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The Overpopulation Podcast features enlightening conversations between World Population Balance Executive Director Dave Gardner, staff, and guests. Stay tuned as we roll out more podcasts to raise overpopulation awareness and spread the great news that overpopulation is solvable!

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Episode 11:  "Capable of Making a Difference"

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 human overpopulation and talks about the organization's goals, strategies, and tactics. 

World Population Balance - A future worth inheriting

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 these questions in response to a column by journalist David Roberts explaining why he avoids the subject

Episode 9:  "Editorial Cartoons: What Makes Joel Pett Tick?"

Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Joel Pett has long had our environment, sustainability and overpopulation on his mind. His cartoons have graced USA Today, the Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe and his hometown Lexington Herald-Leader for over three decades. In this charming conversation, Joel shares stories about some of his favorite cartoons and reacts to Overpopulation Podcast host Dave Gardner’s analysis. While you listen, peruse Pett’s cartoons. CAUTION: Some adult language.

Episode 8:  "Small Family Campaigns and Incentives"

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 carbon footprint. 

Episode 7:  "Our Moral Obligation to Conceive Just One Child"

Host Dave Gardner talks with Travis Rieder, bioethicist and author of Toward a Small Family Ethic: How Overpopulation and Climate Change are Affecting the Morality of Procreation. Appearing on NPR and other national news outlets, Travis is encouraging everyone to consider the ethics of having children on an overpopulated, climate-disrupted planet. 

Episode 6:  "Evil Plot to End Overpopulation"

In Benjamin Dancer's novel, Patriarch Run, an evil mastermind attempts to solve overpopulation through the mass murder of billions. Benjamin joins host Dave Gardner to discuss the issues raised in the novel. Learn more about Benjamin's novel at

Episode 5:  "Choosing Childfree"

Author Laura Carroll joins host Dave Gardner to discuss the choice couples make to be childfree. The discussion includes our pronatal culture and where to get support, myths about family size, the cost of raising children, and of course doing your part to solve overpopulation.