Family Twist

Family Twist

Family Twist is a podcast about DNA surprises, finding lost family and amazing adoption stories. Through DNA technology, genealogy and personal history, co-hosts and co-creators Kendall and Corey Stulce, share the story that brought them across the country. Since, we've met dozens of people with remarkable, heartwarming and heartbreaking stories. We can all learn from these stories and perhaps telling them and hearing them can help better shape our journeys - and those who are just embarking on similar journeys. (Family Twist Podcast)


November 28, 2023 29 mins

We're joined by the incredibly talented Laura High, a stand-up comedian with a unique and compelling story. Laura, a donor-conceived individual, brings a blend of humor and advocacy to the often opaque world of fertility. Her insights and experiences are not only eye-opening but delivered with a wit that makes the complexities of donor conception both understandable and engaging. We also discuss one of our recent guests, Dylan Ston...

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Continuing our conversation with Laura High, we delve deeper into the nuances of being donor-conceived. Laura's candidness, combined with her sharp wit, offers a rare glimpse into the personal and systemic challenges of the fertility industry.

Laugh Lines and DNA Ties: Laura High's Donor-Conceived Story Part 2

Episode Highlights:

  1. Laura’s activism, including protests for donor-conceived rights and her stance against the Am...
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November 23, 2023 18 mins

Hi, it's Corey here, welcoming you to a very personal episode of the Family Twist podcast. Today, I'm taking you on a journey back to a Thanksgiving 25 years ago that changed my life forever. It's a story of my fight against spinal meningitis, the incredible role my family and chosen family played in my recovery, and how this experience deepened our bonds. This episode is filled with poignant voicemails from those who were there, s...

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In this eye-opening episode of Family Twist, we delve into the intricate world of sperm donation with Dylan Stone-Miller, known as @donordylan on Instagram. Dylan's unique journey from a college student donor to connecting with the families he helped create offers an unfiltered look into the emotional and ethical complexities of sperm donation. If you're curious about the impact of donor conception on donors, children and families,...

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Welcome back as we continue our fascinating conversation with Dylan Stone-Miller, known on Instagram as @donordylan. Today, Dylan shares more about his extraordinary journey as a sperm donor, the challenges and revelations he's encountered, and his impact on the lives of numerous families. If you're intrigued by the complex world of donor conception, this episode promises to deepen your understanding and stir your emotions.

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    Welcome to part 2 of the Family Twist podcast season 4 premiere! In this episode, we’re thrilled to continue our conversation with Jeanette Yoffe, a therapist and an adoptee, who bravely shares her personal journey through adoption, reunion, and healing. Her story is a powerful exploration of the complex emotions and dynamics involved in adoption, and her professional insights as a therapist add a profound depth to our understandin...

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    Welcome to the season 4 premiere of the Family Twist podcast! Today, we are incredibly fortunate to have Jeanette Yoffe, a therapist and adoptee, who shares her profound journey of adoption and the intricate family dynamics that come with it. Her story not only sheds light on the adoptee’s perspective but also offers invaluable insights into the emotional complexities faced by all members of the adoption constellation. If you're re...

    November 7, 2023 22 mins

    In the season 3 finale of Family Twist, Kendall and Corey reflect on the incredible journey, sharing heartfelt voicemails from guests, discussing the emerging theme of family secrets and looking ahead to the next season. Join us as we revisit the stories that have shaped the season and prepare for the new twists to come.

    Season of Secrets Finale

    Featured Guests Highlights:

    Ryan Pesavento

    • Non-binary guest who share...
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    In this bonus episode of Family Twist, we are joined by the legendary scream queen, Dee Wallace Stone. With almost 200 films under her belt, Dee shares her experiences and insights from her vast and varied career in the entertainment industry.

    Key Points from the Episode:

    Dee’s Approach to work and life:

    Dee believes in working closely with the universe and creating her own reality.

    She emphasizes the importance of love in her life and...

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    In this episode of Family Twist, we delve into the emotional and inspiring story of Joyce Connelley, an adoptee who embarked on a quest to uncover her roots and find her birth family. Join us as we explore the highs and lows of her journey, the power of resilience, and the importance of understanding one's history.

    We'd like to remind our listeners that, while we pride ourselves in offering a platform for raw, heartfelt, and compell...

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    October 24, 2023 24 mins

    In the new episode of Family Twist, Corey has the pleasure of speaking with Whitney and Ryan, a couple with an incredible family story that will surely touch your heart. Their journey through foster care, adoption and unexpected surprises is a testament to the power of love, commitment and family. Press play to immerse yourself in their beautiful story.


    Whitney and Ryan's decision to foster and adopt after learning they c...

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    In this heartwarming episode of the Family Twist podcast, we dive deep into the riveting life story of Dr. Katie Nall, a woman who, despite a tumultuous and challenging upbringing, managed to carve out a path of success, love, and fulfillment. Around the age of 40, Katie experienced a profound transformation that reshaped her perspective on life, relationships, and personal growth. Her journey from a troubled childhood to a stable ...

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    October 10, 2023 37 mins

    In this deeply moving episode of the Family Twist podcast, we dive into the tender memories and impactful moments of Kendall's childhood. Kendall opens up about his adoptive parents, Betty and Ruble Austin, sharing stories that are not only personal but also universally relatable, especially for those who have experienced loss. His mother, Betty, passed away when he was just 10, and his father, Ruble, when he was 16. Yet, their inf...

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    In this fostering children-themed episode, Corey sits down with Irina Castellano, a dedicated foster parent who has fostered over 80 children throughout her life. Born an expat child and having lived in various countries, Irina brings a wealth of personal experiences and perspectives into her foster journey. This episode dives into her motivations, the challenges, and the rewards of fostering, and how it has shaped her family.


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    The Journey of Discovery: NPE, DNA Testing & Family Reunions

    In episode 42 of the Family Twist podcast, Kendall and Corey introduced you to Ryan, who shared their wild story about discovering more than 70 half-siblings, the product of donor conception. A lot has happened since! In this episode, Ryan shares their captivating story of their eventful summer, marked by a unique adventure involving DNA testing, family r...

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    We're winding down season three of Family Twist with our first musical guest, Rick DellaRatta. Join us for a captivating podcast conversation with virtuoso jazz musician Rick, founder of Jazz for Peace, as he shares his inspiring journey of music, family revelations, and a commitment to harmonizing the world.

    Episode highlights:

    • A Musical Odyssey: Rick's love for jazz took him on a unique journey that expanded beyond borders and ...
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    September 19, 2023 80 mins

    Reunited Triplets Separated at Birth: A Story of Tears and Laughs

    No, you're not experiencing déjà vu. A couple of weeks ago we published an episode with triplets separated at birth. But what you don't know is that we recorded that episode twice. Back in June, we spent a little over an hour with Rikki, Jules and Kenny and it was fantastic. But there were some audio snafus and not all the tracks were recorded, so we had to r...

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    September 16, 2023 19 mins

    Bonus: Corey Interviewed on SiriusXM

    Did you know Corey is the published author of two books? Laugh Lines is a collection of comedian interviews, and The Union of The State is the oral history of comedy troupe, The State, that had a sketch comedy show on MTV in the 1990s.

    Despite the troupe's popularity, The State never toured the country - until now! Eight members of The State are currently touring, and Corey will check out...

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    September 12, 2023 21 mins

    Bonus: NPE's Shocking Discovery

    • In this episode of Family Twist, we welcome Jeremy Bryant, a fellow podcaster, to share his remarkable story.
    • Jeremy's story is a unique and intricate journey that involves family twists, revelations, and a connection to the paranormal.

    00:29 - Jeremy's Background

    • Jeremy's upbringing as a typical white suburban American kid.
    • His parents' divorce during his adolescence, leading t...
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    Non Paternal Event: Not a Miracle Baby, Part 2

    In Part 2 of our series, we continue Amber van Moessner's remarkable journey. She discusses connecting with her biological father, building relationships with newfound half-siblings, and the evolution of these connections over time. Amber opens up about the power of open communication within families and how her experiences inspired her to become an advocate for donor-conceived...

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