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What to Expect When No One's Expecting

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Monday, be prepared for a challenge to the conventional wisdom on worldwide population problems. Our guest is the conservative journalist Jonathan Last, who's worried we're not having enough babies. Fertility rates have been dropping for decades with some quirky results: adult diapers are out-selling baby diapers in Japan and in America, pets now outnumber children more than four to one. We'll reach a population peak in about 85 years, but after that, Last says we'll begin an inexorable decline that could have serious consequences. He joins us to talk about what he thinks we can expect when no one's expecting.

Jonathan V. Last is a senior writer at the conservative magazine The Weekly Standard. His book is called What to Expect When No One's Expecting. [Amazon/ Indiebound]

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.