Joy — Mundane And Otherwise, 35-Year Low In US Birth Rate

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In spite of all the devastation and dark times related to the coronavirus pandemic, people are still finding joy in their day-to-day lives. We talk about a New York Times project documenting more than a dozen writers’ joy. Then we learn what’s behind the birth rate in the U.S. hitting its lowest mark in more than three decades.

Featured in this Show

  • What's Bringing You Joy?

    There’s much to feel disappointed or frustrated about now, but the real victory is in finding something to be joyful about. We hear about the things that are bringing 14 writers joy right now, including running very, very slowly, regrowing scallions, eating an obscene amount of calories before noon, and showing someone else you care. We also ask listeners to share recent sources of joy.

  • US Birth Rate At 35-Year Low

    According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control, the birthrate in the United States is at its lowest level in 35 years. We talk with a family researcher about the factors playing a role in the decline of births.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Natalie Guyette Producer
  • J. Carlisle Larsen Producer
  • Anya Strzemien Guest
  • Jennifer Glass Guest

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