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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.

    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
    Dust Up | E2 The First Case

    Dust Up | E2 The First Case

    Deane and Allen file the first lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, alleging a connection between talc and ovarian cancer. The company vigorously defends the safety of its product, but Deane is determined to warn other women.

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    • 28 min
    Dust Up | E1 Unlikely Partners

    Dust Up | E1 Unlikely Partners

    When physician assistant Deane Berg is diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she starts trying to figure out why she got sick—and finds an unlikely partner to help her investigation.

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    • 31 min

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