How many children should we have?

A look at art and religion in the 21st century and the moral argument to keep the birthrate low

How many children should we have?

"Children's Concert" by George Iakovidis, circa 1884-1890

With a growing global population the pool of available resources is becoming ever smaller as global warming worsens. In her new book, One Child, American philosopher Sarah Conly argues that, to reduce stress on the world and future generations, we should limit the amount of children we have and asks: do we have a right to more?

In the second half of the show Susan Cahill talks with Arron Rosen about his new study of the relationship between art and religion in the 21st century and how the two continue to be inextricably bound together.

 This week's music to read to,

Lessons by Simon Reich opens this week's show while Headphone Commute's Accidental (Piano Day) brings part one to a close. The show ends with Sophie Hutchings' Following Sea.