35 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 • 55 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.

    Ryan – Finding His Life Story

    Ryan – Finding His Life Story

    Ryan Anderson largely ignored his adoption until the pandemic forced him to face how poorly he had been dealing with it since he found out just before his 18 th birthday – what’s called a Late Discovery Adoptee (LDA).  He jumped in with both feet, posting a video about his journey hoping it would help others living similar experiences and talks more specifically with us about the mental health impact.

    • 20 min
    Jennifer - I Think I'm Adopted!

    Jennifer - I Think I'm Adopted!

    Adoptions are part of the MPE universe, and set the stage for the non-paternal events to understand the process.  Jennifer had an intuition about her sense of not belonging in her family since she was quite young. What happens when your intuition turns out to be right? Turns out, you’re no better prepared for the emotional fall out.

    • 34 min
    Cassandra – And The Business of Secrecy

    Cassandra – And The Business of Secrecy

    Cassandra Adams was raised Italian and Catholic and never expected to find anything surprising in her DNA test.  What she found profoundly changed the direction of her life and fabric of her family relationships, not to mention identity and religious practices.  Get to know her journey through the business of secrecy and the advocacy work of Cassandra Adams.

    • 36 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 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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