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DONOR 9623

When scores of aspiring parents turned to the fertility industry to start families, they chose a remarkable young man to be the biological father of their children. He was a music prodigy and gifted athlete who had a genius IQ, movie star looks, and perfect health.

Except it was all a lie.

In this tour de force of investigative reporting, host Dov Fox unravels the case of Donor 9623, examining the complex forces and competing agendas behind the biggest reproductive hoax of our time. The story is dark, propulsive - and in an unexpected turn - hopeful. This Audible Original exposes the billion-dollar industry that creates hundreds of thousands of babies every year, through unprecedented access to its key players - and to Donor 9623 himself.

The 8-episode series raises hard questions about what we want when we set out to have kids - and what happens when we don’t get it. It places us in the grip of life lived with crushing uncertainty. And unsettles our deepest understanding of what it means to be human.

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©2020 Dov Fox (P)2020 Audible Original

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Instant classic

I listen to a LOT of podcasts, and this is up there with the very best audible originals like West Cork & Evil Has a Name, and free-to-air classics such as S-Town & Serial.
A compelling & complex story, teased out beautifully.

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give us a break, not this guy!

Fascinating story of what can go wrong in trying to become a parent outside of the usual "natural order" (cringe). One mentally ill man and one exceedingly greedy company perpetrate fraud fraud after fraud which has far reaching ramifications, not just on one person and their immediate families, but potentially on the genepool as a whole! That the central figure in this story was always cast in an attempt at a sympathetic light flabbergasted me. Insurance companies screw individuals over and refuse to pay out compensation for "pre-existing" conditions, but one seriously deluded individual can pass such a serious pre-existing condition on, and we're all supposed to be OK with that? In the words of Sherlock Holmes, it's a case of heads I win, tails you lose, in favour of the system. Victims of this repeated fraud had their case thrown out of court, because of a theoretical link to a-b-o-r-t-i-o-n. These poor people are denied justice and saddled with huge medical bills, but we're supposed to feel empathy for a selfish schizophrenic because of his messiah complex? You can't have it both ways- people have the right to know if any potential issues! Legally, caveat emptor does not apply - the vendor in post industrial revolution society is under an obligation to provide a functioning product (caveat venditor). The seller purposely misrepresented the product - this is FRAUD, case closed! Don't bother hectoring us with "donor 9623 is just an imperfect human being" - he sold himself as superman! His poor biological offspring have the sword of Damocles hanging over their heads for their whole lives. Shut down sperm banks and introduce regulation and monitoring - this current setup is a nightmare that will cause untold horrors for future generations. We should have sympathy for the children here, not the irresponsible sick father.

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A good listen,

This podcast has a double edge sword, one, your so happy that people were able to bring life into the world for their much longed for children, the other to be deceived by the donor and worry the children they so desperately craved may go through the pain of having a mental illness which is not a life sentence but could make their future more difficult if not treated correctly.
I’m glad the donor found peace as well as the families.

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insightful

excellent podcast. I thought I had made up my mind until the last episode. recommended.

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Asensible umbiased delivery of a sensitive subject

This was a good listen, thank you.
The narrator had good depth to his voice

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Very Interesting Story

I thought the subject was fascinating. Unbelievable that sperm banks do not have to verify applications from donors! Objectively told and so good to hear the donors side of the story as well.

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Fascinating story, done well

A good podcast was produced with the content he had available. Really interesting story. its annoying how the episodes aren't in order

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Fascinating and thought provoking

I had to listen to all these episodes back to back as I was so gripped by the subject and the issues as presented by Dov Fox. As each episode went on my thoughts and opinions changed and became more complicated. It’s left me with so many questions about the nature of the self and the morality of big business. Listen and you decide.

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Bingeworthy !

Excellent podcast! Very well made , story was fascinating - all the episodes were great but the last one specifically was the perfect ending to the story.

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Worth the listen for curiosity sake

Anyone thinking of IVF through a sperm bank, it's required listening! The shortcomings of an industry highlighted through one case study, which will leave you wondering as to how it happened and is it really that terrible a thing that it has. Live and let live. Yet the industry requires more regulatory input, that seems obvious. Raises questions