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Donor 9623: Part One

By: Dov Fox
Narrated by: Dov Fox
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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

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About the Creator- Dov Fox

About the Creator and Performer

Dov Fox is the Herzog Research Professor of Law at the University of San Diego, where he founded and directs the Center for Health Law Policy & Bioethics. Named professor of the year for both teaching excellence and outstanding scholarship, he also holds the university’s highest academic honor bestowed on faculty in any field. Fox’s articles have been published in leading journals of law (e.g., Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal), medicine (e.g., New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association), and public health (e.g., Foreign Affairs, American Journal of Public Health). His work has also been featured in major newspapers (e.g., New York Times, Wall Street Journal), magazines (e.g., The Atlantic, The Economist), and television programs (e.g., CBS This Morning, NBC Today Show). Part One of his original series Donor 9623 was named Audible’s #1 podcast of 2020 and submitted for a Pulitzer Prize in investigative journalism. Fox’s latest book, Birth Rights and Wrongs: How Medicine and Technology are Remaking Reproduction and the Law, was published by Oxford University Press. His next book is The Conscience of Care: Policing the Boundaries of Health in Post-Roe America.

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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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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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Great content.

Well done. Fascinating. Thought provoking. Content doesn't really get much better than this. I thought once I knew the premise I didn't need to listen, but this is well done and worth a listen.

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Fascinating

I thought I knew the story and where it was going. I was right, but I was also wrong. Intriguing, balanced, and important in this time of many reproductive possibilities. Thank you to the families, Dov Fox, and finally, to Chris.

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Cringeworthy and Bingeworthy

I couldn't stop listening to this once I started.
Wow, I had no idea how little this procedure is regulated. I was absolutely shocked listening.
Very thought provoking and also very sad.

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Eye-Opening!

The lack of oversight is appalling. I'm not sure that I am one who would use donor sperm, but if I were in the position of the parents who did and later found out my child may have a genetic disposition to mental health issues, I WOULD BE LIVID.

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Great lessons to be learned

The journalist was very sensitive and compassionate in his digging into this story and did great reserving judgement. This story puts a spotlight on the inner workings of the sperm donor industry and brings up important questions and lessons for them and other medical professions. A great reminder to hold tightly to empathy and kindness. The perspectives are enlightening and the resolution of Chris’ story was touching.

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Very Good.

Very good series. My only criticism is that it felt like it could have been a little shorter. Occasionally, it felt like things were being repeated over and over again. But that is a pretty minor criticism. Again, very good podcast.

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This listen is not what you may expect

What a good job the journalist did in allowing his audience to see that everyone connected were complex, real human beings-- and do so with great clarity and compassion.

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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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