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The case for more babies


Dylan, Jerusalem, and special guest Bryan Walsh discuss the slowing population growth in America, and what a smaller-than-expected America could mean. They also talk about which immigration and child care policies could speed up population growth. Finally, they discuss a paper on why Europe is so much more equal than America.


The Great Population Slowdown

How immigration could reverse population decline

The rise of childlessness

The climate case that it’s okay to have kids

The link between fertility and income

The complex relationship between housing prices and fertility

Changes in abortion access in a post-Roe America

Romania’s abortion ban and its effect on fertility

Recent research on global fertility patterns and cohabitation

What is the relationship between gender equality and fertility rates? 

The Conservative Fertility Advantage

White paper: “Why Is Europe More Equal than the United States?”

A critique of the paper’s approach to health care


Dylan Matthews (@dylanmatt), senior correspondent, Vox

Jerusalem Demsas (@jerusalemdemsas), policy reporter, Vox

Bryan Walsh (@bryanrwalsh), editor for Future Perfect, Vox


Sofi LaLonde, producer and engineer

Libby Nelson, editorial adviser

Amber Hall, deputy editorial director of talk podcasts

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