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The Retrievals - Ep. 5: The Outcomes
In fertility treatment, a successful outcome is defined as a healthy baby. In this story, the outcomes are complicated for everyone involved.
The Retrievals - Ep. 4: The Clinic
What we know about what happened at the clinic.
The Retrievals - Ep. 3: The Sentence
At the nurse’s sentencing hearing, the patients learn a shocking detail that forces them to confront the limits of their compassion.
The Retrievals - Ep. 2: The Nurse
The patients know what happened to them. Now they learn who did it. The story of the nurse whose own pain was also unseen.
The Retrievals - Ep. 1: The Patients
Patients at a fertility clinic experience excruciating, unexpected pain. For months the reason for that pain remains hidden. Then they get a letter from the clinic.
The Retrievals - Trailer
The patients in this story came to the Yale Fertility Center to pursue pregnancy. They began their I.V.F. cycles full of expectation and hope. Then a surgical procedure called egg retrieval caused them excruciating pain.
Some of the patients screamed out in the procedure room. Others called the clinic from home to report pain in the hours that followed. But most of the staff members who fielded the patients’ reports did not know the real reason for the pain, which was that a nurse at the clinic was stealing fentanyl, and replacing it with saline.
From Serial Productions and The New York Times, The Retrievals is a five-part narrative series reported by Susan Burton, a veteran staff member at “This American Life” and author of the memoir “Empty.”
Susan details the events that unfolded at the clinic, and examines how the patients’ distinct identities informed the way they made sense of what happened to them in the procedure room. The nurse, too, has her own story, about her own pain, that she tells to the court. And then there is the story of how this all could have happened at the Yale clinic in the first place.
Throughout, Burton explores the stories we tell about women’s pain. How do we tolerate, interpret and account for it? What happens when pain is minimized or dismissed?
Episode 1 of The Retrievals arrives Thursday, June 29th.
These poor woman were just the latest layer of victims, of the unmitigated disaster, that is, the WAR ON DRUGS. If all drugs were Federally legal and regulated and were sold for a fair price things like this would never happen. For 100 years this country has been living under the racist and classist policy of prohibition and for the last 50 of those 100 years we’ve been living under something even worse…. The war on drugs. Literal Trillions of dollars spent and drugs are not only more prevalent than ever but they’re also more potent than ever. The US locks up more of its citizens per capita than any other country in the world and a lot of those incarcerated are non-violent drug offenders. It is beyond absurd that we continue to delude ourselves into thinking that we can win this war. What’s more is why would we even ever want to? People need drugs and for the most part we allow them to have them, it’s just certain ones that we’re told are unacceptable. Why is that? Think about it. If you can be honest with yourself, you’ll be shocked at what you find.
This should be a crime against humanity’s ear….ruined the podcast for me. Growl….
Stretched it too long
First couple of episodes were very interesting, but after that it really fell off. This should have been a one or two episode series instead of stretching the material. Meh