Twice Removed

A family history podcast hosted by A.J. Jacobs. They say we’re one big family: this is the show that proves it. You will be filled with delight… or abject horror. You never know. It’s family.

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#4 Abbi Jacobson

January 20, 2017

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Show Notes


Another AJ, Abbi, Ilana

Abbi, A.J. & Ilana


AJ carrying pumpkin

AJ carrying a very large pumpkin at the scene of the crime.


Pumpkin with note

Our pumpkin note left for Rick.


aj outside harry's

A.J. & the pumpkins at Harry's Army Navy.




Abbi Jacobson's family tree is filled with remarkable hustles of all kinds, from an improbable cold case to a pioneer in women's sports.




Twice Removed is produced by Meg Driscoll, Ngofeen Mputubwele, Audrey Quinn, and Kimmie Regler. Our senior producer is Eric Mennel. Editing by Jorge Just and Alex Blumberg. Michelle Harris is our fact checker. Research help from The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, Robert Rockaway. Genealogical help from Jordan Auslander, J. Mark Lowe, David Zuckerman, Erica Howton and the people at Geni. Music and sound design by Haley Shaw.

Special thanks to John Molina, Sandra Mann, Jane Trepagnier, Tim Martin, Andrew Hudson, Bria Schreiber, Melissa Kates and our olympic co-eds singers: Molly Messick, Simone Polanen and Stevie Lane.

You can email us at We tweet @TwiceRemoved. We’re also on Facebook. If you’re a fan of the show, we would love it if you could rate or review us on iTunes. It makes a big, big difference and is really one of the best ways to help others find out about the show. So hop into iTunes or your podcast app and let us know what you think of the show. After all, we’re family...

Twice Removed is a production of Gimlet Media. I’m AJ Jacobs, we’ll be back in two weeks.