How to Sell Your Body


This week on How to Do It: The Guide to Things You Hope You'll Never Need to Know, Sarah Treleaven and Josh Bloch find out if they're worth more than the sum of their parts as they delve into the nitty gritty of the buying and selling of human bodies and their parts.

Who are the sellers? Who are the buyers? And what are YOU worth on the open market? We hear from a former human guinea pig, a topless butler, a documentary filmmaker who got up close and personal with a real life modern freak show, and more. Plus, a story from the only country in the world that has legalized the sale of kidneys, and an in-depth chat with investigative journalist Scott Carney.

On this week's program:

  • Journalist Saeed Kamali Dehghan talks about the only legal kidney market in the world: Iran.
  • Documentary filmmaker Richard Butchins talks about the "freaks" he went on the road with for his film The Last American Freak Show
  • Bioethicist Francoise Baylis guides us through what's ok and what's no-go when it comes to selling parts of people.
  • Dr. Michelle Ottey, director of the Fairfax Cryobank, tells us why it's harder to sell your sperm than to get into Harvard.
  • Ed Moyse and Ross Harper tell us how they combatted their student debt by selling ad space on their faces.
  • Jay Kimel-Fleishman discusses the perks of a job whose only requirement is actually having a body.
  • Margo Balaya describes her sexy cleaning and catering service Maids and Valets, and Matt Little tells us what it takes to be a Butler in the Buff.
  • Investigative journalist Scott Carney talks about his book The Red Market and takes us into the dark underworld of the buying and selling of human flesh.

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