Episode 73: Brave New Worlds

Image uploaded to Flickr by Kshort1.

Image uploaded to Flickr by Kshort1.

Birth, once nature’s miracle, is increasingly manipulated by humans and regulated by society. In this week’s episode we look at a range of reproductive technologies and the implications of their use. First we look at the herbal fertility treatments women used hundreds of years ago. Then our host, Meir Rinde, speaks with University of Pennsylvania doctoral candidate Joanna Radin about a trend catching on with new moms: cord-blood banking. Finally, CHF’s Erica Stefanovich explores the dark side of these technologies as described in classic dystopian literature. Chemical Agent: Luteinizing Hormone.

Show Clock

00:00 Opening Credits
00:30 Introduction
01:16 Chemical Agent: Luteinizing Hormone
03:54 Conversation with Joanna Radin
09:01 Review: Reproduction in Dystopian Novels
11:39 Closing Credits


This show was written and researched by Erica Stefanovich and Hilary Domush.

Our theme music is composed by Dave Kaufman. Additional music from the PodSafe Music Network. Additional music includes “Brave Heart,” by Sonic Mystery, “Before Beauty,” by Secret Archives of the Vatican, and “love hides in familiar places,” by lacunae.

This week’s image was uploaded to Flickr by Kshort1.

Posted In: Medicine | Society | Technology

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