Wednesday, February 04, 2015
Monday, March 24, 2014
A collision between reproductive technology and child custody laws led to a legal battle back in the 1980s that got the attention of the world. It's the case of "Baby M," an infant who sparked one of the earliest legal struggles over surrogacy. The surrogacy business has grown, but the law has not kept up. And that’s created a lot of confusion as well as a lot of families. Jill Rosenbaum, Retro Report producer, explains.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Tanya Selvaratnam weighs the pros and cons of delaying having children. Selvaratnam discusses fertility doctors, adoption counselors, reproductive health professionals, celebrities, feminists, journalists, and sociologists, and argues for more widespread education and open discussion about delayed motherhood. Her book The Big Lie: Motherhood, Feminism and the Reality of the Biological Clock is part personal account, part manifesto.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
In 1960, there were 3 billion of us humans. By 2100, the world population could reach as much as 10.85 billion. That projection has some experts worried that the world won’t be able to sustain such growth. Stephen Emmott is head of Microsoft Research’s Computational Science Laboratory in Cambridge, England, and author of the new book "10 Billion." He joins The Takeaway to discuss wold over-population and how this will impact the future.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Miriam Zoll shares her experience undergoing fertility treatments, which she describes as a cold, sterile world of the laboratory, where she and her husband found themselves growing disconnected from nature, their values, and each other.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Miriam Zoll talks about trying to get pregnant at 40 and her experience navigating the multi-billion-dollar fertility industry. Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Ayad Akhtar joins us for July’s Leonard Lopate Show Book Club! Wall St. Journal language columnist Ben Zimmer explains how linguists figured out that J.K. Rowling published a crime novel under a pseudonym. And Orville Schell and John Delury talk about the people behind China’s extraordinary transformation over the last 150 years.
Friday, June 28, 2013
Normally babies are created with genetic material from two people—something that could soon change. According to The Gaurdian, the UK government is pushing "ahead with plans that would allow doctors to prevent major childhood diseases by creating IVF babies that have genetic material from three people." Doug Turnbull, Director of Welcome Trust Center for Mitrochondrial research at Newcastle University, pioneered the new IVF procedure and discusses this three person IVF treatment and the UK government's plans.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
The trial of George Zimmerman, who is accused of fatally shooting Florida teen Trayvon Martin, started this week. Jami Floyd is here to discuss the specifics of the case. Plus: women’s fertility may not decline as quickly as previously thought; author and blogger Amir Ahmad Nasr talks about how the Internet opened his eyes to the world outside the religious one in which he was raised; and more reactions and analysis to the latest Supreme Court decisions.
Monday, June 24, 2013
According to the C.D.C., a woman’s chances of having a baby "decrease rapidly every year after the age of 30." Dr. Anne Steiner says that's an exaggeration, and that while fertility does decline with age, most women who want to conceive in their 30s will be able to. Erin White-Ulvi is a new mom who says that her doctor advised her to start thinking about having children when she was 29-years-old, warning that her fertility would soon be declining.
Supreme Court Sidesteps Affirmative Action Ruling, Possible Prisoner Exchange With The Taliban, Where Will Snowden Go Next?
Monday, June 24, 2013
On Today's Show: Russia? Cuba? Ecuador? Where Will Snowden Go Next? | A Pageant Inspires Young Women with Disabilities | Supreme Court Sidesteps Affirmative Action Ruling | In Praise of Ambivalence | Possible Prisoner Exchange With The Taliban | Fertility After 35: Cutting Through the Junk Science | Obama Looks to Crackdown on Leaks | Jim Carey Pulls Support For Kick-Ass 2 Movie
Friday, May 10, 2013
The U.S. Senate has passed a bill to require online retailers to collect state sales taxes if they make $1 million or more. We’ll hear about its status in the House and take calls from business owners. And a May series on marijuana legalization continues with a look at addiction and health. Plus: John Catsimatidis on his bid to be the Republican candidate for mayor; a science journalist talks about making the decision to freeze her eggs; and the secret language of Craigslist real estate postings.
Monday, July 09, 2012
Medical technology developed over the past decades has made it easier for women to get pregnant, and now new research on ovarian transplants has the potential to take the pregnancy revolution one step further.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
The world's population is set to reach seven billion on Monday, October 31, 2011. And all this week, The Takeaway is talking about what this monumental number means for people, resources and the planet. Statistics in the U.S. show that the average American woman has 2.1 children. With these numbers the population balance should looks good for the U.S. But a new book shows that this is not the case.
Monday, September 06, 2010
We’ve all heard of single women in their thirties freezing their eggs for later use. But Gillian St. Lawrence has taken the idea somewhat further.
Gillian is thirty. She’s been happily married for nearly ten years. She and her husband, Paul St. Lawrence, both want children... just not yet. They don’t, however, want to face the potentially lower fertility rates and higher genetic disorder rates that might come if they decide to get pregnant years down the road. They’ve opted to create and freeze five embryos, which they’ll implant in ten or fifteen years, when they feel more ready.