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In the second season of Verified, Host Natasha Del Toro and the Verified team again ask tough questions about whom we trust and why. This time, they’re investigating whether a group of women developed ovarian cancer from dusting their bodies with Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder—an iconic brand associated with innocence and comfort since the 1800s. One woman's mysterious illness snowballs into thousands of court cases, claiming that baby powder is to blame for their cancer. Verified: Dust Up is the story of a trusted brand’s fight to convince consumers and regulators that baby powder is safe while minimizing the work of the scientists who claim it is not. Verified follows this decades-long journey to ask: Could a product so many of us have in our medicine cabinets be putting us at risk? Hear more great stories about complicated people from Witness Docs at witnesspodcasts.com.

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In the second season of Verified, Host Natasha Del Toro and the Verified team again ask tough questions about whom we trust and why. This time, they’re investigating whether a group of women developed ovarian cancer from dusting their bodies with Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder—an iconic brand associated with innocence and comfort since the 1800s. One woman's mysterious illness snowballs into thousands of court cases, claiming that baby powder is to blame for their cancer. Verified: Dust Up is the story of a trusted brand’s fight to convince consumers and regulators that baby powder is safe while minimizing the work of the scientists who claim it is not. Verified follows this decades-long journey to ask: Could a product so many of us have in our medicine cabinets be putting us at risk? Hear more great stories about complicated people from Witness Docs at witnesspodcasts.com.

    Introducing Toxic: The Britney Spears Story

    Introducing Toxic: The Britney Spears Story

    Comedians Tess Barker and Babs Gray, who you might know from Lady to Lady or the now legendary Britney’s Gram podcast, are here to bring you a brand new investigative series about Britney Spears' conservatorship and the court system that's allowed it to persist.

    After launching the #FreeBritney movement, they started to dig… And what they found out, you won’t want to miss! 

    Join Tess and Babs as they talk to exclusive sources, examine new sides of the story, and uncover disturbing truths about our legal system that go way beyond Britney.

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    • 5 min
    Dust Up | E7 Pressure Builds

    Dust Up | E7 Pressure Builds

    Media pressure, federal investigations, and a big recall put Johnson & Johnson on the defensive. Johnson & Johnson’s CEO takes the stand for the first time in the company’s home state -- and things don’t go according to plan.

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    • 30 min
    Dust Up | E6 The Strategy

    Dust Up | E6 The Strategy

    A whistleblower emerges who takes calls from women who worry that they also got sick from baby powder. The Verified team uncovers how Johnson & Johnson sowed doubt about the science, influenced testing, and came up with language that obfuscated the danger of talc to women.

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    • 34 min
    Dust Up | E5 The Snowball

    Dust Up | E5 The Snowball

    Allen and his legal partners take on another lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson. It exposes J&J marketing campaigns that encouraged women to use talc for personal hygiene, even after the safety of talc was in question.

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    • 36 min
    Dust Up | E4 The Battle Over Science

    Dust Up | E4 The Battle Over Science

    In the 1970s and 80s, scientists and regulators try to better understand the safety of talcum powder. They study whether talc itself caused cancer, and whether it contains asbestos, a known carcinogen. Johnson & Johnson follows their research very closely.

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    • 43 min
    Dust Up | E3 The Trial

    Dust Up | E3 The Trial

    It’s finally time for Berg v. Johnson & Johnson to go to trial. The jury must weigh conflicting testimony from experts on each side about the safety of talc. And then, they come to a surprising—and strange—decision.

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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
205 Ratings

205 Ratings

Mmm5678 ,

Brilliant & infuriating!

This is an amazing story, fantastic journalism and unfortunately infuriating all at once.

Well worth listening to and make sure you share it with your mothers, grandmothers, aunties, sisters and cousins!!

Cando5 ,

Great podcast!

We need these stories. Thank you!

Vivifrance ,

Brilliant

This is as fine a piece of investigative journalism that you’ll ever listen to. Beautiful story telling by a group of incredibly brave women, all the more devastating because this is a documentary, so their accounts of what happened to them and how they dealt with it is totally inspiring.

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