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Options October 7, 2014: DNA: Day Naysay Answered
The DNA results are finally in. I know beyond a doubt the identity of my biological father. Confused?

In 1987 (and again ten years later) the man I thought was my father told me he believed another man was my biological father. On the Aerial View show Bad Dad from June 10th of this year I played audio of my sister and I preparing DNA swabs, in an attempt to lay to rest questions of my paternity that have plagued me for more than a quarter-century. I initially contacted a DNA-testing company in New York that specialized in ironclad legal proof... and had to rethink that decision when they quoted me a price upwards of $700.

I discovered a company called 23andme ("The largest DNA ancestry service in the world!"), used by people studying their family tree and seeking blood relatives. They send you a DNA collection kit (a cup into which you spit, designed for sterile collection of saliva), you mail it back and for roughly $100 they type your DNA and tell you about your genetic background. For instance, I found out I'm 74.9% Italian (Fig. 1, below). And something else I'd long suspected: I have more Neanderthal DNA than the public-at-large (3.1% to 2.7%, see Fig. 2, below).

What I didn't find out, unfortunately, is whether my Dad was actually my Dad. Stupid me, I forgot a lesson from 7th grade Biology: women don't have a Y chromosome, so there was no way to determine if my sister and I have a common male ancestor. Back to the drawing board. I contact a first cousin, J.D., and asked if I could have a kit sent to him. He agreed and the results just came in a few days ago.

Tonight, I will reveal those results on the air and will be joined by J.D. when I do. Call 201-209-WFMU and let's talk blood relatives and those things you found out about your family after years in the dark.

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Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:01pm Meatfucker:

Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:04pm Meatfucker:

haha, I like your style.
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:05pm t_J:

congrats on the new intro
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:06pm Meatfucker:

the date is today!
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:07pm Meatfucker:

did you beat him and take all his money? thats how I did my deadbeat dad
  Tue. 10/7/14 6:07pm P-90:

Ay, Paisano! Welcome to the clan.
Italian Neandertals rule!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 10/7/14 6:10pm Grok-o-matic:

I'm in Nashville.
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:10pm Meatfucker:

smells like hatred
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:10pm Meatfucker:

satan drives a white utility van, trust me.
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:11pm Meatfucker:

its his excuse, not yoou fault
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:12pm Meatfucker:

your old man was full of bullshit. Thats pretty much why I beat mine.
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:13pm Meatfucker:

Thats basically all incest.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 10/7/14 6:14pm Mike East:

my wife found out when she was 18 that her mom wasn't her mom...she says it seemed to explain the way she had been treated growing up.
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:14pm Meatfucker:

maury would be proud
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:14pm Monica:

chris, alan cumming's new book is about this very issue.
from last sunday's times:
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:16pm Meatfucker:

spittin in a cup with your sister
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:17pm dale:

mo, i don't think alan cumming is 3.7 percent neanderthal, tho...
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:18pm Meatfucker:

hahah, "Im not sayin shit"
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:19pm Meatfucker:

it takes a day to sequence, a day to analyze, its mostly shippin
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:19pm dale:

he 90.1 signal!!!!!!
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:20pm dale:

FIX The 90.1 signal
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:20pm Meatfucker:

you sound italian
  Tue. 10/7/14 6:20pm Ten4:

Kickass show as always ChrisT
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:21pm dale:

...moved over to the squeezebox. comin in clear.
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:21pm Meatfucker:

you lucky bastard, im polish and cherokee
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 10/7/14 6:23pm Mike East:

I got a chance to tune in to 90.1 signal on Sunday. Sounded great.
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:23pm Meatfucker:

so after they hit 20, it was all downhill
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:24pm Meatfucker:

He remembers the 50s
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:25pm Meatfucker:

Am I the only one doing the math?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 10/7/14 6:25pm Greg from Bloomfield:

Wow. I'm 36, and my dad was born in '36. You figure it out.
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:26pm Meatfucker:

Your dad died old and fucked young.
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:27pm Meatfucker:

Not a bad way to go out really
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:28pm dale:

mike east - it's been dropping out pretty consistently. i wanna hear this conversation.
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:29pm Meatfucker:

use the net instead of the radio
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:32pm Meatfucker:

You are the father.
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:32pm Meatfucker:

everyones parents are batshit.
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:34pm Meatfucker:

have you tested him against you? There is a reason he though you were thier kid.
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:35pm Meatfucker:

the last time I was in manhattan I was stealin stuff
  Tue. 10/7/14 6:35pm SeanG:

yeah screw NYU
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:36pm t_J:

go Chris T go Chris T go
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:38pm Meatfucker:

its not a lack of crime, its also not a lack of weapons. In normal parts of the us people dont attack unless they want to die.
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:40pm Meatfucker:

Chris, thats some pretty raw shit you just presented to us, I thank you, even if im a silly jackass
  Tue. 10/7/14 6:44pm Tom:

90.1 signal in and out. ?
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:45pm Meatfucker:

smells of transmitter troubles, you arent the first
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 10/7/14 6:45pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Ever watch King of the Hill reruns? Hank's neighbors have a son that is highly obviously not the husband's (Dale's) child. It's obvious to everyone in the show except Dale.
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:45pm JakeGould:

The hard focus on biological parenthood is toxic. It’s bullshit.
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:47pm Meatfucker:

do you guys take sleds? Ive got like 20 of them for reasons that cant be explained.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 10/7/14 6:47pm Greg from Bloomfield:

Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:48pm Meatfucker:

well, it could be explained, but then Id have to explain what they were carrying
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:49pm Meatfucker:

A half sister stashed away somehwhere, haha, you own so much face.
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:52pm Meatfucker:

I dont have much to do today,no, should I speak less?
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:53pm dale:

imdb confirms this callers assumption - glen ford, ron howard and bonus - SHIRLEY JONES
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 10/7/14 6:53pm Ken From Hyde Park:

The Courtship of Eddie's Father ... that is vaguely familiar now. I must've seen the TV show a few times.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 10/7/14 6:54pm steve:

my Dad is obsessed with our geneology and has even written and had bound entire books of his findings on our near and distant family going back 100-150 years. for better or worse he's found nothing that i find either interesting or controversial.
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:54pm Meatfucker:

is ron howard the same howard of mst3k fame?
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:56pm Meatfucker:

no one fries spaghetti
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:58pm Meatfucker:

Ill be quiet now, im sorry.
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:58pm Meatfucker:

thank you
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 10/7/14 6:59pm ifny:

It's not fried spaghetti. It's refried. Like refried beans. It's a French Canadian tradition :P
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 6:59pm Meatfucker:

son you guys got it right with poutine, dont try your luck.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 10/7/14 7:00pm ifny:

daughter, you ain't seen nothing till you've tried tortiere with zucchini pickles and homemade catsup.
  Tue. 10/7/14 7:01pm Ten4:

ChrisT is freeform talk. Good show tonight.
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 7:01pm Meatfucker:

Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 7:02pm Meatfucker:

emory is getting kind of hardcore for him
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 7:04pm Meatfucker:

if ny
else upstate
Avatar Tue. 10/7/14 7:05pm Meatfucker:

couldnt resist, im an admin
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