Friday, June 09, 2006

No Kidding! 5th Annual Convention makes news

Weekend America is airing a radio segment on Saturday, June 10 covering this year's NK Festival in Toronto. (scroll to "featured in hour two") Find a station near you that is airing the segment - there are well over 100. Afterward, it will be podcast from the site.

No Kidding
There's a conference this weekend in Toronto called the "5th Annual Child-Free Festival." It's for people who don't have kids and are adamant about keeping it that way. Vincent and Laura Ciaccio will be there, as they have been for the past five years. Married and in their 20's, the two decided when they were dating that they didn't want to have children. Weekend America's Barbara Bogaev talks with them about their decision.

A Life Without Kids
Professor David Barash is not entirely surprised by people like Laura and Vincent, making the decision not to have kids. He's an evolutionary biologist who studies how living things reproduce. Barbara Bogaev and Bill Radke talk with him about free will and this latest trend against what some see as a biological imperative.
I'm not sure whether it will be apparent when the segment airs, but Vincent and I were 440 miles apart when taping. Interestingly, when we were first dating, we had a course together in undergrad that used Prof. Barash's textbook.

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