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"Retro Report" makes sense of the present by revealing the past. Celeste Headlee and Masud Olufani connect the present to the past with stories from Retro Report, and New Yorker humorist Andy Borowitz adds his signature wit.

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What Happened to the Population Bomb?

In the 1960s, fears of overpopulation sparked talk of population control. What happened?
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Episode 6

Public housing, the bubble boy, boxing, overpopulation and Borowitz on Space Force.
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The ZIP Code Advantage

A new approach to reducing poverty has its roots in a 1970s public housing experiment.
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A Life in a Bubble

The surprising medical legacy of David Vetter, the boy in the bubble.
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Hard Risks for Athletes

As concussions plague football, are there lessons from earlier concerns about boxing?
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Could a Simple Intervention Fight a Suicide Crisis?

An intervention to reduce suicides showed promise in the 60s, but was overlooked.
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Born by Surrogate: Pathways to Parenthood

Parenthood by surrogacy is accepted across the U.S., but it's not closely regulated.
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Reducing suicide; Baby M; Lead perils; climate help from Cold War science; Andy Borowitz.
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Lingering Peril From Paint

Half a million American children have high lead levels, but who should clean it up?
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Engineering Earth’s Climate?

Is geo-engineering the climate an answer to global warming?
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Infodemic: Global Conversations on Science and Misinformation

Disinformation Divide (Preview)

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Infodemic: Global Conversations on Science and Misinformation

Dousing Denial (Preview)

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Busting the Myths (Preview)

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E6: Science in the Face of Natural Disasters

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Halifax: Retribution

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The Latino Experience

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Agatha and the Curse of Ishtar

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Agatha and the Curse of Ishtar

Agatha Christie and Max Mallowan

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