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New Legacy Radio is a social justice platform to increase the visibility of our collective community, and to discuss the changes we seek around the marginalization and oppression of our diverse community.

New Legacy Radio is a social justice platform to increase the visibility of our collective community, and to discuss the changes we seek around the marginalization and oppression of our diverse community.


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New Legacy Radio is a social justice platform to increase the visibility of our collective community, and to discuss the changes we seek around the marginalization and oppression of our diverse community.




Encore The Practice & Reproductive Impact of Female Genital Mutilation

The reasons for someone not having a child, by choice, chance or circumstance, are varied and vast. For some females, it is known early in their lives that a given medical diagnosis will determine their fertility, and for others, it may be undefined infertility later in life, or even the unforeseen consequences of cultural practices, which lead to not having children. Some of the topics we have discussed to date on New Legacy Radio are still often deemed to be taboo; from childlessness, to...


Women’s Collective Power: Generational Advocacy & Opportunities

How does pronatalism impede the collective power of women? Why does this remain a missing, mainstream conversation, and what does it mean for next generation advocacy? In this episode, we discuss the ways in which women can be biased again other women, and in particular, our complicity at the intersection of womanhood and mothering. What are the intergenerational issues and opportunities that can move us toward our collective power? Join us as we explore these questions and more with Kate...


Demographics, Planning & Policy: The Childfree Population Factor

People without children remain a largely invisible, excluded population, socially and economically. Despite the growth in the number of people without children, ranging from 20%-30% globally, statistics and policy consideration to meet the needs and realities of our community remain outside the mainstream. This is particularly true in academic research, social and economic planning, and policy development. Today, we will be in conversation with Dr. Zachary Neal, an associate professor of...


Childfree Communication Challenges & Access to Sterilization

On today’s episode, we are going to discuss access to sterilization for those who choose not to have children, and the obstacles and discrimination they face, around personal agency and choice. Our guest today is Dr. Elizabeth Hintz, who has done extensive research on this topic. We will examine the extreme differences in access to permanent contraception by those who can become pregnant and those seeking vasectomies, and discuss how the post Roe v Wade (Dobbs) ruling continues to impact...


Encore 2022 World Childless Week: Community Visibility & Celebration

Today’s guest is Stephanie Joy Phillips, the founder of World Childless Week. Stephanie is childless not by choice (CNBC) and will share with us her motivation for launching World Childless Week, and the work that she does year-round in the same space. Today we will discuss the focus of this year’s World Childless Week, which both acknowledges and share the stories of those who are childless, and delves into a variety of topics, which directly affect our lives. We will also touch on the need...


Encore What Does it Mean to be Childless in a Child-Centered Society?

In our premiere episode, we will discuss the experience of being involuntarily childless in a pronatalist world, through personal experiences, and the need for change. Our guest for this episode is Hilary Fennell. Hilary is an award-winning programme maker and journalist with extensive experience of working in television and radio as a series producer and director. In her ground-breaking radio documentary, Childless, Hilary Fennell explores the realities and dynamics of being involuntarily...


Encore The Experience & Impact of Male Involuntary Childlessness

In the majority of countries, fertility statistics are most often measured by the reproductive experiences of women, exclusively. At least 1 in 5 women reach age 45, without having a child in the UK. This statistic is similarly reflected in several other countries, and is either higher or growing in others. What might this number look like, if we were to track people of all gender expressions, who do not have children, whether by choice, chance or circumstance? What do we really know about...


Recognizing Dimensions of the Global Impact of Pronatalism

We often discuss the personal aspects of pronatalism, both in the community of people without children and on this show. We also look at how we are impacted in our everyday environments, such as the workplace. What comes to mind when you consider the global impact of pronatalism? In this episode, we will explore the greater dimensions of pronatalism, including social stigma, reproductive autonomy and responsibility, and ecological perspectives. We will also speak to population pressures and...


Encore Inclusion in Crises: Women & Children First & The Next Great Fire

Today, we are honored to have Donna Ward as our guest. Donna is the author “She I Dare Not Name: A Spinster’s Meditations on Life”, her memoir, which was published in 2020. From the use of the term “spinster” and its origins, to the lifelong contemplation of crises and the prioritization of lives, we will discuss a range of topics from her touching and impactful essays and life reflections. We will address the support of single people in catastrophic events from climate change, fires and...


Encore What is Needed to Create a Culture of Belonging in the Workplace?

People without children, as a collective community, have yet to be recognized as a marginalized group, within the framework of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB). How do we begin to imagine the experience of truly belonging in the environments we work, and beyond? What does it mean when organizations focus on only specific aspects within the spectrum of DEIB frameworks? ‘Diversity’ and ‘Inclusion’ seem to be most often used in naming such initiatives, leaving ‘Equity’ and...


Encore The Representation of Childfree Women in Film & Television

July 26th In recognition of International Childfree Day, we will air an encore of our conversation with award-winning childfree filmmaker, Therese Shechter. From July 29-August 1, you will be able to stream (globally) her incredible film, My So-Called Selfish Life! For tickets and more information visit: International Childfree Day is celebrated annually on 1 August! This was originally established in 1973, by the Alliance for Optional Parenthood, and was called...


The Impact of Roe v. Wade for Reproductive Freedom and Beyond

How does the overturning of Roe v. Wade demonstrate the control and devaluation of those who are and may be impacted by pregnancy? What is at risk beyond abortion rights and access in the United States, and what is the global impact of this decision, as precedent? Today, we are deeply honored to be in conversation with Karen Mulhauser. She is the first National Executive Director of the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), now known as NARAL Pro-Choice America. From 1970-73, she...


What Does Workplace Inclusion Mean for People Without Children?

People without children remain an unrecognized diversity group in the workplace and beyond. How do we begin to imagine the experience of truly inclusive organizational cultures and acknowledgement in the environments we work? What does employment equity for people without children look like? Today we will speak with Dr. Erin Conner, Co-founder and Vice President of Inclusion Design Group, recognized as a leading DEI firm. We will have an in-depth conversation with Dr. Conner about the...


Encore Foundations of Our Movement: Childfree-Parenthood-by Choice

Our focus for this episode, will be on the origins of the childfree-parenthood-by-choice movement, the fight against pronatalism in the United States, and where we are today. Pronatalist culture, policy and language continues to permeate within personal relationships, across cultures, in the workplace, and through media and entertainment narratives. How do we become fully acknowledged as a diverse community of people who comprise approximately 25% of the overall population? Today we will...


2022 Childfree Convention & The Value of Childfree Representation

Today’s guests are LeNora Faye and Cody Hetzel, two of the three co-founders of Childfree Convention. Jared Hansen is the other co-founder. All three are visible advocates for those who are childfree, through their individual public and private platforms, and their collective work as co-founder. They are creators of content, conversation and connection that brings childfree people together, while engaging meaningful conversations for change. Today we will discuss the breadth of the Childfree...


Encore The Little Known Realities of the IVF Industry & What We Need Now

In today’s episode, we will discuss the history of the IVF industry, and its latest strategies for expanding its market reach and services. This 44-year-old for-profit industry is estimated to reach to $37 billion dollars globally by 2027. It has done a masterful job positioning itself as a ‘cure’ for infertility and, more recently, selling the ‘promise’ of future family through egg freezing and other third-party services. The hope sale is central to its business model. Pamela Mahoney...


Why Does Dismantling Pronatalism Even Matter?

Excluded from policy measures and absent in DEI frameworks, even where laws and policies are designed to prevent discrimination based on family status, pronatalism is so deeply engrained in our social, professional and systemic psyches, that its impact remains unacknowledged. As a result, non-parents remain invisible, while navigating daily and life-long experiences of exclusion and inequity. From our own internalized patriarchal, pronatalist influences, to the ways we continue to cope and...


Encore: The Inclusion of Nonparents: Critical, Universal, and Overlooked

In today’s episode we recognize the founding and evolution of The NotMom -- its blog, social networks, and events for women without children by choice or by chance. We are happy to join the celebration of The NotMom’s upcoming 10th anniversary. We have previously discussed on the show the importance of how to come together as a collective community, engaging both childless and childfree community spaces, to influence changes in the workplace and public policy. Today, we will hear from the...


Encore: Building a Childfree + Childless Movement for Meaningful Change

With more than two decades of activism, writing and wisdom, focused on the childfree choice, Laura Carroll will share insight around her journey, and the evolution of the childfree movement. She will also discuss her recently published longitudinal research, which followed 25 women over a decade. In this episode, we will discuss the need to find ways to best bring together the childfree and childless communities, to build a shared movement for meaningful change. New Legacy Institute...


Childlessness: From the Therapy Room to the Policy Arena

What does the grief process look like for those who are childless? In what ways does the experience of childless impact people in their everyday lives and in the workplace? Today we will learn more from two therapists, about the childless experience. Judy Graham and Sarah Roberts will share their experiences of childlessness, and their unique approach, as grief therapists, who serve childless women. They have worked collaboratively to identify similar threads, related to the social and...