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Fewer People, Part One
Aired 9/23/2004

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.
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  Joseph Chamie
    Director of the United Nations Population Division, which produces World Population Prospects, and the author of Religion and Fertility
  Peter Way
    Chief of the International Program Center at the U.S. Bureau of the Census in Washington, D.C., which produces the Global Population Profile

Originally Aired: 9/23/2004

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Fewer People, Part Two
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Population Explosion or Birth Dearth, Part II
  aired 4/18/2002

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