32 episodes

A therapist and genealogical investigator narrate interviews with real people about their experiences with shocking DNA revelations like paternity fraud, Non-Paternal Events (NPE), donor conceptions and adoptions, whether discovered by a commercial DNA test or a known disclosure. Using a blend of humor, education and awe, these two friends make sense of one of the fastest growing segments of popular culture - the surprise DNA discovery. Hosted by Christina Bryan Fitzgibbons and Jodi Klugman-Rabb.

Sex, Lies & The Truth Couch Genes

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 54 Ratings

A therapist and genealogical investigator narrate interviews with real people about their experiences with shocking DNA revelations like paternity fraud, Non-Paternal Events (NPE), donor conceptions and adoptions, whether discovered by a commercial DNA test or a known disclosure. Using a blend of humor, education and awe, these two friends make sense of one of the fastest growing segments of popular culture - the surprise DNA discovery. Hosted by Christina Bryan Fitzgibbons and Jodi Klugman-Rabb.

    Christine - And The Light-Skinned Dancer

    Christine - And The Light-Skinned Dancer

    Christine learned of her NPE by mistake as a child, but the secret lay at the surface because her parents had a different secret to focus on: the swinging lifestyle. For Christine the discovery didn’t just tell her she had a different father, she was also a different race.

    • 31 min
    Julie Ryan McGue - Twice A Daughter

    Julie Ryan McGue - Twice A Daughter

    Julie was raised in a nice Irish Catholic family and knew from an early age she was adopted.  Perhaps unsurprisingly, there’s more to it than that, since our stories never end in the easy places.  

    • 32 min
    Linda Wagner - And The Second Chance

    Linda Wagner - And The Second Chance

    In a rare treat, we get to share an interview with a biological parent.  It's rare for many reasons, but this is special because it's Allie's biological mother (previous episode).  You'll get to hear another side of this amazing story, equally as elegant and heart-warming as Allie's story.

    • 32 min
    Alli - And The Christmas Present

    Alli - And The Christmas Present

    We can’t wait for you to meet Alli.  Her episode is told through the eyes of the adoptee, and will linger in your memory the way only a good story can.  And stay tuned for the next episode, which includes an interview with her biological mother.  

    • 45 min
    Damon - And The Librarian Part II

    Damon - And The Librarian Part II

    When we last left Damon, he had just decided to search for his biological father.    He thought it would be as straight forward as finding Ann, but not much in the MPE, adoption world is straight forward.  Just how many DNA tests does one person have to take to find a parent anyway?

    • 45 min
    Damon - And The Librarian Part I

    Damon - And The Librarian Part I

    In this episode we meet Damon Davis, the former Director for the Health Data Initiative in the office of the Chief Technology Officer under the United States Department of Health & Human Services. Since holding that position, Damon has also added author and hosts the podcast Who Am I Really?, sharing adoption stories and attempts at reunion, like his own.  

    Damon’s story of adoption was so impactful we decided to tell it in two parts.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 Ratings

USARoadWarrior ,

Great Podcast, Great Hosts

I binge-listened to every Sex, Lies & the Truth podcast I could find during the summer of 2020 after I discovered my NPE status. Hearing the stories of others in similar situations to mine gave me valuable information, insight, comfort and determination. Thank you for addressing many important issues that have been intentionally kept as secrets from so many of us! ❤️

NPE Alicia ,

Great Discussions!

I discovered I was an NPE in February 2019 just ten days before I turned 31 and four months before my wedding. My mom is an NPE also and I discovered I was an NPE while helping my mom find her biological father. There are several NPE’s on my newly discovered biological paternal side as well. People don’t understand how this shakes one’s identity until they have walked through this, because of this I’m now writing a memoir about my experience. I love listening to podcasts that give a voice to our community. #npe #npealicia

Shelley0101 ,

Love it

I just listened to two of the podcasts today & loved them. I can’t wait to listen to more tomorrow. A little sad to see that it’s not a weekly podcast. Hopefully it will be soon. 😉

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