Episode 167: Amateur Hour | Henrietta Lacks and Lesley Wegner/Sylvia Gonzalez


March 22nd, 2023

1 hr 38 mins 10 secs

Season 4

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About this Episode

Hillary and Tina cover Henrietta Lacks and Lesley Wegner and Sylvia Gonzalez.

Tina’s Story
Lesley Wenger and Sylvia Gonzales served on the Castle Hills, Texas city council in 2018. BUT when things didn’t go their way, they plotted a coup.

Hillary’s Story
Henrietta Lacks contributed to medical science through her illegally harvested immortal cell tissue. BUT when her family finds out, they call for reform and recognition of her contributions.

Hillary's Story
Henrietta Lacks

Estate of Henrietta Lacks sues biotechnical company for nonconsensual use of her cells--by Taylor Romine

Henrietta Lacks: How Her Cells Became One of the Most Important Medical Tools in History--by Rebecca Skloot

Hopkins Medicine
The Legacy of Henrietta Lacks
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks: science must right a historical wrong

The New York Times
Henrietta Lacks, Whose Cells Were Taken Without Her Consent, Is Honored by W.H.O.--by Maria Cramer

'Henrietta Lacks': A Donor's Immortal Legacy

Smithsonian Magazine
Henrietta Lacks’ ‘Immortal’ Cells--by Sarah Zielinski

Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks--from the Henrietta Lacks Foundation via The New York Times
HeLa Cells--by Heiti Paves/Shutterstock via National Institute of Standard and Technology
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Novel)--book cover by Crown publishers via Wikipedia

Tina's Story
Texas Councilwoman Fights Back After Her Opponents Had Her Arrested And Jailed--by Andrew Wimer

Fox 29
Castle Hills council member who allegedly plotted against city manager reinstated--by SBG San Antonio

Castle Hills city manager fired over confrontations with police, judge--by Dillon Collier

2 Castle Hills council members arrested in alleged plot to oust city manager--by Adrian Garcia and Patty Santos
Castle Hills City Council votes to fire city manager--by Chris Shadrock
Petition calls for removal of 2 Castle Hills council members
Questions surround legitimacy of swearing in of Castle Hills City Council member--by Patty Santos and Jennifer Galvan
Tampering charge against former Castle Hills councilwoman dismissed--by Fares Sabawi and Adrian Garcia

Former Castle Hills councilwoman sues city, claims first amendment rights were violated--by Camilla Rambaldi

San Antonio Express News
Castle Hills council drama gets ‘uglier’

USA Today
City officials threw me in jail to silence me. Years later, I'm still seeking justice.--by Sylvia Gonzalez

Lesley Wenger Mugshot--screenshot via KSAT
Sylvia Gonzalez Mugshot--screenshot via KSAT
Ryan Rapelye, Castle Hills City Manager--offical photo via San Antonio Report

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