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Episodes
  • Episode 1

    Aug 31 2020
    A family struggles with a troubled son, who makes a startling discovery about his biological father, opening up a world of deceit.
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    20 mins
  • Episode 2

    Aug 31 2020
    Moms around the world join forces to uncover the real identity of the anonymous man they all chose to have a child with, learning that scores of others out there used the same donor.
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    27 mins
  • Episode 3

    Aug 31 2020
    Disturbing new details emerge from the moms’ quest for the truth. How could this deception go undetected for so long? And what did the sperm bank know? Its former CEO weighs in
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    26 mins

About the Creator and Performer

Dov Fox is a law professor and endowed scholar at the University of San Diego, where he directs the Center for Health Law Policy & Bioethics. His research examines the legal dimensions of genetic privacy, translational medicine, and cognitive neuroscience. Fox's 2019 book, Birth Rights and Wrongs, was a finalist for several national book awards. His op-eds have appeared in Vox, Slate, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Fox has provided on-air analysis for CNN, NPR, CBS This Morning, NBC Nightly News, and The Today Show. He has published scholarly articles in leading journals of law (e.g., Yale Law Journal, Columbia Law Review), medicine (e.g., New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association), and bioethics (e.g., Journal of Medical Ethics, American Journal of Bioethics). Fox graduated from Harvard College, Yale Law School, and the University of Oxford, where he received a doctorate in political philosophy as a Rhodes scholar.

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Fascinating series.

I had absolutely no idea the complexity of sperm donation(s). This series dives into and breaks down many prospectives: families, children, donor, lawyers, as well as the business. Interviews are very respectful and does not necessarily vilify any particular person or entity. After listening to the entire series, I don't think there was any initial ill intent by any person or persons regardless of where they stood. Very emotional and curious to know what the future may hold for all affected.

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Very interesting and well told

Fascinating industry with astonishing opportunities to help and hurt. An unfortunate example of capitalism gone wrong.

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Binged whole story

Very interesting. Will have you hooked. You will sympathize for the people involved and it will make you think about the way you look at mental health stigmas.

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Informative and Touching

This was so informative. I loved how the author presented multiple sides to this story. I highly recommend listening to this podcast, especially if you are considering Artificial Reproduction Technology (ART). It really made me consider how sperm and egg donor companies are more concerned about profit than actually helping people at what could be one of the most vulnerable times of their lives.

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What a story!

I was interested in this as 20 years ago I too was a customer at an LA sperm bank. We looked through the catalog and picked what we thought was a great donor. I had 2 inseminations and the 2nd one took. We were thrilled. I ended up having a miscarriage and now I’m relieved. We adopted a baby girl who was actually a relative Of my now ex-husbands. Even with adoption you’re getting someone else’s genes and could very well end up dealing with mental illness. We are as depression and anxiety run in the family so we are doing everything we can as parents to help our daughter. It’s called unconditional love.

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I played all 8 episodes in one sitting

Astonishing. It's a story about secrets, ethics and an opportunist. I appreciate that the book did not try to tell the story in one note. Instead, it tells a messy, complicated, well-researched tale and forces the reader to navel-gaze about the deeply human consequences of the systems we allow to serve vulnerable parents, the companies that profit, and fraudsters who abuse the system because it is, by design, meant to harbor secrets. And ultimately, it asks what we can or should do to thwart those opportunists when the "consequence" is a beautiful human, albeit one that is "different" than promised. Provocative and moving.

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Binge-Worthy

This is an excellent telling of a buyer beware sperm donor saga. I listened to all in one sitting. Felt for all parties involved and now know a lot more about the unsavory business of donor programs as profit machines along with the lack of regulations that go along with the business. Thank you Dov Fox for the enlightening expose.

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Enthralling!

Prepare to be amazed, outraged, entertained and ultimately touched by the business of making humans.

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Great investigative podcast

After this podcast I’m will be picking up his book to read more on birth rights and wrongs. He also did a great job at keeping me hooked and on topic.

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Profound and informative

I really enjoyed this podcast. It's a drama with a stranger than fiction plotline, and the last episode in particular was profound.

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