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I heard this story on NPR recently, about a woman who found herself in a case of mistaken identity. Here’s a link to the story. To sum, someone else in the same town had the same name as her, and she would often get the other Katie’s emails or membership benefits to grocery stores and so forth. This is like the epitome of an NPR story.

Katie talks through the emotional turmoil of having her identity mistaken as the other Katie and vice versa – The other Katie publishes a book that her friends mistake as being written by her. She tries multiple times  to reach out to Katie 2 – to get some form of closure over this uncertainty in her life, I suppose. For one reason or another, these two Katies never meet up, until an encounter is brokered by the radio program to have them both talk through their experiences.

It’s a pretty mundane story, but it feels like the events are given a ton of unearned emotional weight. My favorite part of the story is when the second Katie finally reaches out by sending a Facebook friend request to OG Katie after having previously established radio silence, and OG Katie notes, “This is shocking, because being friends on Facebook is pretty much the opposite of ignoring someone.” I don’t personally know Katie, so I don’t have the context on the importance of this event, but it’s risible to ascribe such importance to a friend request on Facebook. That’s NPR for you.

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