10 episodes

What happens after a doctor uses his own sperm to impregnate his patients?

Sick is an investigative podcast about what goes wrong in the places meant to keep us healthy. Award-winning journalists Jake Harper and Lauren Bavis dig deep to share shocking personal stories of medical injustices, and hold accountable the people and institutions meant to care for us.

Sick's first season explores the complications of fertility medicine, one Indiana doctor’s abuse of power, and the generations of lives he affected.

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    • True Crime
    • 4.8, 31 Ratings

What happens after a doctor uses his own sperm to impregnate his patients?

Sick is an investigative podcast about what goes wrong in the places meant to keep us healthy. Award-winning journalists Jake Harper and Lauren Bavis dig deep to share shocking personal stories of medical injustices, and hold accountable the people and institutions meant to care for us.

Sick's first season explores the complications of fertility medicine, one Indiana doctor’s abuse of power, and the generations of lives he affected.

    Update: An Appointment With Dr. Cline

    Update: An Appointment With Dr. Cline

    In 1972, Cline impregnated a patient with his own sperm, maybe for the first time. The Farber twins are the oldest known Cline siblings. When one of them needed a fertility doctor, she went to the best. 

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    • 16 min
    Idiot’s Guide

    Idiot’s Guide

    For the families connected to Donald Cline, this is a story with no end in sight.

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    • 26 min
    Right In His Own Eyes

    Right In His Own Eyes

    Cline’s deception goes deeper than replacing anonymous donor sperm. But bringing him to justice isn’t easy.

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    • 29 min
    Why Would We Stop Now?

    Why Would We Stop Now?

    Heather Woock navigates modern fertility treatment. Could what Cline did happen today?

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    • 30 min
    Sparingly

    Sparingly

    Donald Cline explains himself. 

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    • 28 min
    Lone Ranger

    Lone Ranger

    Donald Cline still doesn’t come clean at a face-to-face meeting with the siblings, which leads to more questions. Did he ever use any sperm donors in the ‘70s and ‘80s?

    We tracked down some people who were there.

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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

alicesophie01 ,

Binged this in a weekend!

The story is one I’d heard of before, but the way it was told was so engrossing and well told, I loved it!

jonathanshanks ,

Looking forward to season 2

This is a great piece of journalism. Loved how it unfolded. Just a shame there wasn’t more justice served at Dr Cline. Looking forward to the next season.

BethanyAnn1403 ,

Excellent & heartfelt reporting

An interesting story, great production and sensitively told. The research and dedication of the team who made this podcast if much appreciated. Would love any follow up series!

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