The Girl Who Doesn't Exist

8/29/2016, 8:00:00 AM , duration(0:0:2)
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<p>In today’s episode, we meet a young woman from Texas, born and raised, who can’t prove that she exists.</p> <p>Alecia Faith Pennington was born at home, homeschooled, and never visited a dentist or a hospital. By both chance and design she is completely invisible in the eyes of the state. We follow Faith as she struggles to free herself from one restrictive world only to find that she is trapped in another. In her journey to prove her American citizenship she attempts to answer the age-old question: who am I?</p> <p><em>Reported and produced by Alexandra Leigh Young. Produced by Andy Mills and Brenna Farrell. Special thanks to Savannah Escobar, Nick Reed, Chris Van Deusen, David Glenn, Zen Allegra, Russell Whelan, Rachel Coleman and Lake Travis Zipline Adventures.</em></p> <p><em>Correction: An earlier version of this episode's web copy incorrectly stated that Faith Pennington was born on a farm. Pennington was born at home in Houston, TX, then she and her family moved to a farm in Kerrville, TX, where she was raised. </em></p> <p><em>Faith’s original Youtube video is posted here: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPtpKNyaO0U" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPtpKNyaO0U</a></em></p> <p><em>For updates on Faith’s journey, visit her Facebook page Help Me Prove It: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Help-Me-Prove-It-882732628415890/" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/Help-Me-Prove-It-882732628415890/</a></em></p> <p>Support Radiolab by becoming a member today at <a href="https://pledge3.wnyc.org/donate/radiolab-it/onestep/?utm_source=wnyc&amp;utm_medium=radiolab-redirect&amp;utm_campaign=pledge&amp;utm_content=show-notes" target="_blank" title="Pledge">Radiolab.org/donate</a>.    </p>