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1A is home to the national conversation. The show frames the best debates with great guests in ways to make you think, share and engage.

    Baby Bust: Explaining The Declining U.S. Birth Rate

    Baby Bust: Explaining The Declining U.S. Birth Rate

    According to the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. birthrate fell by 4 percent in 2020 — hitting a record low. People are having fewer children than the 2.1 needed to maintain a steady population. That's been true for years across all domestic communities.

    Researchers are still trying to figure out exactly why people want fewer children. Others are finding that even if they wanted more children, a rise in infertility that a lot harder.

    Why is the birth rate in the U.S. right now so low? And if we can find ways to encourage people to have more children, should we?

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    • 30 min
    The News Roundup for July 23, 2021

    The News Roundup for July 23, 2021

    The Delta variant is ripping its way through the United States, where it now accounts for 83 percent of new U.S. Covid-19 cases.

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two Republican selections for the bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection. And a federal judge in Texas ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is unlawful and suspended new applicants to the program.

    Meanwhile, as disasters strike around the world, calls for action on climate change intensify. Record-breaking floods have left dozens dead in China, at least 197 dead in Germany and Belgium, and roughly 4,000 displaced in Nigeria.

    We cover all this and more during this week's News Roundup.

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    As Extreme Weather Becomes Common, Can We Adapt?

    As Extreme Weather Becomes Common, Can We Adapt?

    Extreme weather has dominated headlines for most of 2021. Fires, floods, droughts, and record-shattering heatwaves have swept over the U.S. and the world.

    The United States has already spent $29 billion fighting extreme weather events in the first six months of the year. That number is expected to only go up.

    Both climate scientists and disaster researchers say the growing frequency of climate-related disasters shouldn't shock anybody. And there's still a lot we can do to prepare and adapt... if we're willing to actually do any of it.

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    The Rise Of The Four-Day Work Week

    The Rise Of The Four-Day Work Week

    In early 2021, the CEO of the crowdfunding website Kickstarter, Aziz Hasan, announced that the company will be piloting a four-day work week in 2022. The schedule consists of 32 working hours per week rather than 40.

    But a growing number of companies have already successfully moved to a four-day week and the pandemic has accelerated the movement.

    But is a four-day work week possible for every type of workplace? What would it take for the idea to really catch on? We discuss all that and more.

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    • 29 min
    Branson, Bezos, And The Billionaires: The Future Of Space Tourism

    Branson, Bezos, And The Billionaires: The Future Of Space Tourism

    Jeff Bezos successfully completed Blue Origins' first ride to the edge of space. It's a clear milestone in the Amazon founder's long-held desire to reach the final frontier. It's just about a week after British billionaire Richard Branson did the same.

    But for those without billions, a trip aboard these kinds of flights could break the bank. Regardless, these companies are hoping these flights might kickstart interest in the space tourism industry for the future.

    Is space tourism something we terrestrials are interested in? And even if we are, should we be? We get to all that and more.

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    • 30 min
    How The Expanded Child Tax Credit Could Cut Childhood Poverty In Half

    How The Expanded Child Tax Credit Could Cut Childhood Poverty In Half

    In early 2021, Congress voted to temporarily expand the child tax credit, opting to send monthly payments to more families. The first payments rolled out last week.

    Families received between $250 to $300 per child, depending on that child's age. Some estimates say that money could cut child poverty in half if they can reach every family eligible.

    How does that tax credit change raising a family in America? And what does the future of the program look like? We discuss all this and more.

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    • 28 min

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