PODCAST: Why Reproduction Matters

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Michelle Goldberg book - The Means of Reproduction

Michelle Goldberg talks about her award winning book, “The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power and the Future of the World,” as she exposes the global war on women’s reproductive rights and its disastrous and unreported consequences for the future of our world.

I wrote a book that came out in 2006 about religious fundamentalism in American politics. When I would talk about that book, people immediately understood what I meant. You know, even if they didn’t know the details, everybody knew that religious fundamentalism in American politics was a phenomenon that you could kind of summarize.

This book is about the global battle over reproductive rights. One of the things that I found while talking about it, and in fact one of the reasons I wrote it in the first place, is that nobody outside of people who work directly on these issues really knows what that even means. It’s international in scope. It’s actually quite profound and far-reaching in its effects on people’s lives. It involves all these fascinating characters and strange alliances.” – Michelle Goldberg, on her book, “The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power and the Future of the World”

Carnegie Council Podcasts

Producer: CNL – Carnegie New Leaders Program

Host: William C. Vocke Jr.

Guest: Michelle Goldberg

Date: 14 May, 2009

Length: 53:08 min

Background: Before she started writing books, Michelle Goldberg was a senior writer for Salon.com. Her work has also appeared in Glamour, Rolling Stone, The Nation , New York, The Guardian (UK) and The New Republic. She is a contributing editor at Religion Dispatches and a senior correspondent for the American Prospect, where she has recently started writing a bi-monthly web column about human rights and foreign policy. Goldberg has reported from countries including Uganda, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, India and Argentina. She has taught at NYU’s Graduate School of Journalism, lectured throughout the United States and in Europe, and has been interviewed on hundreds of radio shows, including Fresh Air with Terry Gross. When she’s not on the road, she spends as much time as possible in her Cobble Hill, Brooklyn neighborhood with her husband, Matthew Ipcar.


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