Courtney McKinney was raised by her mother, Pamela, in a single-parent household in Dallas, TX. Growing up, Courtney often wondered who her father was. And although Pamela had shared some information about him — his name was Charles; he was white; the two had a brief relationship but it didn’t work out — Courtney remained skeptical. “I just really distinctly remember not believing it.”

At 16 years old, Pamela finally told Courtney the truth: that she’d been conceived through anonymous sperm donation.

A few years later, fueled by questions about her identity, Courtney reached out to the California Cryobank (the one her mom had used) in the hopes of finding answers, and ultimately, connecting with her father.

On this episode of the StoryCorps Podcast, a story about a young woman who spent years searching for her dad only to reunite with someone else entirely; someone she didn’t even know she was looking for.

Released on November 6, 2018.

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“Hollow & ghosts (feat. Francois Creutzer)” by Ending Satellites from the album And so sing the black birds
“Untitled #4” by Yusuki Tsutsumi from the album Birds Flying In The Dark
“Untitled #9” by Yusuki Tsutsumi from the album Birds Flying In The Dark
“Dance of the Peacock Phantom” by Fredrik from the album Origami
“Untitled #8” by Yusuki Tsutsumi from the album Birds Flying In The Dark
“Flax” by Fredrik from the album Trilogi