The Brian Lehrer Show

Inequality in NYC; Obamacare Fight; Pregnancy Myths; War Games; August Wilson

Friday, September 20, 2013

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The poverty rate is up and the income gap is widening. Greg David of the CUNY Journalism School discusses new numbers on inequality. Plus: the politics of the budget fight over Obamacare; economist Emily Oster on her new book Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong--and What You Really Need to Know, the links between the video game industry and the military; and the August Wilson Cycle.

The Brian Lehrer Show

The Real Biological Clock

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Jean Twenge, professor of psychology at San Diego State University and author of The Impatient Woman's Guide to Getting Pregnant, discusses her Atlantic story in which she posits that the decline in fertility over the course of a woman's 30's has been oversold.

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State of the Re:Union

State of the Re:Union: Dropouts to Graduates

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Broadcast times: Saturday at 6am on 93.9FM, 2pm on AM820. Sunday at 7am and 8pm on AM820.

Say you meet a teenager. She’s 16, and she’s dropped out of school. Now, she’s pregnant, due in a few months. She’s on her own, as her boyfriend disappeared when news of the baby came out. She doesn’t have a job, and is hoping her mom won’t kick her out of the house. What would your expectations for her be?

If you’re in Holyoke, Massachusetts, the answer to those questions might be very different from the predictable one of hopelessness and dim futures. That’s because Holyoke is home to the Care Center, an alternative school for pregnant and parenting teens who’ve dropped out of high school.



Do the City's New Teen Pregnancy Ads Stigmatize Girls?

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Teen mothers are speaking out about a city-funded ad campaign to discourage teen pregnancy. The ad has drawn fire from groups that work with pregnant teens who say it unfairly stigmatizes poor and minority girls.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Unintended Births in the U.S.

Monday, July 30, 2012

William D. Mosher, statistician at the National Center for Health Statistics and the lead author of a new report on unintended pregnancy, explains what it means that 37 percent of births in the US were "unintended at the time of conception."

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Fetal Consequences

Monday, April 30, 2012

Mother's day is nigh. Sort of. Anyway, without knowing it, you might have already given your mom a pretty lasting gift. But whether it helps or hurts her, or both, is still an open question. In this Radiolab short, Robert updates us on the science of fetal cells -- one of the first topics he covered as an NPR science correspondent.

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The Takeaway

Native American Women Lack Access to "Plan B" Contraception

Friday, March 23, 2012

A new report says women living on Native American reservations face major obstacles to accessing Plan B emergency contraception. The report also criticizes the Indian Health Service for not implementing standard policies and protocols dealing with sexual assault and rape. Joining us is the co-author of the report, Charon Asetoyer, executive director of the Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center.  

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Study: Some Pregnant Moms Eating Too Much Fish

Monday, February 20, 2012

A new study finds that newborn infants of some immigrant mothers from the Caribbean have relatively high levels of mercury in their blood.

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The Takeaway

Is Pregnancy a Disability?

Friday, January 06, 2012

In a presentation to the American Association of Law Schools on Thursday, Jeannette Cox, an associate professor at the University of Dayton School of Law, argued that pregnancy comes with physical limitations on par with conditions now protected under a new amendment to the Americans with Disabilities Act. These include the inability to do prolonged lifting, sitting, standing or walking or driving. While some are outraged by the assertion, Cox sees it as a way for women to get more legal protections at their workplace.

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The Takeaway

50 Years After the Horrors of Thalidomide

Thursday, December 01, 2011

It was supposed to help pregnant women deal with their morning sickness. But when the women who took thalidomide gave birth they were confronted with a horror story. Children were born with a birth defects and other problems that could be fatal. It was 50 years ago the drug Thalidomide was withdrawn after it became clear it was causing serious and sometimes fatal harm to the unborn babies of thousands of women in Europe and around the world.


WQXR Features

Café Concert: Kate Royal

Thursday, May 19, 2011

In the WQXR Café, the three-months-pregnant Kate Royal performed a selection of songs from her latest CD, and talked about how her busy career is going to change dramatically over the coming months. Watch one of Royal's performances here.

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The Takeaway

Early Experiences in the Womb Have Long Consequences for Future Health

Monday, October 04, 2010

An emerging field of science known as fetal origins claims that conditions in the womb before birth can have far-reaching and long-lasting consequences for the health and well-being of the adults those fetuses become. The latest scientific research suggests that prenatal influences — including a woman’s exposure to environmental toxins during her pregnancy, her stress levels and diet — can affect the health of future generations.

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The Takeaway

Choosing Not to Test for Down Syndrome

Monday, September 20, 2010

Amy Julia Becker is like a lot of mothers in America. She’s in her early thirties. She’s married. She has two kids, and a third on the way.

But here’s where she might be considered slightly different: of her two children, one has Down Syndrome. And when it comes to her current pregnancy, she and her husband have decided NOT to have the fetus screened for Down Syndrome.

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