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Money. Romance. Tragedy. Deception. The story of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos is an unbelievable tale of ambition and fame gone terribly wrong. How did the world's youngest self-made female billionaire lose it all in the blink of an eye? How did the woman once heralded as "the next Steve Jobs" find herself facing criminal charges -- to which she pleaded not guilty -- and up to 20 years in jail? How did her technology, meant to revolutionize healthcare, potentially put millions of patients at risk? And how did so many smart people get it so wrong along the way? ABC News chief business, technology and economics correspondent Rebecca Jarvis, along with producers Taylor Dunn and Victoria Thompson, take listeners on a journey that includes a three-year-long investigation. You'll hear exclusive interviews with former employees, investors, and patients, and for the first-time, the never-before-aired deposition testimony of Elizabeth Holmes, and those at the center of this story.

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    • 4.6, 15.5K Ratings

Money. Romance. Tragedy. Deception. The story of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos is an unbelievable tale of ambition and fame gone terribly wrong. How did the world's youngest self-made female billionaire lose it all in the blink of an eye? How did the woman once heralded as "the next Steve Jobs" find herself facing criminal charges -- to which she pleaded not guilty -- and up to 20 years in jail? How did her technology, meant to revolutionize healthcare, potentially put millions of patients at risk? And how did so many smart people get it so wrong along the way? ABC News chief business, technology and economics correspondent Rebecca Jarvis, along with producers Taylor Dunn and Victoria Thompson, take listeners on a journey that includes a three-year-long investigation. You'll hear exclusive interviews with former employees, investors, and patients, and for the first-time, the never-before-aired deposition testimony of Elizabeth Holmes, and those at the center of this story.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
15.5K Ratings

15.5K Ratings

bigeyedfishie ,

Excellent Reporting

Great job bringing this story to light in an easily-consumable format. Listening to this podcast was a great way to understand the fall of Theranos and the involvement of key players aside Holmes. Couldn’t recommend this enough for those who want a quick dive into the world of Theranos.

appleinwinter ,

Interesting story, frustrating TV-style reporting

Maybe because I haven’t watched television news in a million years, I found the reporter’s emphasis on sensationalism, and her disinterest in detail, frustrating and infantilizing. She’s clearly done a lot of research on the story and has informants with really high-level knowledge. So why is she jumping into their responses with inane characterizations, like “you wanted to change the world!” It’s embarrassing to listen to her interviewees try to accommodate her politely, and then have to push past her to get a much more interesting, complex thought into the conversation.

The story is interesting, I’m glad I listened to it, and I wish this reporter didn’t feel like she had to talk down to her audience. Podcasting as a whole is better than this, and television agencies should get into it rather than bringing television’s chewing-gum standards into podcasting.

Greg_Chicago ,

Poorly produced

I highly recommend listening to Bad Blood on Audible before you listen to this podcast. There's a huge difference between the two and there's a reason why Bad Blood was chosen as the best non-fiction audiobook of 2018.

This podcast is essentially just a Sparknotes version of that book and I didn't like this podcast was structured, most noteably with how much they repeated basic details. A lot of important details got left out but there'd of been enough time to include more details if they hadn't wasted so much time by reviewing what was already said in previous episodes.

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