10 episodes

Patients in search of a miracle cure end up in critical condition. The race is on to find out what went wrong before more people get hurt. The trail leads back to a medical company with slick marketing and a charismatic CEO. And to a multibillion dollar stem cell industry where greed and desperation collide. Laura Beil, the award-winning host and reporter of “Dr Death,” returns for this six-part investigative series from Wondery, the makers of “Dirty John” and “The Shrink Next Door.”

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    • 4.5 • 7.9K Ratings

Patients in search of a miracle cure end up in critical condition. The race is on to find out what went wrong before more people get hurt. The trail leads back to a medical company with slick marketing and a charismatic CEO. And to a multibillion dollar stem cell industry where greed and desperation collide. Laura Beil, the award-winning host and reporter of “Dr Death,” returns for this six-part investigative series from Wondery, the makers of “Dirty John” and “The Shrink Next Door.”

    Wondery Presents: The Apology Line

    Wondery Presents: The Apology Line

    If you could call a number and say you’re sorry, and no one would know…what would you apologize for? For fifteen years, you could call a number in Manhattan and do just that. This is the story of the line, and the man at the other end who became consumed by his own creation. He was known as “Mr. Apology.” As thousands of callers flooded the line, confessing to everything from shoplifting to infidelity, drug dealing to murder, Mr. Apology realized he couldn’t just listen. He had to do something, even if it meant risking everything. From Wondery the makers of Dr. Death and The Shrink Next Door, comes a story about empathy, deception and obsession. Marissa Bridge, who knew Mr. Apology better than anyone, hosts this six episode series.

    Listen today at wondery.fm/BadBatchTAL

    • 6 min
    Wondery Presents Even the Rich: Paris Hilton

    Wondery Presents Even the Rich: Paris Hilton

    The latest season of Wondery’s Even The Rich profiles the one and only Paris Hilton. The unconventional heiress who carved out an American Dynasty that eclipses even her own famous family. 

    From a young age Paris knew she was different. Whether her family approved or not, she was going to do whatever it took to carve out her own place in pop culture. And when a sex-tape exposed her in a vulnerable moment, she used it to catapult herself into the cultural zeitgeist, where she sits comfortably to this day. Listen to Even the Rich: Paris Hilton at wondery.fm/ETR_Hiltons.

    • 6 min
    Whack-a-mole

    Whack-a-mole

    As the FDA cracks down on stem cell businesses, a flashy new commercial makes a splash, and it looks a whole lot like Liveyon. Is John K back?




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    • 17 min
    Beyond Liveyon

    Beyond Liveyon

    Elaine comes to terms with what happened. Other patients start to pick up the pieces too, and try to get justice.




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    • 44 min
    Three Vials

    Three Vials

    Vials of stem cells are shipped around the country, but some of them are ticking time bombs.




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    • 34 min
    The Sell

    The Sell

    John K. builds his company, and focuses on what he does best. A fleet of salesmen and doctors are selling a miracle, and they’re not necessarily sharing the whole story of the bad batch.

    For accurate information on stem cell treatments, visit the International Society for Stem Cell Research website.




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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
7.9K Ratings

7.9K Ratings

Victoriabx3 ,

Snake Oil Salesman

Great story about mass persuasion, smart schemes, and ultimately a narcissist behind it all (of course, like every great scheme).
Also, I had no idea something could be injected into people legally without having been vetted by the FDA! So interesting. I’m hooked.

Hannah Rassoull ,

Good

Great

L.A. Strong ,

Wish I had.....

Excellent podcast. Being a licensed healthcare provider, I’m very interested in biological medicine to treat health issues. It’s incredible that any company can treat patients in this country with a treatment that is not proven.

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