9 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.”

Bad Batch Wondery

    • Documentary
    • 4.4, 5.6K 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.”

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
5.6K Ratings

5.6K Ratings

sm789122 ,

Interesting and informative!

This situation definitely reminds me of the Theranos debacle and how people who are not qualified physicians should not start a medical company. I’m a few episodes in and so far I find the case very interesting, albeit frustrating because John should be locked away. I agree with other listeners that Dr. Death is more riveting and that the narrator does seem to unfairly portray John in a sympathetic light, but so far I’m enjoying Bad Batch.

Nullity ,

It’s good but not amazing.

Worth listening to but not as good as dr death for instance.

Brought to you by Steve ,

Solid Podcast, Outdated Ad System

Overall, this podcast was well done and enjoyable to listen to. The story is not one I've heard before and I appreciate how they covered multiple perspectives.

What I really want to rant about and the reason I gave this a one star review is the ads. The problem is not the amount of ads but rather the placement. I have no idea why they feel the need to break up the interesting content with ads every five minutes. This is an outdated practice used in the cable industry. Spoiler alert, there's a reason why people are fleeing in droves from cable to uniterupted mediums such as streaming and podcasts.

I understand ads are necessary to fund these programs. There's good work being done here and it deserves to be rewarded. That being said, either put them all in the beginning of the show or the end. Each time I was getting pulled into the story I'd be abrubtly pulled out of it to listen to a couple minutes of ads. These constant inturruptions undermine your work and is an outdated tactic which consumers will no longer tolerate. I personally was about to turn it off first episode but am actually glad I stuck with it cause the story is fascinating.

Do yourself a favor and set a precedence of putting ads in the beginning or end of your programming and kick these old cable television habits. Join the new era of content.

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