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 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. 

Episode 4:  "Move Upstream - We're Overpopulated"

In this interview with World Population Balance's David Paxson and Dave Gardner, Karen Shragg explores the premise of her book, Move Upstream: A Call to Solve Overpopulation. The three attempt to untangle the irrational avoidance of fundamental truths about overpopulation. 

Episode 3:  "Overpopulation: What do Young People Think?"

College student Jasmine Stark shares why and how she became concerned about overpopulation, and what she is doing about it. Her responses to the crisis include choosing to conceive just one child and having lots of conversations with her peers to put overpopulation on their radar screens.

Episode 2:  "Honey, We Need to Shrink the Population"

How do we know the world is overpopulated? And why is it necessary to begin dramatically reducing births? David Paxson and Dave Gardner are joined by World Population Balance Research Director Alan Ware, who runs down the list of essential, life-supporting natural resources being depleted by the needs and wants of over 7.5 billion people.