Throwing recent rank punditry onto the back burner, Jonah speaks with his AEI colleague and UVA Professor Brad Wilcox, whose memory for statistics crashed over us in a refreshing wave of sheer competency. Tune in for a discussion of marriage, the concept of “family diversity,” and the three things Brad would do if he suddenly became Czar of America.

Show Notes:

Brad’s page at AEI

Nicholas Christakis’ most recent book

Kevin E. Stuart on his baseball studies

Most NBA players grew up in a two-parent household

Brad Wilcox on elites not preaching what they practice

Ross Douthat on, among other things, liberalism’s method of undercutting the married-parent household

Some of Brad’s work on marriage vs. cohabitation

The Disparate Effects of Family Structure

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  1. Charlotte Member
    CharlotteJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Ooh, I like Brad Wilcox a lot. Looking forward to listening to this episode.

    @blueyeti or @ejhill, will episode #242 (Mellifluous and Euphonious Ramblings) be posted on Ricochet? It showed up in my Apple podcast feed but I don’t see it here. Thanks!

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    • August 11, 2020, at 7:00 AM PDT
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  2. Jeff Hawkins Coolidge

    Young black youths generally don’t gravitate to baseball because it takes numerous people and pieces of equipment to play, and a field.

    You don’t need friends to learn basketball. You just need a ball and a couple of people for football as well. Baseball involves avoiding breaking things too. Doesn’t do well in urban environments

    Wahoowa to Professor Wilcox

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    • August 11, 2020, at 7:10 PM PDT
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  3. kedavis Member

    Again, confusing correlation with causation. Why does Jonah pick these guests?

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    • August 16, 2020, at 4:43 PM PDT
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  4. kedavis Member

    The idea that marriage “stabilizing” at about 25% is a good thing, is loony. If you rely on 25% of people to form married couples and have children, that means to maintain a stable population – just staying even, not growing over time! – requires those 2 people out of 8, to have EIGHT CHILDREN to replace all 8 of the people they represent.

    If you have one married couple out of any 8 people – 25% – getting married and having children, if they only have 2 children or even less, you have a population that spirals down very quickly over time.

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    • August 16, 2020, at 5:36 PM PDT
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