The Antidote: DNA Secrets

Friday, October 25, 2013

At WNYC, we’re experimenting with new ways to tell stories about health. In August 2013, as part of this effort, we produced an hour-long pilot show that we called "The Antidote: DNA Secrets." Click play to stream the complete pilot, above. 

Two of our pilot's stories were also broadcast on This American Life and On the Media. This American Life featured the story of Kelly (at left), who we followed through genetic testing for a devastating illness called Huntington’s Disease. On the Media focused on a cautionary tale about a new kind of family, united by a genetic data bank. 

Want some more of The Antidote?

  • You can see a video we produced with Kelly, below. 
  • Our host Emma Keller spoke to Manoush Zomorodi of WNYC’s New Tech City about the future of genomic sequencing.
  • Emma also hosted an online chat with Dr. Bob Darnell of the New York Genome Center in November 2013, at The Guardian’s “Living Hour” website.

Funding for WNYC's health reporting project has been provided in part by Susan and Peter Solomon. 

Hosted by:

Emma Keller and Kai Wright

Produced by:

Paige Cowett and Mary Harris


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Comments [3]


The hardest thing I've ever had to do was walk in the door to get my results for HD testing. I knew when I walked back out that door the trajectory of the rest of my life would be sealed ... I just didn't know in which direction. I won the genetic lottery. Thank you for your bravery, Kelly and Kayla, in telling your stories.

Nov. 02 2013 08:10 PM

My Dad has HD and I am at risk. I decided not to get tested because there is no cure or viable treatment. I don;t see a point to knowing if you can;t do anything but get depressed. Maybe I find out I have it, but they find a treatment before I show symptoms. Maybe I don't have it but die in a car crash on my way home from the clinic or get cancer. Just being at risk gave me a new perspective on living life as best as I can.

I didn't find out that it was in my family until after I had kids. I think about it every day. My brother also didn't get tested. So far, we are in our 30's and neither have symptoms. I would do anything if I could protect my kids from it.

Nov. 01 2013 03:19 PM
Stephanie from Virginia

I do not see where there is a link for a quick survey to complete about our own health experience.

Nov. 01 2013 11:22 AM

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