24 episodes

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.

    Witness Docs Presents: The Atlas Obscura Podcast

    Witness Docs Presents: The Atlas Obscura Podcast

    Atlas Obscura's mission is to inspire wonder and curiosity about the incredible world we all share. Atlas Obscura co-founder and host Dylan Thuras is here to guide you on an audio journey to discover new and hidden places; perhaps on the other side of the world, or perhaps in your own backyard. Once there, you’ll hear stories and history from the incredible people who make these places special.

    Visit ​atlasobscura.com/podcast​ or follow the show in your favorite podcast app! New episodes are available every day, Monday through Thursday.

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    • 7 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

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