45 episodes

The Overpopulation Podcast is produced by Population Balance.

We offer education and solutions to address the impacts of human overpopulation and overconsumption on the planet, people, and animals. We do this by: empowering people to make liberated and informed family choices free from the pervasive forces of pronatalism that pressure us into having children; advocating for a radical shift in our relationship to animals and the rest of the natural world—from that of dominion to one of reverence and stewardship; challenging unjust and growth-driven cultural, political, and economic systems that exploit marginalized human communities and threaten all life on earth.

Join co-hosts Nandita Bajaj and Alan Ware, along with guest experts, as we shine a little light on this often misunderstood subject.

The Overpopulation Podcast Population Balance

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The Overpopulation Podcast is produced by Population Balance.

We offer education and solutions to address the impacts of human overpopulation and overconsumption on the planet, people, and animals. We do this by: empowering people to make liberated and informed family choices free from the pervasive forces of pronatalism that pressure us into having children; advocating for a radical shift in our relationship to animals and the rest of the natural world—from that of dominion to one of reverence and stewardship; challenging unjust and growth-driven cultural, political, and economic systems that exploit marginalized human communities and threaten all life on earth.

Join co-hosts Nandita Bajaj and Alan Ware, along with guest experts, as we shine a little light on this often misunderstood subject.

    Mechai Viravaidya: All Hail the Condom King: How Humor & Creativity Transformed Family Planning in Thailand

    Mechai Viravaidya: All Hail the Condom King: How Humor & Creativity Transformed Family Planning in Thailand

    Affectionately known in Thailand as “Mr. Condom”, one of TIME Magazine’s “Asian Heroes”, and the winner of many awards including the United Nations Gold Peace Medal and the Bill and Melinda Gates Award for Global Health, today’s guest Mechai Viravaidya is the founder and chair of the Population and Community Development Association (PDA). Using creativity, humor, and unassailability in finding partners and allies, Mechai championed the most successful family-planning, AIDS prevention, and poverty reduction programs ever known. Through his innovative efforts, Mechai not only brought prosperity to millions by helping to lower the Thai Total Fertility Rate (TFR) from 7 to under 2 within decades, but also was responsible for preventing upwards of 10 million AIDS-related deaths. He now runs some of the world’s most successful social enterprises, including the UN-endorsed Mechai Bamboo Schools, the goal of which is to use schools as a hub for education, community projects, and citizen-engagement.
    ABOUT US
    The Overpopulation Podcast features enlightening conversations between Population Balance Executive Director Nandita Bajaj, cohost Alan Ware, and expert guests. We cover a broad variety of topics that explore the intersectional impacts of our expanding human footprint on human rights, animal protection, and environmental restoration, as well as individual and collective solutions. 
    Find us here: Population Balance
    MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
    About Mechai Viravaidya Mechai Viravaidya Foundation Population and Community Development Association (PDA) UNFPA: In Thailand, an innovative school provides a safe space – and a foundation for life TED Talk: How Mr. Condom made Thailand a better place for life and love Planned Parenthood Association of Thailand Episode 66: Pronatalism and Overpopulation - Challenging the Social Pressures to Procreate Episode 70: Understanding The Right To Have Children Episode 71: The Not-So-Selfish Choice To Be Childfree Share Your Thoughts With Us Join Our Monthly Podcast Club Support this Podcast

    • 46 min
    Paul Ehrlich: Honoring World Population Day With The Legendary Paul Ehrlich

    Paul Ehrlich: Honoring World Population Day With The Legendary Paul Ehrlich

    To commemorate the 32nd World Population Day on July 11, 2022, we are honored to be joined by the legendary Paul Ehrlich, who also celebrates his 90th birthday this year. Author of over 40 books, including the best-selling book The Population Bomb, published in 1968, Dr. Ehrlich was made more famous by numerous appearances on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson - the largest late night show in the 1960’s and 70’s.
    We got the rare opportunity to chat with him about his decades-long career in sustainable population advocacy, his studies on natural butterfly populations, as well as his interest in cultural evolution with respect to environmental ethics. We delved into:
    the need to end the unhelpful consumption vs. population debate optimal population size and wealth redistribution for a decent standard of living for all the ethics of nation states and borders rights to nature the threat of a nuclear war the impacts of the agricultural revolution on the human jaw the maddening rate of planetary degradation and biodiversity loss a variety of urgent solutions that must be undertaken ABOUT US
    The Overpopulation Podcast features enlightening conversations between Population Balance Executive Director Nandita Bajaj, cohost Alan Ware, and expert guests. We cover a broad variety of topics that explore the impacts of our expanding human footprint on human rights, animal protection, and environmental restoration, as well as individual and collective solutions. 
    Find us here: Population Balance
    MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
    Dr. Paul R. Ehrlich - Publications Millennium Assessment of Human Behavior (MAHB) Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta Episode 75 Dr. Kimya Nuru Dennis: The Unique Challenges of Being Black and Childfree Ms. Magazine article by Nandita Bajaj: Abortion Bans Are a Natural Outgrowth of Coercive Pronatalism Aldo Leopold Herman Daly A Finnish phenomenon: Where students learn how to ask, not only answer, questions Robert L. Carneiro The Circumscription Theory Book - Jaws: The Story of a Hidden Epidemic Sandra Kahn and Paul R. Ehrlich Optimum human population size Gretchen C. Daily, Anne H. Ehrlich & Paul R. Ehrlich Returning to “Normal”? Evolutionary Roots of the Human Prospect Paul R Ehrlich, Anne H Ehrlich Population Media Center Share Your Thoughts With Us Join Our Monthly Podcast Club Support this Podcast

    • 1 hr
    76 Sarah Conly: Is Too Much Autonomy Bad For Us?

    76 Sarah Conly: Is Too Much Autonomy Bad For Us?

    Philosopher and ethicist, Sarah Conly explains why the concept of absolute individual autonomy is flawed, and why in most cases, having too much autonomy can actually be harmful for us, both personally and collectively. We also discuss the different methods of external societal guidance to encourage a positive change in beliefs, attitudes, and behaviours, such as education, behavioural nudges, and coercive paternalism. She argues that in light of our current ecological predicament, we do not have a moral right to have more than one biological child, and why we must balance procreative autonomy with procreative responsibility.
    ABOUT US
    The Overpopulation Podcast features enlightening conversations between Population Balance Executive Director Nandita Bajaj, cohost Alan Ware, and expert guests. We cover a broad variety of topics that explore the impacts of our expanding human footprint on human rights, animal protection, and environmental restoration, as well as individual and collective solutions. 
    Find us here: Population Balance
    MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
    Book: Against Autonomy: Justifying Coercive Paternalism Book: One Child: Do We Have a Right to More? Book: Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness Population Media Center Share Your Thoughts With Us Join the monthly Podcast Club Support this Podcast

    • 54 min
    75 Kimya Nuru Dennis: The Unique Challenges of Being Black and Childfree

    75 Kimya Nuru Dennis: The Unique Challenges of Being Black and Childfree

    In this interview with community advocate, sociologist and criminologist, educator, and researcher, Dr. Kimya Nuru Dennis (Keem-ya New-ru Dennis), we discuss the findings of her research on the Black childfree diaspora in countries around the world, as well as the unique challenges of being Black and childfree. We also touch upon the role that patriarchy and male domination plays in the relative powerlessness of women to take control over their reproduction, especially in BIPOC and LGBTQIA communities. Dr. Dennis ends off by discussing the need to have uncomfortable and real conversations in order to engage in authentic equity and justice work.
    ABOUT US
    The Overpopulation Podcast features enlightening conversations between Population Balance Executive Director Nandita Bajaj, cohost Alan Ware, and expert guests. We cover a broad variety of topics that explore the impacts of our expanding human footprint on human rights, animal protection, and environmental restoration, as well as individual and collective solutions. Find us here: Population Balance
    MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
    Dr. Kimya Nuru Dennis’ Scholarly Contributions Dr. Kimya Nuru Dennis’ Website: 365 Diversity Episode 73 Dr. Esgar Guarín - One Small Snip For Man, One Giant Leap For Humankind(ness) The link between the anti-abortion movement & “replacement theory” Share Your Thoughts With Us Join Our Monthly Podcast Club Support this Podcast

    • 1 hr
    74 S.Y. Quraishi: Tackling Islamophobic Population Myths

    74 S.Y. Quraishi: Tackling Islamophobic Population Myths

    Former Chief Election Commissioner of India, Dr. S.Y. Quraishi discusses his latest book The Population Myth: Islam, Politics, and Family Planning in India. Dr. Quraishi debunks the myth around exaggerated fears of Muslim numbers, born out of right-wing Islamophobic political propaganda, while also sharing that the lack of socio-economic empowerment rather than religiosity fuels higher fertility rates.
    ABOUT US
    The Overpopulation Podcast features enlightening conversations between Population Balance Executive Director Nandita Bajaj, cohost Alan Ware, and expert guests. We cover a broad variety of topics that explore the impacts of our expanding human footprint on human rights, animal protection, and environmental restoration, as well as individual and collective solutions. Find us here: Population Balance
    MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
    The Population Myth : Islam, Family Planning and Politics in India An Undocumented Wonder: The Great Indian Election National Family Health Survey, India Share Your Thoughts With Us Join Our Monthly Podcast Club Support this Podcast

    • 52 min
    73 Esgar Guarín: One Small Snip For Man, One Giant Leap For Humankind(ness)

    73 Esgar Guarín: One Small Snip For Man, One Giant Leap For Humankind(ness)

    Columbian-born American award-winning Family and Reproductive Health Specialist, Dr. Esgar Guarín (goo-ah-reen) talks about his journey that led him to becoming a full-time vasectomist. Using a mobile vasectomy clinic as his advocacy vehicle to drive around the US spreading humor and activism, while offering free on-site mobile vasectomies, Dr. G is on a mission to help destigmatize male reproductive responsibility for the love of their partners and the planet.  In this episode, we discuss the simplicity of a non-scalpel out-patient vasectomy procedure, the statistics and stigma surrounding sterlization, and the need to reclaim the procedure for reproductive liberation and responsibility.
    ABOUT US
    The Overpopulation Podcast features enlightening conversations between Population Balance Executive Director Nandita Bajaj, cohost Alan Ware, and expert guests. We cover a broad variety of topics that explore the impacts of our expanding human footprint on human rights, animal protection, and environmental restoration, as well as individual and collective solutions. Find us here: Population Balance
    MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
    World Vasectomy Day Simple Vas Vasectomy Clinic Dr. Michel Labrecque, Quebec Interview with Dr. Li Shunqiang, the originator of no-scalpel vasectomy No-Scalpel Vasectomy International, Inc. - The Philippines Share Your Thoughts With Us Join Our Monthly Podcast Club Support this Podcast

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

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45 Ratings

45 Ratings

WooooF ,

MOST IMPORTANT MESSAGE TODAY

Climate Change is merely ONE SYMPTOM of the MUCH bigger problem of WAY too many people, consuming WAY too much!! We MUST END our relentless obsession with GROWTH (population &/or economic). Endless growth on our finite, dying planet is IMPOSSIBLE! ... 'not to mention a suicidal Ponzi scheme. My cynical side has given up on preserving the humans ... I'm much more concerned about the trillions of TOTALLY INNOCENT non-human lives that we are taking down with our endless greed & stupidity.

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Work and or kids

Love the show, and the topic. As a woman I strongly resent the fact that I have to work instead of have a family, or that I have to work at all. I have never been able to find fulfillment in work outside of my home, and I don’t think that’s my problem. It’s a societal problem. But I don’t see how it’s feasible financially or within the environment to have a traditional family, which is what I would rather have had in lieu of work. I don’t feel that it’s a fair trade off that now I’m forced to work and earn a living instead of create a home. I wish you’d discuss the women that don’t want to work outside the home more. How does she grapple with this conflict?

Bradmeiklejohn ,

The Big Picture

Thankfully, Dave Gardner and crew provide a welcome voice of calm, thoughtful context. Context is sorely lacking in the modern world as our left brain hemispheres fixate on small-ball minutiae. We are adrift in a sea of information without a paddle of wisdom.

It is stunning how many “smart” people fail to grasp the severity of human overpopulation. Am I worried that human society is going to collapse? No, not really, as we have an amazing capacity for engineering our way out of jams. But tigers, trogons, and trout, not so much.

“I love Man not the less, but Nature more,” said Lord Byron. I agree.

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