713: White Lies, Jeopardy Mystery, & Patient Zero


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Today we hear about a Jewish family who had a daughter that did not look like them. In fact, she looked Black. And it turned out her mom had an affiar with a Black man, but just never mentioned it to her husband, the daguther (who thought her familial dad was her biological dad until she was in college even though she was dark skinned), or anyone else. It is wild! We discuss how we can convince ourselves to believe things if we are invested in doing so. Susie details a story of a Jeopardy! contestant whose five episode streak in the 80s disappeared from reruns and all streaming and digital archives of the show and she was not invited to Tournament of Champions in the year of her victories, which led to wild speculation about the reason for her omission. Some thought she was just a big old b-word, some thought she was combative with Alex, and others thought she lied about her identity on her application. It turned out the reason was far more hilarious and the perfect story for our show. We cannot quit laughing about this. Sarah deemed this segment among our greatest of all time. We hear why Susie’s sister has become one of the faces of AI. And we discuss the man who became known as Patient Zero for AIDS in America, why that designation was inaccurate, why he made some mistakes after being infected, and how his willingness to cooperate with doctors probably saved many lives. It’s a story of how we can be a hero and still be flawed and fallible.

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