Marilyn Brookwood

The Davenport Orphans

Constant Wonder BYUradio

by Marilyn Brookwood

October 14, 2021

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At the turn of the 20th century, eugenists dominated popular thought and political actions. But researchers in Davenport, Iowa suspected that there was more to intelligence than just genetics — environment had to play a role.”
- from the segment details of The Davenport Orphans” from Constant Wonder.

The Davenport Orphans” segment of the BYO Radio show Constant Wonder aired October 14th, 2021. Host Marcus Smith sat down with guest, psychologist and author Marilyn Brookwood to discuss her book The Orphans of Davenport: Eugenics, the Great Depression, and the War over Children’s Intelligence.

A note from the author: It was an absolute pleasure to talk to Marcus about Orphans of Davenport. His insightful reading and compassionate questions made for an excellent interview in the moment and a wonderful listen afterwards. I cannot thank Marcus enough.

Interview duration 42:43