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23andMe (and You, and Everyone Else) (Ep.378)

The MIT Technology Review predicts that by 2021, more than 100 million people will be part of commercial genetic databases. (Photo: Cain/Getty) The revolution in home DNA testing is giving consumers important, possibly life-changing information. It’s also building a gigantic database that could lead to medical breakthroughs. But how will …

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The $1.5 Trillion Question: How to Fix Student-Loan Debt? (Ep. 377)

Roughly 45 million Americans have student-loan debt. Of those who graduate from a public, four-year university, nearly 60 percent have debt, with an average of more than $27,000. (Photo: Mark Simons/Purdue University) As the cost of college skyrocketed, it created a debt burden that’s putting a drag on the economy. …

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The Data-Driven Guide to Sane Parenting (Ep. 376)

Sleep-training a baby is controversial, but it has been shown to reduce maternal depression. (Photo: Franklin/Flickr) Humans have been having kids forever, so why are modern parents so bewildered? The economist Emily Oster marshals the evidence on the most contentious topics — breastfeeding and sleep training, vaccines and screen time …

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