Why Do People Keep Having Children? (Rebroadcast)

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(Photo: Sergey Ivanov)

(Photo: Sergey Ivanov)

Season 6, Episode 6

First up: what are the factors that make a given person more or less likely to have children? And is the global population really going to double by the next century? Probably not.

And then: “That’s a great question!” You hear this phrase in all kinds of media interviews, during the Q&A portion of tech and academic conferences, and in ordinary meetings. Where did this ubiquitous reply come from? Is it a verbal tic, a strategic rejoinder, or something more? We talk to a linguist, a media consultant and master interviewer Charlie Rose about why it’s rare to come across an interview these days where at least one question isn’t a “great” one.

To find out more, check out the podcasts from which this hour was drawn: “Why Do People Keep Having Children?” and “That’s A Great Question!

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