Perfect Pregnancy, Cribsheet, Immunity, Public Domain

Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode 341

  • Jan 16, 2020 7:00 pm
  • 1:41:06 mins

Pregnancy Myths Guest: Lara Freidenfelds, writer, blogger and historian of health, reproduction and parenting; author, "The Myth of the Perfect Pregnancy: A History of Miscarriage in America" Freidenfelds claims we ought to temper our expectations of pregnancy and accept that early pregnancy loss is a natural part of healthy women's childbearing. Let's Debunk Some Baby Myths Guest: Emily Oster, Associate Professor, Economics, Brown University, and author, "Cribsheet, A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting From Birth to Preschool" This economics professor combs the data and encourages parents to relax and not worry too much about what "experts" say.  How to Get Your Teens to Listen to Your Stories? Guest: Sam Payne, host, The Apple Seed, BYUradio Want your teens to listen to your stories? Tell them stories about themselves.  Immune Memory Guest: Michael Mina, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Immunology, Harvard School of Public Health, and physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School  Besides the dangers measles poses in and of itself, turns out that the disease can also erase the "memory" of its victims immune systems, leaving them vulnerable to other diseases they previously had immunity to.  The Future of Autonomous Robots Guest: Robert Shepherd, Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University An innovative way of approaching robot design led to a unique solution for more compact energy storage in robots, and a robot-fish that can power itself! What's Free to Use in 2020? Guest: Jennifer Jenkins, Director, Center for the Study of the Public Domain, Duke University What is available in the public domain in 2020? "Rhapsody in Blue" and some A. A. Milne, for starters.