Wednesday 11 July

Matthew

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Part 1: Hellos & Menu

Parts 2 & 3: Population Crisis: Tax Big Families!
First up: it’s the UN’s World Population Day today when we’re supposed to consider ways of restricting our rampant rates of reproduction. So that’s what we’re going to do. Should we tax big families? Or restrict benefits for those who refuse to use contraception. What else could or should we do?

We’ll take plenty of calls on that before it’s over to Dan for the rest of today’s headlines.

Part 4: Today’s Papers

Part 5: Do Young Mums Breed Young Mums?
Our next phone in follows on nicely from our first as we ask if young mums tend to have kids who also become young parents? This follows that story yesterday about the woman who gave birth at 12 who wants her daughter to do the same. In some cultures that’s entirely normal, maybe in some social classes too there’s no stigma to having kids young. So do young mums breed young mums? And what about young dads?

Part 6: Does Redhead Dating Site Pander To Prejudice?
After that: Does a dating site for red heads and those who fancy them pander to prejudice? One in 10 of us are of the ginger persuasion and many experience some form of prejudice. The dating site removes some of that but at the same time doesn’t it also further isolate red heads from the rest of the population? And what about dating sites aimed at black or Jewish people?

Part 7: Paying For A Moment You’ve Never Had
And finally: Paying for a moment you’ve never actually had? Someone on the show tried to buy an autograph of their hero John McEnroe from a mate who refused to sell on the grounds that there’s no point shelling out for a moment you’ve never had. So are autograph and memorabilia collectors a bunch of saddos?

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