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Fewer People, Part Two  (aired 9/30/2004)
We have all heard about the population explosion. Indeed, global population is still going up much more slowly than expected. But something is going on that is quite unexpected. In the last half century the number of children born per woman fell from 5 to 2.7. Now, it takes just 2.1 children to keep a population stable over time but the United Nations is now projecting that women will only bear 1.85 children per woman. That means fewer people in the future and not only in the modern western nations, but in the poor, less developed countries as well. What’s going on? What does it mean? To find out, Think Tank host Ben Wattenberg, author of the new book Fewer: How the New Demography of Depopulation Will Shape our Future, is joined by the men who head the agencies that gather and tend the data from which we make our judgments.

Population Explosion or Birth Dearth? Part I  (aired 11/27/2003)
This week, Think Tank is at the United Nations in New York City, where demographers from all over the world gathered to rethink estimates of future world population growth. For many decades, most of the talk has been about a population explosion, but now the UN has come out with a new set of projections that indicate much slower rates of population growth, that eventually could lead to a reduction in total population. Think Tank asks how low will it go?

Population Explosion or Birth Dearth, Part II  (aired 4/18/2002)
This week Think Tank is at the United Nations Secretariat in New York City, where demographers from all over the world met in March to revise the conventional wisdom about world population growth sharply downward. The numbers that came out of this meeting should shape how we think about environment, trade, pension systems and the global balance of power.

What On Earth Is Going On?  (aired 3/23/2000)
Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg examines the condition of our planet at the beginning of the new millennium. How concerned should we be about pollution, climate change, and population growth? Two think tanks, the Worldwatch Institute and the Competitive Enterprise Institute, have published books that attempt to answer that question. Are they describing the same planet?

Is the Population Explosion Over?  (aired 12/19/1996)
In past years, the nation, as well as the world, became alarmed by the rapid increase in population. As the twenty-first century draws near, Think Tank explores if the nation still has reason to be concerned.


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