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Warnings about a population explosion are being pushed aside by the fact that America's birthrate is on the decline. Will that lead to economic disaster? What are the causes? What are the possible cures? We hear a debate that ranges from women's rights to immigration reform. Also, Will dropping Saturday mail save the US Postal Service? On Reporter's Notebook, General Stanley McChrystal on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Banner image: Christine TM

Producers:
Anna Scott
Evan George
Sonya Geis

Reporter's Notebook Fighting and Winning Wars in the 21st Century 12 MIN, 42 SEC

book.jpgTwo years ago, Four-Star General Stanley McChrystal resigned his command in Afghanistan after an article in Rolling Stone magazine quoted Mc Chrystal's aides criticizing President Obama. We talk with Mc Chrystal about his new book, My Share of the Task, about Iraq, Afghanistan and all things military.

Guests:
Stanley McChrystal, retired US Army General (@Gen_McChrystal)

My Share of the Task

General Stanley McChrystal

Making News Will Dropping Saturday Mail Save the US Postal Service? 7 MIN, 49 SEC

The US Post Office is taking another shot at ending first class mail delivery on Saturdays. The goal is to save $2 billion — after losing $15 billion last year. At a news conference this morning, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe attributed the loss to a steady decline in first class mail, as people increasingly pay their bills online. He conceded, "It's easy and it's free. You cannot beat free." Ed O'Keefe is congressional reporter for the Washington Post, where he contributes to the Federal Eye blog.

Guests:
Ed O'Keefe, Washington Post (@edatpost)

Main Topic Should Americans Be Having More Babies? 30 MIN, 50 SEC

In the late 1960's, Paul Ehrlich warned that a Population Bomb was creating so many people they wouldn't be able to feed themselves within 20 years. The new book, What to Expect When No One's Expecting, is claiming the opposite: the root of America's problems is that the birthrate's declining. That means too few workers to care for the elderly, innovate and keep the economy growing.  Is raising children just too expensive? Are liberated women working instead of staying home?  What about abortion and contraception? Debate about population raises a host of hot-button issues, including immigration reform. If we're not producing enough people, why not import them?

Guests:
Jonathan Last, Weekly Standard (@JVLast)
William Galston, Brookings Institution
Irin Carmon, Salon.com (@irincarmon)
Darrell West, Brookings Institution (@DarrWest)

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