A Tribute to Twins! | Connecticut Public Radio

A Tribute to Twins!

Sep 24, 2014

Identical twins Lucy & Layla with their father, Roger, who is also an identical twin.
Credit Courtesy of The Defining Photo

Identical twins are just like us - and then they're not! From Ann Landers and Dear Abbey, from the Castro brothers, one of whom might be our first identical twin president one day, carbon-copy twins live lives that the rest of us cannot fathom.

Is it true that as kids, they sometimes create their own languages, or don't need to speak at all in order to communicate? How do identical twins handle the common misconceptions and misidentifications throughout their lives? And how may they feel a little differently than we do when one twin dies?

We'll hear personal stories from two sets of identical twins in-studio, as well as from the Director of the Twin Studies Center at Cal State (Fullerton), on why there are more identical twins now than ever, and what we can learn about ourselves by the history of studying twins.

Are you a twin? What don't people understand, or what stories do you love to tell about being a twin? Comment below,  email Colin@wnpr.org, or tweet @wnprcolin.

This episode originally aired on January 8, 2014.


  • Dr. Nancy Segal is a Professor of Psychology at California State University, Fullerton, and Director of the Twin Studies Center, which she founded in 1991. She’s also an Associate Editor of Twin Research and Human Genetics, the official journal of the International Society for Twin Studies
  • Joy Taylor and Amy Melvin are identical twins grew up in West Hartford
  • Roger & Danny Castonguay are identical twins who grew up in Enfield
  • Phyllis McDowell is a twin living Chester