In a monumental week in the trial of United States v. Elizabeth A. Holmes, the prosecution introduced its final week of witnesses before resting its case. Among them, a patient who received troubling results from a Theranos HIV test and a journalist whose damaging interviews with Elizabeth were played for the first time in court. And in a literal final-hour shocker, the defense called Elizabeth Holmes to the stand. Did the government bring its case home? Did Elizabeth begin to sway the jury?

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Vocal fry…Great story, well researched, can’t bear the narrator’s voice..Score: 2/5

Very repetitive.Interesting case but you hear the same thing every episode. They recap way to much. Have some faith that the audience remembers what you told them in previous episodes..Score: 2/5

Excellent seriesThis show is excellent. It’s thorough, well produced and interviews several of the key players/former employees. The host asks thoughtful but sharp questions. She is brilliant..Score: 5/5

Incredibly dullThe original story is interesting, but now well covered and known. Coverage of the court case is dull & an attempt to create content from very little suspense.Score: 2/5

FascinatingI didn’t know anything about this! I’ve been utterly hooked..Score: 5/5

DisappointingI’d been looking forward to supplementing my rather scant knowledge of this case when this podcast first appeared. Sure, I learned a few things about Ms Holmes’ upbringing, education and background in the first episode but not, I suspect, anything I couldn’t have unearthed via a little idle googling. Since then it’s been recap, repetition, padding and ads every step of the way. The same cast of main characters are wheeled out week after week, usually with just a repeat recording of whatever they might have said first time round. Particularly irritating are the quotes from a Professor at Ms Holmes’ alma mater who casts doubts over her academic prowess and intellectual ability. Meaty stuff, you think to yourself - but then the same quotes are trotted out ad nauseam, with no evidence or examples, going nowhere and eventually casting doubt over the integrity of the Professor herself. I don’t think this podcast adds anything to what’s already in the public domain, other than a bit of court drama and authorial hand-wringing over the plight of whistleblowers. One wonders, rather than a race through Holmes’ scholastic c.v.: couldn’t there have been some more insights into the woman’s psychology? Likewise, there’s no attempt to examine exactly what it was about the various fund-raising prospectuses that led otherwise shrewd investors to abandon their usual criteria. It’s not enough to imply that several were just senile old men. We aren’t made privy to any of the financial ratios they must have relied upon, or have swarms of analysts crawl over. There must have been something plausible in the package. It’s as if the journos making this quick buck podcast just went, YAWN, chucking anything too mathematical, or too scientific, or too “grey” (as opposed to black & white) into the “too difficult” box, and set about their padding and re-padding. As such, I’d say this is a pretty lazy piece of programme making and an opportunity lost. Also, it’s biased. Does not one piece of tape exist of this woman sounding either like a show-off or a blithering idiot? Last but not least, the dreaded vocal fry! Will American female broadcasters NEVER get the message?.Score: 2/5

SuperbA great listen. Always amazing to see how people can be suckered into believing what they want to believe..Score: 5/5

Brilliant podcast!I can’t stop listening to this podcast..I think Rebecca Jarvis is brilliant with her questions. I’m from the UK so I haven’t come across this story but I’m truly gripped..Score: 5/5

AdvertsAdverts were annoying intrusive and long, gave up on getting into the podcast.Score: 1/5

BrilliantBest documentary podcast I’ve listened to in a while..Score: 5/5

Great story, poorly toldIt is a fascinating story but the way it is told means you already know what happens so there was little suspense or mystery. I found the ‘Missing kryptoqueen’ podcast far more gripping to listen too even though they are equally powerful stories.Score: 3/5

AddictiveI live in the U.K. - never heard of Elizabeth Holmes. Can’t remember how I came across this podcast but so glad I did. Such well researched and brilliantly presented analysis of how her company developed and then went from boom to bust. Now glued every week to the latest report of Elizabeth’s trial..Score: 5/5

AwesomeDisclaimer, haven’t read the book - but this pod is astonishing and the journey is worth it - get ready to spend your time thinking ‘why did anyone fall for this’!.Score: 5/5

Brilliant.I’d never heard of this story until this podcast, and wow is it fascinating! I’d never listened to a true crime podcast before, and I absolutely loved this. I really hope to hear more episodes..Score: 5/5

Great story but poorly executedThis podcast should have been utterly gripping given the subject matter. However it talks down to the listener, telling them the same thing over and over, playing the same handful of interview clips repeatedly even where they aren’t very relevant. Adds nothing new and builds no suspense. Will just read about case online now- this podcast is patronising..Score: 1/5

Ads are getting out of handGreat podcasting but the ads are getting ridiculous. There’s one about every 10 minutes that last 1 and a half minutes and they seem to cut the podcaster off mid sentence!.Score: 3/5

Great listenListened to this 3 times now. Great journalism of a baffling story.Score: 5/5

Top notch productionDeeply sourced, well narrated.Score: 5/5

Well doneI was really engrossed. My first true crime documentary and l totally enjoyed it. Now l want more.Score: 5/5

FascinatingI am in the UK and this story never made it to us in the mainstream. Was fascinating to follow and made me wonder what would happen if Trump got his hands on our NHS.....Score: 5/5

Good stuffReally enjoyed it..Score: 5/5

Astonishingly goodA fascination story grippingly told.Score: 5/5

Great, accessible, entertaining.Really enjoyed this Podcast. I don’t mean to patronise through comparison but this was every bit as good as something from Serial. Loved it!.Score: 5/5

Good story but...It’s an interesting story but Rebecca Jarvis’s voice is rather annoying. I’m still not sure if the former Apple designer from the first episode is called Arna, Honor or Anna and I could well live without the vocal fry too..Score: 3/5

Highly RepetitiveThe new series is interesting but omg, every single episode they repeat information given in previous episodes. I think they need to realise that ppl listening to podcasts are capable of retaining info given in literally the last episode. E.g they explain who David Boies is time and time again. Also repetitive in that they repeat a lot of the info given in season 1..Score: 1/5

Nothing newThere were a few shocking moments but nothing deeply interesting. Could have been done in 4 half an hour episodes to the same effect.Score: 2/5

A MasterclassA masterclass in how not to run a tech startup, how not to be a people leader and how not to raise investment and how not to treat clients. Basically, study whatever it is that Holmes does and do the opposite. Great podcast that highlights some of the worst of human nature although it does get very repetitive. Most people have a memory that lasts long enough not to need long summaries of prior episodes. Maybe consider only summarising those elements of the story which will be pertinent to that particular episode..Score: 4/5

GrippingI stumbled upon the pod cast not knowing of Elizabeth Holmes and her story and it was so interesting. I wished there were more episodes actually. I’d love to see if there are more story’s like this. I even went on to watch the documentary on YouTube but I felt the podcast does the story more justice as the interviews are more informative of the truth. The documentary only used snippets of interviews to bolster what the narrator was saying and Rebecca allowed the story to be told through the interviews instead. A lot better journalism if you ask me..Score: 5/5

Great showReally interesting. Tells the story well. Well-researched, with great interviews. Looking forward to hearing more..Score: 5/5

Where did the money goI have been listening to this podcast. I would like to understand in simple terms where did all the money go. Laurence Smith.Score: 5/5

Justice being done. Great show.Really enjoying this show and look forward to each weeks update. I'm fairly convinced Elizabeth will be found guilty, but what a terrible waste of talent. Utterly shocked that some supremely rich and successful people were taken in by Elizabeth and her team..Score: 5/5

Interesting butWho has so much time on their hands to listen to 6 times 1/2 hour long episodes. The topic is interesting but not worth so much time. A lot of comments from employees, relations of this person are not interesting and sound more like afterwards thoughts but not really relevant just ear say. A 1 hour episode with essential and objective information would have been excellent..Score: 2/5

LovelyLovely.Score: 5/5

Great podcastI had never heard of Elizabeth Holmes but found this a fascinating story. Well researched and presented..Score: 5/5

AddictiveSUCH a great podcast! Really interesting, informative listen..Score: 5/5

Great podcastFantastic podcast but very sad story really- shows cult of personality and sheer arrogance of those in power and media who had very limited knowledge of medicine or diagnostics and thought they knew best..Score: 5/5

FascinatingHow could so many respectable people be so easily duped? Listen and you’ll find out..Score: 5/5

Repetitive, almost no information from the trialIn the last episode there was about ten minutes of actual information on the trial, from a weeks worth of information. A discussion with a teenager which was pointless and an interview of someone who could have invested in Theranos but didn’t. This couldn’t have been written by anyone who read a newspaper. The majority of the last episodes have been made up of the same clips you play over and over again. Not really worth listening to anymore. Can’t believe that on such an interesting case that you are privy to you are unable to write 30 mins of new information in a week. Will just read about it online from now..Score: 1/5

So intriguing!I loved this show! Couldn’t stop listening to it and finished all episodes in one afternoon. Can’t believe anyone would rate it less than 5 stars. Thank you!.Score: 5/5

Outstanding!Thoroughly researched and exciting presentation. I am totally hooked into the story..Score: 5/5

Great series!Loved this series, very engaging from start to finish!.Score: 5/5

Want moreReally enjoyed this, my first podcast listen, I really want to know what happens to Elizabeth, very well done to all involved in the production..Score: 5/5

The drop outFascinating and well written The behaviour by that Woman and her associates is an indictment of reckless endangerment of human life They should be locked up and the key thrown away Their hubris and vanity is breathtaking As for all those high flying people she recruited for the board - there’s no fool like a bunch of old fools!! Congratulations to the journalist and his paper who had the courage to expose them. Well done..Score: 5/5

Bias descredits journalismI really enjoyed the storytelling of the drop out but the cover of the trial is so unashamedly biased. They endlessly repeat "She's had a baby....a great way of getting sympathy from a jury", they have never mentioned her child without adding the caveat that it is a ploy to manipulate the jury. Like there is no possible other motive for a 35 year old woman in a long term relationship having her first baby. They describe it as 'journalism' but it's basically a hatchet job on Elizabeth Holmes character, they repeat the prosecutions case verbatim and then only for the defense do they find some sound bite to descredit her. I want to listen to this podcast to follow the story of her trial but the producer so clearly thinks she's guilty I basically have assumed she must have lost money investing in theranos! The bias is so stark they producers should be ashamed to call themselves journalists. I couldn't listen to it as i kept wanting to shout "I GET IT, you think she's guilty but just tell the story".Score: 2/5

Good but repetitiveThis is a good podcast but they reuse audio clips quite a lot and they also frequently recap the story so it gets repetitive and sometimes feels like they haven’t got anything new to say. However it is a fascinating story and a well researched podcast so I will keep listening..Score: 4/5

GrippingHad no knowledge of these events before listening to this podcast. Had to listen to every episodes in one night, couldn’t put it down...gripping..Score: 4/5

Enjoyable.Doesn’t exactly bring anything new to the table, over the top musical cues. The main thing that I found difficult throughout the podcasts as the narrator. Her voice is harsh, lacks tone and just sounds like she’s trying to power through the script..Score: 4/5

Superb presentation of a riveting story!Before the trial episodes, this was already one of my favourite podcasts. Researched and written to an high standard it is presented in a beautifully measured way revealing a sensational story in a wonderfully clinical style. With the standard of the original series, it is astounding the the reprise editions for the trial in no way disappoint. If anything I am more gripped now than in the original series. This is the standard by which podcasts covering news stories should be judged..Score: 5/5

Fascinating subject poorly presentationRule #1 of podcasting - do not insult the intelligence of the listener. Apparently veni, vidi, vici is Latin, who’d have thought? Secondly don’t talk to your listener as if to a small child where you need to repeat the complicated stuff that you gave out half an our ago. Remember sentient adults are listening. And really - bleeping out a bit of emphatic conversational swearing?.Score: 3/5

Read the bookI picked up on this after reading “Bad Blood”. The book is obviously more detailed but equally as damning of what is an enormous fraud. The two in conjunction work well.Score: 5/5

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Great but....Great podcast but it cuts off awkwardly mid-sentence near the end at almost all the episodes..Score: 4/5

Well doneThis was a very engaging podcast that had me hooked from the start..Score: 5/5

Best everBest podcast I’ve ever listened to. Phenomenal, especially for those who love medical based podcasts.Score: 5/5

WowAddicted!!! Great listen !!.Score: 5/5

Rly good!Excellent!!! I listened to the whole thing in one day- it was extremely compelling. I will say there are occasionally weird SFX in the background that make it difficult to concentrate on the interviews (almost like the buzzing of a phone) but they happen rarely enough that I could ignore it..Score: 5/5

Like bingeing a really good Netflix show!Thank you for making this and to anyone reading this, listen!.Score: 5/5

GREAT but...I really enjoyed listening, but every episode had large gaps in audio. A couple minutes of complete silence. Really threw me off at first - thought it was just the first episode. Was surprised that the level of reporting had that error..Score: 4/5

FascinatingExtremely well written and well told. A terrifying story and one of the most addictive podcasts I’ve ever listened to..Score: 5/5

A very important lesson to be learnedHow do so many people with money do so little to understand what they investing in? This story uncovers one of the most embarrassing episodes of the current age..Score: 5/5

The Drop OutExcellent podcast. Well done!.Score: 5/5

Great work!What a well written and spoken story of the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes. In the end I was struck by how cheating investors and media still came before patients (lawyer for the investors). That there told me that this could happen again. Kudos to the Stanford professor encouraging students to learn in humanities and arts also instead of focusing on money and business only. Both have a place and usually in combination..Score: 5/5

Loved itGreat coverage. Wanted more details after watching the Netflix doc and got them. Just wanted it to keep going..Score: 5/5

Excellent production from ABCLoved most episodes but got lost around “The Whistleblower” episode..Score: 5/5

AwesomeSo interesting! Loved it.Score: 5/5

Well doneNarrated well without sensationalizing the story. Take a shot every time Elizabeth Holmes says “I don’t remember specifically”. She may need a cognitive test for literally running a company while apparently in a coma..Score: 5/5

Great podcast!Such a crazy story. Very well told in the podcast. Great information..Score: 5/5

ExceptionalA podcast I will be comparing all others too! Amazing production, reporting and curation..Score: 5/5

RepetitiveIts good but extremely repetitive. The same characters talking about the same thing on almost every episode. It too diluted..Score: 3/5

TheranosAs I had read “Bad Blood” many years ago I Immensely enjoyed this series.I hope you will continue to update as a trial continues..Score: 4/5

So goodMy mum sent me the link to this because she’d been enjoying it. I managed to listen to all the episodes at one day because once I started I couldn’t stop! So good.Score: 5/5

So greatConcise and interesting!! I love it..Score: 5/5

Enthralling story, lacking substantive talentThis is a really riveting story but as others have mentioned there’s not a great deal of new insights that shed light on who the central protagonist really is and whether / or not and why she committed fraud. None of Holmes, Sunny and her inner circle were interviewed for the podcast. However unlikely that might be, its hard to substantiate a podcast, especially based around such a mysterious figure, without an insight from one person who has a genuine personal relationship with the protagonist. There were no dissenting views in favour of Holmes other than the general sentiment that everyone so wanted this breakthrough in health tech to be true. It’s also a great case study of the worth of critically examining the dangers of group think. Her curated narrative is so powerful precisely because she’s a woman. The idea that a fearless female entrepreneur could solve major gaps in the health industry no less, is such a perfect storm of timing and circumstances. Playing into female notions of nurturing and care is prevalent in this case that she was able to emotionally exploit millions of people to such extreme lengths. I wonder how long the saga would have gone on if it were a male entrepreneur at the helm with the same utterly glaring deficiencies in the business model...? Without the powerful narrative that everyone hoped would be true, I suspect it would have been comparatively short lived..Score: 3/5

PhenomenalIncredible story of fraud, greed,arrogance, blind faith and investigative journalism. As a physician I listened to this wondering how so many could be hoodwinked without asking for the science but then again I never met Elizabeth. Well worth a listen!.Score: 5/5

Loved it! Could not stop listening.Wow, what an unexpected surprise. Will be really interesting to find out about her future..Score: 5/5

Very GoodIf you love a story where greedy, arrogant insiders lose millions of dollars this will work for you..Score: 4/5

Great PodcastI throughly enjoyed this podcast. Not only is it an interesting story, the way it’s told and overall production was very well done. Sad that it’s over but can’t wait for updates on this case.Score: 5/5

Missing audioThe central part of most episodes, between the two ad breaks, is totally missing audio, I've tried reloading it a couple of times.Score: 5/5

Best podcast everSo sad this podcast is finished. It was riveting..Score: 5/5

Medical historyThe only reason I had any context about this show is because of Sawbones 😂.Score: 4/5

Great!Excellent, eye opening, entertaining, educational..Score: 5/5

❤️❤️❤️Love this podcast! Such an insane story, and such a great host!.Score: 5/5

Unbelievably amazingI’ve never been able to get into podcasts but this one has me HOOKED! I need another season! love, love, LOVED!.Score: 5/5

Amazing story and so well done podcast!Listen to a lot of podcasts however this one is best of best! The story is incredible and with interviews and voice tapes of Elizabeth this is one great podcast!!.Score: 5/5

The Dropout-Passing JudgementAfter listening to episode 6 I realize why I dislike the media so much. This podcast has already convicted Elizabeth Holmes even though her trial isn’t until 2021..Score: 3/5

SO GOODI want another season! Can’t get enough.Score: 5/5

Incredible show!I can’t say enough good things about The Drop Out. Well researched, interesting interviews and the host does a fantastic job altogether!!.Score: 5/5

BoringI’ve listened to a LOT of podcasts and this one bored me. A long time talking and interviewing to say the same thing (she lied) repeatedly and in great, painstaking detail. I didn’t know anything about Holmes or Theranos before and I still didn’t find this to be very enlightening or revealing..Score: 3/5

ExcellentVery well done. Thank you 😊😊.Score: 5/5

It’s good….butThis is a great podcast but they repeat the same information over and over again. Upon listening to it from the start I was wondering why they have played the same clips, sometimes once every episode. Were they not able to gather enough material for the episode? Regardless of the repetition, the info is good. The interviewer is good and the way it is all put together is very well done. It’s worth listening to..Score: 4/5

The best podcast about an insane personThe Podcast host and team deliver a fantastic production of the life and trial of Holmes. I cannot stop listening, thank you!.Score: 5/5

CaptivantExcellent balado relatant le procès d’Elizabeth Holmes. Bien réalisé. On attend avec impatience les nouveaux épisodes !.Score: 5/5

Great podcast!This podcast tells an intriguing story, of the rise and fall of a young entrepreneur and medical business, in an engaging way. I like the interviews from a variety of people that were involved with Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos..Score: 4/5

Troubling!Excellent podcast!.Score: 5/5

Ends up feeling like a hit pieceThis podcast irritated me on multiple levels. First, there’s nothing new here. Everything that’s reported in this podcast has been reported before, with one notable exception that I’ll get into shortly. Second, they didn’t get access to any of the key players in the situation and repeatedly used that as an excuse for the lack of balance in the narrative. “We asked for comment but didn’t get any” is the laziest possible way to say “There’s probably another side to this but we don’t know it.” Third, why the heck does Holmes’ voice get referenced in every episode? Sure, it’s an interesting point of reference in the character sketch they put together. But the podcast seems to think it’s the most important piece of evidence in the case. Every time an interviewee mentions her voice the reporter circles back around on it to make sure it’s really highlighted. For a reporter to care that much about something so superficial is one thing. For tape of it to survive the editing process for every episode is just baffling. Fourth, and honestly this is the part that prompted me to even write this review, the final episode descends into pop psychology, innuendo, and loose speculation. The interview with an acquaintance from her private school - who describes herself as not really knowing Holmes or what she was all about beyond a surface level - is given the first 7 minutes to set the stage for the grand finale. The segment is treated as though this interviewee was a huge get for the reporter. Revelations about Holmes’s voice are again prominently featured. A story about a Grade 6 girl finishing last in every race is turned into a dramatic spike with laugh-out-loud results. “What was driving this girl? Ambition? Delusion?” The reporter then doubles down and highlights this revelation as a turning point in the podcast team’s whole picture of Holmes! The interview with the acquaintance descends into even baser supposition from there. This is an important story poorly and cheaply told, in the end. The possibility that Holmes really did believe in the vision for her product and was not just a bully trying to get Steve Jobs famous is not explored. More time is spent talking about black turtlenecks than about the potential culpability of the illustrious board members. Not a single dissenting opinion on Theranos as a workplace was presented. To me, these omissions, intentional or not, add up to a series that’s little more than a TMZ-style hit piece on an easy, defeated target..Score: 2/5

Started off good but then really stretchedFirst couple of episodes were quite interesting, but then it becomes clear the creators were running out of material. They start interviewing tangentially related people; I don't care what meaningless things a childhood friend of Holmed has to say, or whether a psychologist thinks Holmes' fraud is inherent. Plus the podcast is clearly biased, often interrupting interviewees with opinionated takes on what they just said..Score: 2/5

Excellent True Crime that isn't murderSo many interviews, such good reporting. I had somehow never heard about any of this and am now looking forward to every Tuesday. Excellent coverage. I will follow the creators in everything they do..Score: 5/5

Worth the listen!I am so happy I stumbled upon this podcast! The delivery of this story is phenomenal, well researched, written, and put together. I would be thrilled to see more stories like this covered by the team..Score: 5/5

I couldn’t stop listening to it!!It was such an engaging story and had me captivated from the start!! I listened to the whole podcast in one sitting and loved every minute!! Such a crazy story so nicely written!! I loved it.Score: 5/5

Excellent PodcastThis podcast is very well researched. White collar crimes tend to hire lawyers and get away with a lot. This series uncovers the case and details the pending trail. The very best of crime reporting and journalistic integrity. Don’t miss an episode..Score: 5/5

IntriguingA shining example of investigative journalism. Elizabeth Holmes’ story serves as a chilling cautionary tale of systemic deception and unscrupulous business practices. Keep up the brilliant work!.Score: 4/5

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So repetitiveReally interesting story but every episode repeats a lot of content from a previous episode..Score: 2/5

Good intentions.Reckless excecutionFirst of all excellent reporting. Few stories have caught my interest. One being the “Fyre” festival where a charismatic salesman sold a concert, vacation dream only to end up being a nightmare. He’s in prison. The other is Theranos. I have been following the Theranos story for a couple of years now and find it fascinating to see. What makes it engrossing is the audacity of someone to make revolutionary claims but little to nothing to show for. Was Holmes a Pollyanna? Refusing to see the shortcomings of this device? Did she know her device did not do as she claimed it to do? Or was she living in a perpetual state of denial? I have heard the term, “fake it to make it.” Meaning playing the part to get through a task. In my field of profession, Social Work, this phrase comes up all the time for parents, who have been given certain tasks in order to reunify with their children once they were placed into protective custody. I have also heard this term used in Silicone Valley. This state of mind may work in technology but when it comes to human lives this term can be lethal. This is where I draw the line. Life is EXTREMELY precious. You just can’t “fake it” and expect it to hopefully work out at the expense of a human’s life. I believe Holmes had good intentions but the way she delivered was negligent. You just don’t tamper with peoples lives in this manner. One last statement. I have heard that woman CEOs in Silicone Valley and in general are under represented. I believe what Ms Holmes did is set back, what little progress has been made, for women, years. A shame..Score: 5/5

Great workLove the show. Made it easy to follow the story. Furious that Elizabeth was a role model. She’s trash!.Score: 4/5

Repeat repeat repeatEvery episode has 20+ minutes of repeated information. Get to the point, we listened to the previous episodes..Score: 2/5

Outstanding. Explains the Theranos Story like a movieOf the Theranos-related podcasts, this is my favorite. The storytelling is excellent and Drop Out uses the actual deposition audio and interviews from many of the people involved. Nicely done! I look forward to this every week..Score: 5/5

Peak into the griftVery interesting- very clear reporting on the trial strategies. Another reminder of how vulnerable we are to those who have no moral code..Score: 5/5

A perfect podcast…Clear, concise and detailed….Score: 5/5

Straight to the pointBest podcast covering this case.Score: 5/5

RivetingI love the reporting on this show . The experts in the fields of science , law, business , ethics , and psychology all having a take of this insane event . Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink comes to mind instantly when I think of this Elizabeth Holmes story. Only a few people trusted their instinct that a 19 year old drop out could know this much about science , technology, and business . It seems asinine and absurd that she got away with squandering 100s of millions before getting caught . What makes me more upset though about this whole story is that the commoners are footing the bill of this trial when it should be the 1 percent that pays for and tries this thief for robbing them . I mean we, the people, never had skin in this game . So why are we paying for it ? I want that to make it in this podcast ! How much is the tax payer paying for this trial ? Shouldn’t we vote on what we want to pay for ? I mean I don’t personally care one bit about Elizabeth Holmes . She is a nobody who did nothing for the world . She stole from the richer because let’s not forget she was privileged even if she wasn’t considered the 1%. Despite my disgust with the many aspects of this story and trial I impressed at how well it is presented in this podcast . Good job producers , writers , and reporters ..Score: 5/5

Very detailed and informativeI appreciate the level of work that went into this!.Score: 5/5

Background music is very annoyingBackground music is very annoying. The great content is drowned out..Score: 1/5

My First PodcastThis is the one that got me hooked on podcasts! Excellent show!.Score: 5/5

Very ProfessionalStraightforward and professional. Well reported and researched. I look forward to each new episode. After listening to other podcasts on Theronos, I stay with this one. No silliness or unnecessary comments. Hope Elizabeth gets the maximum sentence in prison.Score: 5/5

A must listen!The name Elizabeth Holmes meant nothing to me until I was 1 episode in 3 years ago! This podcasts digs deep into her personal and business life searching for answers, yet uncovering unthinkable questions. Highly recommend!.Score: 5/5

First podcast I’ve bingedHuge fan of this podcast. Just started listening recently and have binged almost the entire two seasons..Score: 5/5

Outstanding!Very well produced. Outstanding creation. Thank you for sharing this thrilling story as it evolves..Score: 5/5

Very insightful & My Words for the CriticsI loved season 1. It prompted me to become fascinated with the case, watching Alex Gibney’s “The Inventor” and other various outlet/programs covering the case and her life. The podcast host does a great job but trial coverage can be monotonous at times. She delivers facts and gets insider information. Not sure why people think they are going to be super entertained, like you can make a daily trial into a movie with just the super salacious bits. That’s not how an extensive trial works… I am here for the information on the case and how it has been presented from both sides and that is exactly what she delivers. Side note: am I the only one who finds myself cringing and wanting to yell at Holmes every time she says on a deposition: ‘I don’t know/I can’t remember’ Boils my blood. What a cop out! Also: for the whiny people talking about Ads. How do you suppose podcasts are produced free of charge to you? Upgrade to some premium version on other podcasts or simply FAST. FORWARD for like 5 seconds. Lol. These reviews make me eye roll.That is All. That felt good to get off my chest. Ok podcast people. Carry on..Score: 5/5

Is there anything new?Besides the guy speaks in a funny way, is there anything new?.Score: 3/5

AddictedI could listen to Rebecca read a menu and I’d be completely satisfied. I love everything about Theranos and it’s downfall..Score: 5/5

Great podcast covering the case of Elizabeth HolmesExcellent coverage of the case and the trial with legal expert analysis. I am not a lawyer or in the legal profession, so as someone interested in the science and in the ethical breaches of scientific investigation, I am grateful for the well balanced insights the legal experts provide. The summaries of the week’s legal proceedings are also very informative and of great interest as to how the legal profession handles a case of scientific misconduct in biotech..Score: 5/5

Can’t wait for each episodeIt would be great if Ms. Jarvis would identify herself at the top and bottom of each episode. I don’t believe she did at all in the Clients episode..Score: 4/5

Can’t wait for Tuesday’s!!!I stumbled upon the 20/20 episode and it was so interesting! The podcast is addictive the way they present the information. Can’t wait for every week for next episode to drop each week. Anyone in healthcare this is must!.Score: 5/5

FascinatingHad an 8 hour road trip and this Podcast kept my eyes on the road and so, so riveting made the drive fly..Score: 5/5

Love this podcastGreat reporting, great pacing. It’s never too chatty, always to the point with relevant information I want to hear. It’s as fair as it can be to Holmes. I got my sister and a bunch of my friends addicted to it. The story is a wild one and they do a great job of telling it ! I love the weekly updates from the trial, I look forward to Tuesdays now:) Also looove the music I think it matches perfectly..Score: 5/5

Rolls out like a great novelThe team is taking a complex situation, real characters and extensive trial and turning it all into must listen episodes. I can’t wait for every new episode. Great job!.Score: 5/5

Well done but with too many adsVery well prepared. Just a bit disillusioned by frequent ads embedded in the audio..Score: 4/5

Cannot wait for each new episodeI am a Theranos junkie. From the beginning I have been hungry for every word. Well written and produced. Satisfying..Score: 5/5

Ticking Clock Noise SO ANNOYINGGreat podcast, great trial coverage, lots of great research and information here. But it's overproduced to the point of distraction. They lay a ticking clock noise under many sound bites and interviews (WHY?) that makes it impossible to concentrate on what the commentators are saying. The percussion on the music they put under other soundbites is also annoying. Please less music and sound effects when people are talking - the show is good enough without them..Score: 3/5

Ethics on trialThe podcast is validation of John C and WJS’s amazing work at uncovering the fraud of Silicon Valley. It’s a great start to every Tuesday..Score: 5/5

Excellently PreparedThe materials are well organized and thoughtful layout to present to the audience. Very clear and easy to understand a very complex case and complicated situation. The presenter’s voice, the care of each word is pronounced, and the talking speed is another huge plus to the success this podcast. Calmly delivers a very chaotic story in a very clear voice. This is my favorite podcast so far!.Score: 5/5

AmazingWow this podcast is excellently reported and the producers are superb!!.Score: 5/5

So well doneSo glad they’re doing season 2 and covering the trial!! Excellent reporting, well produced..Score: 5/5

Really GreatI have really enjoyed listing to all of your podcast on Theranos as I lived it for prior to the launch - to right before the fall. Keep up the great and honest reporting..Score: 5/5

One-sidedVery opinionated and one sided podcast where if you don’t listen carefully your perspective is manipulated. But I did listen to most of it..Score: 1/5

Top notchFascinating story well told, in manner easy to follow on a podcast. Thorough research and well produced..Score: 5/5

Excellent, Well-Produced PodcastAbsolutely love and deeply appreciate the methodical, clear presentation of facts and expert opinions that help put the evidence, arguments, and strategies in this case into perspective. My only complaint is that the frequent ads for Brad Mielke's podcast are jarring, contrasted with the chill, detailed style of the podcast and host. They need to find better ads because my instinctive reaction to Mielke's hard sell is very negative..Score: 5/5

Excellent PodcastThis podcast is thorough and well-told. The other reviews nail why it’s so good and there’s no reason to repeat the reasons. I did not give it five stars because it relies exclusively on so-called legal experts. I have nothing against legal professionals, but having them weigh in on the direction this case is going seems almost laughable because this case will be decided by people who have no experience in the legal field. Instead, it would be cool if we heard from people who mirror as closely as possible the jurors who will decide this case. As for me, I think Holmes is toast. I doubt the jury even cares anymore about arguments from either side. Holmes lied over and over and over. That’s all that matters..Score: 4/5

Great listen.Love hearing the entire info to this trial. Full of information. Look forward to every Tuesday release..Score: 5/5

Please stop spreading misinformationIn the episode “ The General and the Patient” they kept referring to Audra Zachman, Nurse Practitioner as “Doctor” Zachman. This is a hot issue for those of us who went through medical school, residency and fellowship. Nurse practitioners are NOT doctors. We MDs have an average of 15000 hours of training, which is very competitive to even enter, is standardized and includes didactics and several steps of examinations. NPs have an average of 500 hours, is not hard to be accepted into and can be obtained online with “shadowing” arranged by the student. NPs can obtain a DNP, or doctorate of NP, but it is an administrative, not a clinical, degree. It can be obtained online and takes less than a year. Please stop spreading this kind of misinformation..Score: 3/5

Amazing JournalistNot only is this such a riveting chapter/series to follow but the journalist herself Ms Rebecca Jarvis is also very amazing to listen too, her voice is just…. I don’t know it works..Score: 5/5

The Dropout: Top Tier True Crime PodcastI can’t say enough good things about The Dropout - the best true crime storytelling since Serial . I’m a true crime junkie and this is one of my all-time favorites. Rebecca Jarvis is excellent, as is the production. I hope Rebecca and her team do more once the Holmes trial wraps..Score: 5/5

Thank you!Fantastic listen! The side interviews are great and interesting and unique to your podcast. Much Mahalo from Hawaii🌺🌝.Score: 5/5

Jaw is on the floorI am speechless right now! This podcast is unbelievable. Just when I thought I had heard it all about Elizabeth Holmes, Taylor and Rebecca hit me with The Dropout! Can’t wait to see where this dumpster fire shakes out. I wish I could binge this all at once!.Score: 5/5

Last episode has horrible upload issues11/2 episode was clearly not reviewed for submission. Last 10 minutes is riddled with connection drops and 30 second plus dead air. I expect at team with multiple producers to do better..Score: 1/5

Vocal fryThe host’s vocal fry is a huge and constant distraction. Why do so many Americans speak like this?.Score: 2/5

Engaging Story and Excellent WritingThis is an engaging and epic tale and the author does it every bit of justice it deserves. It’s all of the facts presented for the listener without the authors opinion to cloud things up. It is honestly refreshing to have the story presented in such an unbiased fashion. Thanks for the content Rebecca!.Score: 5/5

Better than Carreyrou’s podcastJust awesome!.Score: 5/5

Why so repetitive?They play the same spin bites over and over while repeating themselves equally often. Stop padding the episode. If you only have 30 minutes then go with it, don’t insult the listener with the unnecessary..Score: 2/5

Elizabeth’s grammar“..those ones on the website…” Elizabeth Holmes Impressive (lol).Score: 5/5

VOICELove her voice, makes it great listening experience when the voice is crisp clear.Score: 5/5

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Unbelievable story told very wellLove this podcast and the way the story is being told. As someone who didn’t know much about what was going on the detail is great!.Score: 5/5

AddictiveLoved how this was done!.Score: 5/5

Didn’t think I’d like this but it exceeded expectations😍.Score: 5/5

Quality productionFascinating story, always look forward to the next episode.Score: 4/5

Amazing journalismWell done - great listening.Score: 5/5

AwesomeAwesome listen, well put together.Score: 5/5

Enjoyed but please fix errorI’ve just listened and each episode there is several minutes of dead silent air after the ad. Don’t know if the ad block has updated? It’s weird ! Story and reporting is excellent really enjoyed..Score: 5/5

Shorter than expectedI guess it had nowhere to really go after getting the different perspectives of people who knew her and the fraud she was committing. It’s a fascinating character examination and shows how people create their own ‘reality distortion field’ for better or worse. I wish it was told in a more serialised way, I was left wondering - how Walgreens didn’t realise sooner and how they did realise after all that the instruments weren’t actually performing any tests... like was there just someone under the desk that would wisk the blood samples away? More explanation of the devices would have been interesting.Score: 4/5

Love itSuch a well produced podcast. Better than the John carreyou one.Score: 5/5

A brilliant easy listenThis podcast was a great listen, easy to follow but not too complicated. Factual and unbiased. A great listen!.Score: 5/5

Wow!Elizabeth Holmes’s story is one of the most bizarre tales I’ve heard in a long time.Score: 5/5

Not good at allDidn’t find this podcast very good at all. I stopped listening after this podcast interviewed a teenage girl doing an assignment on the trial - what does that have to do with Theranos?!?!? It’s like they’re desperate to fill “airtime” with any old fluff. Someone else who stopped listening said she got turned off after they interviewed an academic who made super-obvious observations. (I believe this academic was interviewed on TV as well, saying the same things.) The other podcast with the WSJ journo is MUCH better - more intelligent and insightful..Score: 1/5

FascinatingAbsolutely fascinating and so interesting to see how people get sucked in by their desire to change the world. Shows a narcissist at heart who managed to convince a lot of smart people. And now the denials about what they have done...I hope that justice is served..Score: 5/5

The unknown dropoutThanks for a fantastic podcast. Unknown to me, I can’t wait to hear the outcome of her trial..Score: 5/5

Great but drags onStarts out well before becoming a long drawn and out series. September/October 2021 seems to be the ‘I’ve ran out of things to discuss’ period..Score: 3/5

Interested throughoutKept me interested till the very last episode- can’t wait to hear the outcome.Score: 5/5

Running out of contentSept 2021 episodes seem to be scraping the bottom of the barrel for content. Lots of rehashing, repeated material audio from the earlier deposition as the producers cannot record inside the courtroom. It started off well. But they appear to have hit a bit of a content iceberg..Score: 2/5

Compulsory listeningAnother great case study into the “fake till you make it” mentality, which seems to be so prevalent in the US..Score: 5/5

Addictive!Not only an addictive story but fascinating to consider the psychology of someone with that much chutzpah to continually lie to people of influence, audiences, media, investors. Absolutely unbelievable. Loved the podcast and the way the story was told. Highly recommend..Score: 5/5

Love itLoved this podcast in 2019 and loving the new episodes just as much!.Score: 5/5

WildThis podcast was great I binged listened then sent it to everyone I know who would love it and I’m getting the same reviews back! Just wow..Score: 5/5

Quality podcastBinged the whole series- loved it..Score: 5/5

You’ve still got me hooked!Ah the trial updates are fascinating! Having lived with a young sociopathic ‘entrepreneur’ type in my 20s, I’m constantly reminded of her highly strategical behaviour when hearing about Elizabeth Holmes. It’s so satisfying hearing that the prosecution has been strong from the start, lets hope it stays that way! Thanks for keeping us informed, having listened to other podcasts about this I find this one the least confusing and really easy to follow..Score: 5/5

Binged until the end!Such a fabulous podcast! Binged- listened until the end. Fascinating and remarkable! Great investigation on what was essentially the biggest medical fraud of our time. How can people be so enamoured with such a woman?! She thought she could pull it off. Definitely worth a listen. 5 stars!!!!.Score: 5/5

Couldn’t stop listeningThis is an incredulous tale of what a person can do to achieve fame and the measures they take to convince so many. Perhaps the greatest con artist who ever lived. A must podcast by Wondery..Score: 5/5

FascinatingI was hooked from the very first episode. This story shares so much about human nature, what attracts us to success, and how the line between striving for world shaping innovation and selling misinformation is a fine one indeed. The way this all unravels is beautiful and chaotic and I couldn’t look away. Excellent work, thank you for a quality podcast..Score: 5/5

Hook Line BingedThis was the podcast that hooked me into pods, a very pleasant first experience. Listened to the whole thing while driving long legs in Australia, perfect!.Score: 5/5

The Drop OutAnother should-be-good podcast ruined by over the top intrusive “foreground music”. Not only is the music clangorous and unhelpfully loud, but also voices in the primary soundtrack are frequently upstaged by voices in a “background” track..Score: 3/5

Must listen!Fantastic podcast great journalism with a lovely clear voice to share such an important story. Look forward to the updates on The Drop Out.Score: 5/5

Brilliant SeriesTotally captivated by this series and the fall of Holmes..Score: 5/5

5 Star ListeningSuch a good podcast, I couldn’t put my phone down!.Score: 5/5

Great podcastAddictive podcast!! Really well done!!.Score: 5/5

Compelling listeningGood production and well researched topic. I’d never heard of Theranos but now I have. Another case of money buys privilege and possibly justice..Score: 5/5

Thank youGreat Journalism. I loved the structure of this podcast, it kept me focussed without my mind trailing off..Score: 5/5

Finished all episodes in one day. More plsA great podcast series you can’t stop listening to..Score: 5/5

Loving it every bitI love in-depth analysis and gradual slow-burn-feel with nitty-gritty details the podcasts reveals. Best podcasts on Theranos Fall..Score: 5/5

RivetingThis was truly brilliant story telling....Score: 5/5

The Drop OutI found this a fascinating story..Score: 5/5

Binged itSo well produced and interesting. Thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait for the next instalments.Score: 5/5

Wow.. Elizabeth is such an epic nobody.I actually feel sorry for her. This podcast is ok, just a story about lie,lie,lie then damage control by denial and more lying. American capitalism on show..Score: 4/5

AngelVery interesting and informative podcast!! Could not stop listening!!.Score: 5/5

Interesting storyWell researched and put together..Score: 5/5

Love itCan’t get enough!!.Score: 5/5

Very well researchedLove it.Score: 5/5

Love the Podcast but Technical Error?I’m really enjoying the series, the story is super interesting, however in every episode I’ve listened to so far (5 eps) I am getting minutes of silence at the end of a Warby Parker ad. I end up having to press skip continuously, until eventually a tiny snippet of the end of the ad plays and the next one starts. Have tried listening on a few different apps and have experienced it everywhere. Love it apart from this weird gap..Score: 4/5

Near drivelIf this is the standard of US journalism, it’s no wonder the scam sucked in the credulous and greedy. Why doesn’t it occur to the podcast to ask why the scam operated in the top ranks of society? Why isn’t, for example, Stanford utterly humiliated by its cupidity, hyperbole and brainless enabling of criminality?.Score: 1/5

Slurp it upSip on that tub girl juice.Score: 5/5

Witch-hunt.Very interesting topic but the journalist just seems to be on a relentless witch-hunt. Lots of Interviews with disgruntled employees, who can be found in any organisation. The journalist also seems to have very limited experience in the business world and venture capital so lots of filtering needed when listening..Score: 1/5

Great JournalismAwesome podcast. I couldn’t stop until I listened all episodes..Score: 5/5

Great storytelling. Interesting listenI really appreciated the interviews with ex staff that really painted a picture of the next-level deception of their product, and an unhealthy corporate culture trapping so many people..Score: 4/5

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The Dropout Podcast Episodes

The Prosecution Rests & Elizabeth Speaks

In a monumental week in the trial of United States v. Elizabeth A. Holmes, the prosecution introduced its final week of witnesses before resting its case. Among them, a patient who received troubling results from a Theranos HIV test and a journalist whose damaging interviews with Elizabeth were played for the first time in court. And in a literal final-hour shocker, the defense called Elizabeth Holmes to the stand. Did the government bring its case home? Did Elizabeth begin to sway the jury?

The Beginning of the End

In this episode, we hear from two Theranos lab directors -- one who never met Elizabeth or stepped foot into the company’s lab, another who ultimately voided more than 50,000 Theranos tests after a damning government inspection. And we hear from an irate investor who says Elizabeth Holmes cut off communication with him when he asked for basic information about the company. Plus, 10 weeks into the trial, with only 24 witnesses out of a possible 181 on the government’s initial list having taken the stand, we hear a surprising update from prosecutor Jeffrey Schenk: This week might be the prosecution’s last before it rests its case.  


Nine weeks into the criminal trial of Elizabeth Holmes, we’ve heard from dozens of witnesses -- Elizabeth’s colleagues, board members, investors, clients, scientists, accountants and corporate executives. It's impossible not to feel the repetition. We learn that a fake Pfizer memo wasn’t the only document Theranos falsified, and we’re introduced to a man with deep connections to many of the central players in Elizabeth’s orbit. Patterns in the prosecution’s questioning are beginning to become clear, and experts show us it’s all part of a greater plan. 

The Investors

This week, we hear from high-profile companies and individuals who invested millions of dollars into Theranos, the prosecution reiterating that these investments were made on the basis of what they say was a pattern of misinformation, exaggeration and outright lies coming from Elizabeth Holmes herself. And we hear from a Pfizer scientist who speaks to the supposedly doctored Pfizer document that Theranos showed investors to help lure them in.  

The Therabros

This week, we got a peek into how things at Theranos could at times be a full-on family affair. Elizabeth recruited her brother Christian to the company. He, in turn, recruited five of his Delta Tau Delta fraternity brothers to join him. The group would come to be known as “The Therabros.” We hear from one Therabro who would rise to the rank of Elizabeth’s lead of strategic operations. He interacted with VIP investors, board members, military officials and business partners, and revealed to the court what the government says was a disturbing pattern of misinformation. 

The Clients

Theranos’ biggest clients, Walgreens and Safeway, are on the stand this week, testifying to what exactly they say they were told before signing multimillion-dollar deals with the blood testing startup. In email exchanges, text messages and board presentations, the prosecution paints a picture of deception while the defense claims the industry giants should’ve known better. Plus, we hear from Sunny Balwani’s dermatologist of 15 years, who happened to also become Theranos’ lab director.

Crime and Punishment

This week, two jurors ask to be excused, citing stress around punishment and the responsibilities in deciding the future of Elizabeth Holmes. A young woman, with unusual ties to this case, gives her perspective as a trial observer, and a veteran Silicon Valley investor puts the Theranos saga in larger context. 

Sounding the Alarm

This week, we hear some shocking insights from a former Theranos lab director who says he tried to stop the train before it ran off the tracks. From failing machines to a lack of proficiency testing, he tells of the pressure he felt to vouch for tests while maintaining his integrity as a lab director. And he describes how he says he tried to delay the Walgreens launch, pleading with a “nervous” Elizabeth, who went forward nonetheless. But does an aggressive and lengthy cross-examination undermine his claims?

The General and the Patient

This week, a high-profile witness from Elizabeth’s superstar board of directors surprises the courtroom by taking the stand: 4-star general and former U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis. He speaks of being dazzled by the potential of Theranos’ devices on the battlefield and the disillusionment he felt when the full story came to light. Plus, we meet a patient whose Theranos test results led to a terrifying ordeal. 

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