on Overpopulation
Feb 27, 2018 • 45 min
Overpopulation and the impacts of human population growth have been getting more and more media coverage in recent years. World Population Balance thinks it’s important to have the resulting awareness, education and conversations. But how thorough,…
Capable of Making a Difference
Feb 3, 2018 • 60 min
Robin Maynard has tremendous faith that the young people of the world have both tremendous power and growing awareness and interest in getting humanity back onto a sustainable path. Our guest, the director of Population Matters, shares his thinking about…
Tap Dancing Around Overpopulation
Oct 20, 2017 • 49 min
Is discussing overpopulation politically incorrect? Science tells us there are more people on the planet today than the Earth can sustainably support. Is avoiding the subject the best way to solve the problem? The World Population Balance team tackles…
Editorial Cartoons: What Makes Joel Pett Tick?
May 23, 2017 • 54 min
Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Joel Pett has long had our environment, sustainability and overpopulation on his mind. CAUTION: Adult language. His cartoons have graced USA Today, the Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe…
Small Family Campaigns & Incentives
Jan 17, 2017 • 67 min
Are there ethical and moral ways for governments to accelerate the move to smaller families - in order to contract population? Ethicists Colin Hickey and Jake Earl weigh in on why this should be done, and how we might do it fairly, in order to shrink our…
Our Moral Obligation to Conceive Just One Child
Nov 15, 2016 • 65 min
Our efforts to date are falling “woefully short” of achieving the greenhouse gas reduction needed to avoid dramatic, probably catastrophic, climate disruption. Bioethicist Travis Rieder shakes things up by asking the question: In the age of climate…
Evil Plot to End Overpopulation
Oct 18, 2016 • 61 min
Will it take mass murder to bring world population back to a sustainable level? Novelist Benjamin Dancer joins host Dave Gardner to discuss the issues raised in his novel, Patriarch Run. Learn more about Benjamin and the book at…
Choosing ChildFree
Aug 1, 2016 • 45 min
In observance of International Childfree Day, author Laura Carroll joins host Dave Gardner to discuss the choice couples make to be childfree. Laura served as editor for the book, Man Swarm: How Overpopulation is Killing the Wild World by Dave Foreman,…
Move Upstream - We’re Overpopulated
Mar 17, 2016 • 53 min
Author, naturalist, and World Population Balance advisor Karen Shragg completely supports working on the many environmental and social issues of our time, “but nothing will matter when we run out of the vital resources of this planet, or create a climate…
Overpopulation: What do Young People Think?
Jan 20, 2016 • 52 min
College student Jasmine Stark shares why and how she became concerned about overpopulation, and what she is doing about it. Her responses to the crisis include choosing to conceive just one child and having lots of conversations with her peers to put…
Honey, We Need to Shrink the Population
Dec 3, 2015 • 49 min
How do we know the world is overpopulated? And why is it necessary to begin dramatically reducing births? Dave Paxson and Dave Gardner are joined by World Population Balance Research Director Alan Ware, who runs down the list of essential, life-supporting…
Overpopulation is Solvable
Sep 2, 2015 • 52 min
Most of us don’t know that much about world population. Is it growing? How fast? Has it already outstripped the planet’s capacity to support it? How do we know? Is there ANYTHING we can do about it? The biggest surprise is that the solution to…