By Joe Fruchey

A new book by Annie Murphy Paul is generating lots of talk. The title pretty much tells the story: Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives. On September 30th, the Diane Rehm Show hosted the author and Janet DiPietro, associate dean for research and professor in the Department of Population, Family & Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. On Sunday, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristoff also tackled the subject in an op-ed titled, “At Risk From the Womb.” Both are fascinating conversations about how what happens in the womb may have long lasting affects. Kristoff write, “Perhaps the most striking finding is that a stressful uterine environment may be a mechanism that allows poverty to replicate itself generation after generation.” 

Listen to the Diane Rehm Show

Download “At Risk From the Womb.”


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