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Spit is an iHeartRadio podcast with 23andMe where host Baratunde Thurston sits down with the most interesting cultural influencers of our time to explore how DNA testing gives us a new perspective on who we are and how we are all connected. Join us for an intimate conversation and the unscripted thoughts and opinions of award-winning recording artists John Legend, Melissa Etheridge, Wyclef Jean and Pete Wentz as we talk science vs stories, nature vs nurture, family, race and a whole lot more.
||ExplicitCan Science Change The Stories We Grew Up With? Exploring Identity With Pete Wentz and Dr. Robert Green.||Growing up in a small town in Illinois, musician Pete Wentz didn’t look or feel like others in his community, and never really felt that he fit in. So, he set out to create an identity of his own. On the latest episode of Spit, host Baratunde Thurston sits with Pete and medical geneticist and independent academic Dr. Robert Green to discuss how learning our DNA results can open up the stories of our past and reshape the trajectory of our future. In part 1 of the show, Pete shares his curiosity about what he might learn through taking the test. Dr. Green provides insight into what people can expect from at-home DNA tests, and the nuances around genetic probability. And in part 2, we get Pete’s real-time reaction to his results. Throughout it all, the trio discuss everything from personal identity and creating your own tribe to baby sequencing and whether Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger really did share the same DNA in “Twins.” Pete Wentz is currently on tour with Fall Out Boy, promoting the release of their newest EP “Lake Effect Kid”. Dr. Green has collaborated with 23andMe on NIH-funded research but his opinions are his own and should not be considered an endorsement of 23andMe or any other company. Spit is an iHeartRadio podcast with 23andMe. Enjoy this episode? Subscribe, rate and review Spit on Apple Podcasts. And be sure to tell your friends all about it. Find out more about our host Baratunde Thurston at Baratunde.com or sign up for his text messages at 202.902.7949 using #spitpodcast||8/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Does It Mean To Be “Family,” with Melissa Etheridge and Sara Lamm||Host Baratunde Thurston leads an intimate conversation with musician Melissa Etheridge and documentary filmmaker Sara Lamm to explore what it means to be “family.” Is family something we are born into? Is it something we create? Both women have very different stories and experiences. Melissa, with four children from two different women and sperm donors, talks about “creating” her family, how the stories we’ve been told could be limiting us, and her view that “… family is love. It’s the bond we create. And blood is another story.” This is juxtaposed with Sara’s experience, finding out at age 29 that her “father” was not her biological father, thus commencing her search for her biological family. Where do we draw the line on “family”? When you understand an expanded view of what family is, how does that change you and everyone around you? What rights do those who are adopted or from sperm donors have to biological information? How should you respond to relatives that reach out to you? We get real, raw and uncensored as our guests share their personal stories with us. You can see Melissa on the “Yes I Am” 25th anniversary tour and cruise with her in 2019. Go to MelissaEtherige.com for tickets and details. Sara Lamm has offered our listeners an extended clip of her film. Go to thankyouforcomingmovie.com/spit to check it out Spit is an iHeartRadio podcast with 23andMe. Enjoy this episode? Subscribe, rate and review Spit on iTunes. And be sure to tell your friends all about it. Find out more about our host Baratunde Thurston at Baratunde.com or sign up for his text messages at 202-902-7949 and #spitpodcast.||8/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDoes Race Really Exist Or Did We Create It, With Wyclef Jean and Alvin Tillery||Despite a belief that race relations are getting worse, a majority of Americans agree that someone’s racial identity is not hard-wired into their DNA, but the result of decades of socially constructed differences, according to a new survey by Northwestern University’s Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy. On this thought-provoking and inspiring episode, host Baratunde Thurston sits down with musician and activist Wyclef Jean and Associate Professor of political science, Alvin Tillery, to discuss how people view the connections between genetics and race, what is “true” vs what different groups of people believe to be true about themselves, where we have made strides, where we have a ways to go and hopes for a more ethically perfect world in the future. The conversation gets real, emotional and personal as all three share their stories. Wyclef talks immigrating to Brooklyn with his fearless “Haitian Black Panther” bravado; “My Dad always told me, don't forget, you're a descendant of 1804, Toussaint L'Ouverture. So, this was how I was brought up with a very fearless attitude”. Al details his harrowing story of surviving a lynching attempt “When I integrated my bus stop in New Jersey in 1980, some high school kids decided that they were going to hang me in a tree. And kill me at 9 years old. Thank God the bus driver was on time and cut me down and I made it, and that’s why I do this work every day…” Spit is a new iHeartRadio podcast with 23andMe. Enjoy this episode? Subscribe, rate and review Spit on iTunes. And be sure to tell your friends all about it. Find out more about our host Baratunde Thurston at Baratunde.com or sign up for his text messages at 202.902.7949 and #spitpodcast Wyclef Jean can be found performing with his Carnival Tour across the country for the remainder of 2018 https://www.wyclef.com/events You can find Alvin Tillery on Facebook @CSDDatNU, or visit the Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy https://www.csdd.northwestern.edu.||8/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Are We All Related, with John Legend and Anne Wojcicki||For the debut episode of Spit, host Baratunde Thurston sits down with two people who are changing the world. One through Art, and one through Science. Join us for an intimate conversation and the unscripted thoughts and opinions of award-winning recording artist and philanthropist John Legend, and 23andMe Co-Founder and CEO Anne Wojcicki to deconstruct how understanding your human genome can change how we think about ourselves, our sense of belonging and our connection to each other and the world. If we are all 99.5% the same, why do we spend so much time on the 0.5% of differences? How does science prove or disprove the stories we’ve grown up with? How does understanding how much alike we really are bring more empathy and compassion into the world? How we are seeing each other more than ever before? How much can one person make a difference? And what we are all hopeful for… Spit is a new iHeartRadio podcast with 23andMe. Enjoy this episode? Subscribe, rate and review Spit on iTunes. And be sure to tell your friends all about it. Find out more about our host Baratunde Thurston at Baratunde.com or sign up for his text messages at 202-902-7949 and #spitpodcast You can find John Legend @johnlegend and Anne Wojcicki @annewoj23||8/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanComing soon. August 15th. Spit an iHeartRadio podcast with 23andMe||A new podcast, where we talk all about how DNA is changing our lives and the world around us. Each episode, host Baratunde Thurston, sits down with the most interesting cultural influencers of today to talk science vs stories, nature vs nurture, family, race and a whole lot more. Guests include John Legend, Wyclef Jean, Melissa Etheridge, Pete Wentz and more.||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
This could be a super cool podcast. Will come back for EP 1 for sure
Can’t wait to hear how they tackle some of the biggest questions of our time. Important conversations and a perfect moment to start this dialogue.
Makes you think
Love this podcast and the topics discussed— really makes you think about how this relates to real life and how we can individually approach others and see their perspective without judgement