Season 8, Episode 41

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Letting a baby “cry it out” when it’s time to sleep is controversial, but sleep training has been shown to reduce maternal depression. (Photo: Franklin/Flickr)

Humans have been having kids forever, so why are modern parents so bewildered? The economist Emily Oster marshals the evidence on the most contentious topics — breastfeeding and sleep training, vaccines and screen time — and tells her fellow parents to calm the heck down.

To find out more, check out the podcast from which this hour was drawn: “The Data-Driven Guide to Sane Parenting.”