Tools & Technology

Babies on Demand: Reproduction in a Technological Age

In 1800 the American women had seven or eight children on average. Today 35% of American women have two. How did this happen?

Episode 193 | November 18, 2014

This episode of Distillations explores the role technology has played in reproduction, and how it has affected the ethical and moral landscape that surrounds it.

First, reporter Allison Quantz talks to her sister to find out what she plans to do with her extra frozen embryos. Along the way Quantz learns that there are more than one million frozen embryos in the United States with similar uncertain futures.

Then we talk with Deanna Day, a historian of medicine and technology, and Lara Freidenfelds, a historian who writes about women’s health, sex, and reproduction in America.


Hosts: Michal Meyer and Bob Kenworthy
Guests: Deanna Day and Lara Freidenfelds
Reporter: Allison Quantz
Producer and Editor: Mariel Carr
Music: Courtesy of Audio Network and the Free Music Archive