36 episodes

Welcome to Half of Us - the second chapter of the original groundbreaking podcast Half of Me. In this new chapter, join Ally, Jeremy, Meg and Shannon as they talk about what it's like to be donor conceived half siblings that met in their twenties. They'll talk about genetics, nature vs. nurture, and redefining family. Archived Half of Me episodes will still live on in this podcast stream.

Half of Us Ally, Jeremy, Meg, Shannon

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 93 Ratings

Welcome to Half of Us - the second chapter of the original groundbreaking podcast Half of Me. In this new chapter, join Ally, Jeremy, Meg and Shannon as they talk about what it's like to be donor conceived half siblings that met in their twenties. They'll talk about genetics, nature vs. nurture, and redefining family. Archived Half of Me episodes will still live on in this podcast stream.

    Elly - A 66 Year Old Secret

    Elly - A 66 Year Old Secret

    Elly lived sixty-six years of her life without know that her parents used a "DNA Contributor" to have her, back in the days before sperm donation was publicized as a viable option for couples facing infertility.

    Listen as Elly talks about her discovery, her DNA Contributor, and how her understanding of family has shifted.

    Follow us on Instagram and TikTok. Email us at halfofuspod@gmail.com

    Music by Wizard of Loneliness, Courtesy of Halcyon Tapes

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Husbands

    Husbands

    Ally and Shannon's husbands, Jesse and Casey, join the siblings in this episode. Hear their perspectives about watching their wives learn that they are donor conceived, offer advice for others in their shoes, and talk about jealousy!

    Follow us on Instagram and TikTok. Email us at halfofuspod@gmail.com

    Music by Wizard of Loneliness, Courtesy of Halcyon Tapes

    • 37 min
    Donor Anonymity

    Donor Anonymity

    In this episode, Ally, Shannon, and Jeremy begin to unpack the idea of donor anonymity. Is it possible to stay anonymous in 2022? Why would a donor choose anonymity? Which right is more important: the right to privacy or the right to know?

    We probably don't come to any big conclusions in this episode and have only scratched the surface of the nuances of donor anonymity and what that looks like. But we have thoughts and feelings on the topic, so what better way to flesh those thoughts out than a round table discussion with your donor conceived half sibs?!

    Mentioned in the episode:
    Sperm Donation Laws by CountryI Promised my Sperm Donor AnonymityDisclosing the Identity of Sperm DonorsWhat do YOU think? What did we nail, and what did we totally miss? Reach out & let us know!

    Follow us on Instagram and TikTok. Email us at halfofuspod@gmail.com

    Music by Wizard of Loneliness, Courtesy of Halcyon Tapes

    • 44 min
    Chelsey - Half Sister from the Same Mister

    Chelsey - Half Sister from the Same Mister

    Meet Chelsey, our half sister from the same mister.

    Chelsey has a unique perspective about what finding out you are donor conceived in your 20s can be like. Does it change everything? Does it change anything?

    Chelsey - thanks for chatting with us!
    Follow us on Instagram and TikTok. Email us at halfofuspod@gmail.com

    Music by Wizard of Loneliness, Courtesy of Halcyon Tapes

    • 46 min
    Nicole - Family Trauma with Former TV News Reporter

    Nicole - Family Trauma with Former TV News Reporter

    Y'all thought we were only talking donor conception? 

    Family trauma comes in all forms - Nicole's story checks a LOT of those boxes.

    Nicole, a former TV news reporter and Jeremy's close friend, shares with Ally and Jeremy about her father's black market adoption and untimely death, her mother's subsequent demons, growing up half white, half Palestinian, accidentally revealing her ex-boyfriend's family secret, and SO much more. 

    Books mentioned in the episode:
    Before We Were Yours - Lisa WingateThe Baby Thief: The Untold Story of Georgia Tann, the Baby Seller Who Corrupted Adoption - Barbara Bisantz RaymondThe Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure - Jonathan HaidtFollow us on Instagram and TikTok. Email us at halfofuspod@gmail.com

    Music by Wizard of Loneliness, Courtesy of Halcyon Tapes

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Jodie - Mom of our Half Brothers

    Jodie - Mom of our Half Brothers

    Meet Jodie - recipient parent and mom to our half brothers, Greg and Joe!

    Jodie talks about her path to using a sperm donor, what the selection process was like for her, and her thoughts on Greg and Joe connecting with 20+ half siblings and the donor. Thanks for chatting with us, Jodie!

    Follow us on Instagram. Email us at halfofuspod@gmail.com

    Music by Wizard of Loneliness, Courtesy of Halcyon Tapes

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
93 Ratings

93 Ratings

alyssajoy11 ,

Wow!

Such a beautiful podcast with raw real people. Thanks for sharing your story. I love the podcast with the husbands. So neat that you all connected & are so close.

666420173869 ,

Warm and Insightful

Ally generously brings her experiences, questions and insights into every episode - inspiring the listener to think more deeply about what it means to be donor conceived and what it means to use donor conception to grow one’s family. Thank you Ally, for taking the time to produce this podcast!

Skittlesj21 ,

Used to be good

Now this new season they sound so judgmental and pretentious. How some of this speak about sperm donors, THEIR bio father and half siblings they don’t like is disgusting.

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