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The Genius Factory - The Curious History of the Nobel Prize Sperm Bank

David Plotz

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It was the most radical human-breeding experiment in American history, and no one knew how it turned out. The Repository for Germinal Choice-nicknamed the Nobel Prize sperm bank-opened to notorious fanfare in 1980, and for two decades, women flocked to it from all over the country to choose a sperm donor from its roster of Nobel-laureate scientists, mathematical prodigies, successful businessmen, and star athletes. But the bank quietly closed its doors in 1999-its founder dead, its confidential records sealed, and the fate of its children and donors unknown. In early 2001, award-winning columnist David Plotz set out to solve the mystery of the Nobel Prize sperm bank. Plotz wrote an article for Slate inviting readers to contact him-confidentially-if they knew anything about the bank. The next morning, he received an email response, then another, and another-each person desperate to talk about something they had kept hidden for years. Now, in The Genius Factory, Plotz unfolds the full and astonishing story of the Nobel Prize sperm bank and its founder's radical scheme to change our world. Believing America was facing genetic catastrophe, Robert Graham, an eccentric millionaire, decided he could reverse the decline by artificially inseminating women with the sperm of geniuses. In February 1980, Graham opened the Repository for Germinal Choice and stocked it with the seed of gifted scientists, inventors, and thinkers. Over the next nineteen years, Graham's "genius factory" produced more than two hundred children. What happened to them? Were they the brilliant offspring that Graham expected? Did any of the "superman" fathers care about the unknown sons and daughters who bore their genes? What were the mothers like? Crisscrossing the country and logging countless hours online, Plotz succeeded in tracking down previously unknown family members-teenage half-brothers who ended up following vastly different paths, mothers who had wondered for years about the identities of the donors they had selected on the basis of co

Language:

English

Narrators:

Stefan Rudnicki

Length:

4h 54m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:03


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:34


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:47


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:03


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:08


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:34


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:15


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:22


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:07


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:58


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:20


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:07


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:32


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:29


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:17


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:05


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:33


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:10


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:18


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:37


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:36


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:46


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:02


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:41


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:13


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:06


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:09


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:36


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:23


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:57


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:01


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:04


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:45


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:40


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:15


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:26


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:58


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:18


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:07


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:57


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:16


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:38


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:30


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:36


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:31


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:06


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:35


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:58