Jessica Kibblewhite grew up the daughter of an astronomer. Her dad, Edward Kibblewhite, invented, among other things, a system that allows scientists to take clearer pictures of stars.
Given his background, Jessica asked him for help finding clarity on a different subject: starting a family.
The world, Jessica told Edward at StoryCorps last October, seemed like an especially difficult place, and she and her husband had been struggling with the idea of bringing children into it.
She felt scared for the future.
Edward, now 75, asks her what the alternative is.