Listen to the Overpopulation Podcast

The Overpopulation Podcast features enlightening conversations between World Population Balance Executive Director Nandita Bajaj, cohost 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 15:  "Young Women Consider Family Size"

Graduate student, Emma Spett, believes it's wise to be deliberate about bringing children into the world. Emma raises important questions like: "Why does everyone need their own genetic offspring to be fulfilled?" "Is freedom to choose more important than the sustained existence of our ecological and human systems?"

Episode 14:  "Can We Live the Good Life Sustainably"

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? The World Population Balance staff kicks this subject around in response to a study that concluded resource use would need to decline by a factor of two to six times for all the world's people to live well within planetary boundaries.

Episode 13:  "Teaching Students About Overshoot"

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 Computer Science and Director of the Bioinformatics Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, shares what he's observed about the knowledge and attitudes of young adults enrolled in his college course. Bystroff also shares exciting news about his research project to develop an easily reversible contraceptive vaccine. 

Episode 12:  "What the Media Gets Wrong on Overpopulation"

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, unbiased and accurate is the coverage? 

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.