33 episodes

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 decades in prison? How did her technology, meant to revolutionize health care, 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 multi-year 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. Then, go inside the courtroom as 12 jurors decide the fate of the Theranos founder; three years after she was first charged, we find out how this saga finally ends.

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    • True Crime
    • 4.6 • 23.3K 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 decades in prison? How did her technology, meant to revolutionize health care, 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 multi-year 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. Then, go inside the courtroom as 12 jurors decide the fate of the Theranos founder; three years after she was first charged, we find out how this saga finally ends.

    'The Informant' | Ep. 1: There's No Place Like Home

    'The Informant' | Ep. 1: There's No Place Like Home

    Today we bring you Ep. 1 of "Truth and Lies: The Informant," a new five-part series from ABC Audio that tells the remarkable story of an ordinary man who risked his life as an FBI informant to stop what would've been one of the worst terrorist attacks in U.S. history. Follow along and listen to the next episode right now on Apple Podcasts (https://apple.co/3wgRdzb), Spotify (https://spoti.fi/3XFQm6X), Amazon Music (https://amzn.to/3ksWvFj), or your app of choice.
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    • 44 min
    Introducing 'Truth & Lies: The Informant'

    Introducing 'Truth & Lies: The Informant'

    Check out "Truth and Lies: The Informant" from our colleagues at ABC Audio, a remarkable story of an ordinary man who risked his life as an FBI informant to stop what would've been one of the worst terrorist attacks in U.S. history. A new five-part series, available on Apple Podcasts (https://apple.co/3wgRdzb), Spotify (https://spoti.fi/3XFQm6X), Amazon Music (https://amzn.to/3ksWvFj), or wherever you're listening now.
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    • 2 min
    Bonus: Sentenced

    Bonus: Sentenced

    In a special bonus episode of "The Dropout: Elizabeth Holmes on Trial," we break down what happened during Holmes' sentencing hearing and what is next for the once-lauded Theranos founder.
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    • 7 min
    Bonus: Amanda and The Other Liz

    Bonus: Amanda and The Other Liz

    Amanda Seyfried, the lead actress of Hulu’s “The Dropout” and the show’s creator and showrunner Liz Meriwether join host Rebecca Jarvis for a wide-ranging conversation about the making of the Hulu limited series based on the ABC News podcast. Seyfried has been nominated for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for her portrayal of Elizabeth Holmes, one of six nominations for the Hulu series this year. 
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    • 50 min
    The Sunny Balwani Verdict

    The Sunny Balwani Verdict

    Rebecca Jarvis sits down with Brad Mielke, host of ABC News’ “Start Here” podcast to talk about the conviction of former Theranos president Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani. Follow “Start Here” on Apple Podcasts (https://apple.co/2maaMIF), Spotify (https://spoti.fi/3nNbcBC), or wherever you listen to get the day’s top headlines every morning.
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    • 6 min
    '20/20': The Rise and Con of Elizabeth Holmes

    '20/20': The Rise and Con of Elizabeth Holmes

    The new Hulu limited series based on this podcast and starring Oscar-nominee Amanda Seyfried as Elizabeth Holmes is out now. And in case you missed 20/20’s behind-the-scenes look at the show, we wanted to drop it in this feed, so you can listen now. You’ll hear from the stars of the Hulu series and a member of the jury that convicted Elizabeth. And be sure to follow the 20/20 podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you're listening now for more true crime stories from ABC News.
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    • 1 hr 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
23.3K Ratings

23.3K Ratings

Leann4194 ,

Story is told well

I first came across the drop-out on Hulu and was intrigued. I ended up watching the series and then finding the podcast. This is very well done and kept my attention. Great reporting!

fc8tgb ,

No love for Sunny?

Was looking forward to a “Sunny gets sentenced” minisode…

d00dles4science ,

One of the best podcasts ever

Enthralling narrative of the Theranos case! Compelling, unbiased, thoroughly researched, very thought provoking journalism that provides some insightful clarity on a pretty complicated saga. I hope it continues to follow everyone involved- it’s kind of hard not to be drawn into this story that is so fascinating even on its own. Love her or hate her, Elizabeth has become an icon / cult leader. Being from Northern California myself, I found the “psychology” of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs extremely interesting. It is kinda sad, though, how Elizabeth has drawn so much attention away from the businesswomen, medical scientists, and young people who are (successfully) making their own remarkable breakthroughs every day!
I admit I’ll probably listen to this again though, it’s a great podcast 👌 Thanks y’all for DOING it rather than just TRYing (lol)

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