Sick

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Description

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.


Episode Date
Update: An Appointment With Dr. Cline
16:26

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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Feb 12, 2020
Idiot’s Guide
26:36

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

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Dec 03, 2019
Right In His Own Eyes
29:02

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

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Nov 26, 2019
Why Would We Stop Now?
30:58

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

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Nov 19, 2019
Sparingly
28:33

Donald Cline explains himself. 

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Nov 12, 2019
Lone Ranger
32:30

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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Nov 05, 2019
A Dog Person
25:32

What kind of doctor uses his own sperm to impregnate his patients? 

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Oct 29, 2019
He’s A Doctor — Why Would He Lie?
25:09

Jacoba Ballard knew she was donor conceived, so she wanted to see if she had any half siblings. She found more than she expected – would anyone believe her?

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Oct 22, 2019
50% Different
23:43

The first season of Sick starts with the story of a mother and son, a generation apart, who both struggled with infertility. And they learn a terrible secret about an Indianapolis doctor who abused his position of power.

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Additional reading: 

"Get Me Out” by Randi Hutter Epstein

“Banking on the Body” by Kara Swanson

Oct 15, 2019
Sick Season One Trailer
01:43

What happens when a doctor betrays a patient’s trust?

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. First episode out Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019.

Visit our website sickpodcast.org
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Sep 19, 2019
Coming soon!
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Sep 13, 2019
#5 Period Piece
00:16:50
Lisa De Bode got curious about how homeless women deal with menstruation, so she wrote a story on it. Then, things started to change. Plus, Jake learns a valuable lesson.
Apr 28, 2016
#4 Freundschaft
00:14:14
In rural Missouri, the Amish and Mennonites are on the forefront of a big idea, one that could save a small hospital—and bring healthcare closer to home for thousands of people.
Dec 21, 2015
#3 The Open Door
00:15:59
When Brandy Gibson was pregnant the first time, she noticed that opening her freezer gave her an odd, pleasant feeling. But when she got pregnant again, that feeling morphed into something much worse.
Sep 27, 2015
#2 Getting Right
00:13:06
In February, the Indiana State Department of Health announced an HIV outbreak in rural Scott County. Thirty people had tested positive just since December, and most of the cases were linked to injection drug abuse of a potent prescription opioid called Opana. Since then, the number of cases has grown to more than 170. Kevin Polly was one of those infected.
Aug 05, 2015
#1 A Bullet, a President and an ER
00:07:27
Many historians have debated how our country might be different today if Lincoln had lived to see the country through the critical Reconstruction period that followed the Civil War. Sick asks a different question: if he’d been given modern medical treatment, could Lincoln’s life have been saved?
Apr 15, 2015