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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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What Now?

What Now?

2019-02-2700:39:31108

As Elizabeth Holmes awaits a criminal trial, how is she spending her days? A former employee who had a chance encounter tells us some surprising new details about just that, while an old classmate emerges to share some insight into her past. Plus former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara shares his analysis on Elizabeth's potential legal fate...and then there's Balto. Support this podcast with a review: http://bit.ly/2REHEs9====================Recommended listening:-- No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis: Rebecca speaks to bold and influential women about their paths to success, their choices and tradeoffs along the way, and their pitfalls and lessons learned. Conversations focus on practical advice and never-before-shared wisdom from across industries. Plus, Rebecca always asks her signature question "What's the worst advice you've ever received?" Apple Podcasts: http://abcn.ws/nolimits | Google Podcasts: http://bit.ly/2Uc8Dbo-- Start Here: The daily 20-minute news podcast from ABC News. Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2pvq8Ws | Google Podcasts: http://bit.ly/2JZSK70-- Nightline: Listen to full episodes of ABC News' award-winning late-night news program. Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2Dq57Ew | Google Podcasts: http://bit.ly/2HEg7mb====================The Dropout is produced by Rebecca Jarvis, Victoria Thompson, and Taylor Dunn and is a product of ABC News Nightline & ABC Radio. More info: http://www.abcnewspodcasts.com
The Downfall

The Downfall

2019-02-2000:43:12128

Elizabeth Holmes, once the darling of Silicon Valley, is under a different kind of spotlight. Now under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission, she is forced to answer tough questions under oath. The claims that Elizabeth had been repeating over and over again to the public, investors, doctors and her board are under fire; the woman who once had all the answers, suddenly seems to have none. And for the first time, the lawyer for former Theranos COO, Sunny Balwani, speaks out, providing a glimpse into his defense. Support this podcast with a review: http://bit.ly/2REHEs9====================Recommended listening:-- No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis: Rebecca speaks to bold and influential women about their paths to success, their choices and tradeoffs along the way, and their pitfalls and lessons learned. Conversations focus on practical advice and never-before-shared wisdom from across industries. Plus, Rebecca always asks her signature question "What's the worst advice you've ever received?" Apple Podcasts: http://abcn.ws/nolimits | Google Podcasts: http://bit.ly/2Uc8Dbo-- Start Here: The daily 20-minute news podcast from ABC News. Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2pvq8Ws | Google Podcasts: http://bit.ly/2JZSK70-- Nightline: Listen to full episodes of ABC News' award-winning late-night news program. Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2Dq57Ew | Google Podcasts: http://bit.ly/2HEg7mb====================The Dropout is produced by Rebecca Jarvis, Victoria Thompson, and Taylor Dunn and is a product of ABC News Nightline & ABC Radio. More info: http://www.abcnewspodcasts.com
The Whistleblower

The Whistleblower

2019-02-1300:45:23138

With Theranos technology now being used by real customers, many employees are at a breaking point. They are horrified by what they believe to be widespread deception and dangerous practices, but Theranos has implemented increasingly extreme measures to stop them from speaking out. As the threat of litigation lingers, one brave and unlikely whistleblower, with close ties to Elizabeth Holmes and the board of directors, emerges.Support this podcast with a review: http://bit.ly/2REHEs9====================Recommended listening:-- No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis: Rebecca speaks to bold and influential women about their paths to success, their choices and tradeoffs along the way, and their pitfalls and lessons learned. Conversations focus on practical advice and never-before-shared wisdom from across industries. Plus, Rebecca always asks her signature question "What's the worst advice you've ever received?" Apple Podcasts: http://abcn.ws/nolimits | Google Podcasts: http://bit.ly/2Uc8Dbo-- Start Here: The daily 20-minute news podcast from ABC News. Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2pvq8Ws | Google Podcasts: http://bit.ly/2JZSK70-- Nightline: Listen to full episodes of ABC News' award-winning late-night news program. Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2Dq57Ew | Google Podcasts: http://bit.ly/2HEg7mb====================The Dropout is produced by Rebecca Jarvis, Victoria Thompson, and Taylor Dunn and is a product of ABC News Nightline & ABC Radio. More info: http://www.abcnewspodcasts.com
A Star is Born

A Star is Born

2019-02-0600:44:12128

Elizabeth becomes a celebrity as Theranos breaks out of stealth mode and onto the main stage. The media can't get enough, and neither can many investors as Theranos Wellness Centers start popping up at Walgreens. To take advantage of the moment, Elizabeth spends millions on advertising, recruiting the same agency as Apple and even an Oscar-winning director. But real patients are now getting Theranos tests, and for some the results are shocking.Support this podcast with a review: http://bit.ly/2REHEs9====================Recommended listening:-- No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis: Rebecca speaks to bold and influential women about their paths to success, their choices and tradeoffs along the way, and their pitfalls and lessons learned. Conversations focus on practical advice and never-before-shared wisdom from across industries. Plus, Rebecca always asks her signature question "What's the worst advice you've ever received?" Apple Podcasts: http://abcn.ws/nolimits | Google Podcasts: http://bit.ly/2Uc8Dbo-- Start Here: The daily 20-minute news podcast from ABC News. Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2pvq8Ws | Google Podcasts: http://bit.ly/2JZSK70-- Nightline: Listen to full episodes of ABC News' award-winning late-night news program. Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2Dq57Ew | Google Podcasts: http://bit.ly/2HEg7mb====================The Dropout is produced by Rebecca Jarvis, Victoria Thompson, and Taylor Dunn and is a product of ABC News Nightline & ABC Radio. More info: http://www.abcnewspodcasts.com
The Enforcer

The Enforcer

2019-01-3000:41:08148

Elizabeth brings on an unexpected character as her right-hand man at Theranos and it turns out they are hiding a big secret. They strike a monumental deal with Walgreens that could potentially put millions of lives at risk while insiders say a culture of fear and intimidation at the company leads to incredible tragedy.Support this podcast with a review: http://bit.ly/2REHEs9====================Recommended listening:-- No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis: Rebecca speaks to bold and influential women about their paths to success, their choices and tradeoffs along the way, and their pitfalls and lessons learned. Conversations focus on practical advice and never-before-shared wisdom from across industries. Plus, Rebecca always asks her signature question "What's the worst advice you've ever received?" Apple Podcasts: http://abcn.ws/nolimits | Google Podcasts: http://bit.ly/2Uc8Dbo-- Start Here: The daily 20-minute news podcast from ABC News. Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2pvq8Ws | Google Podcasts: http://bit.ly/2JZSK70-- Nightline: Listen to full episodes of ABC News' award-winning late-night news program. Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2Dq57Ew | Google Podcasts: http://bit.ly/2HEg7mb====================The Dropout is produced by Rebecca Jarvis, Victoria Thompson, and Taylor Dunn and is a product of ABC News Nightline & ABC Radio. More info: http://www.abcnewspodcasts.com
Myth-Making

Myth-Making

2019-01-2300:47:03253

On the premiere episode of The Dropout, you'll meet a young Elizabeth Holmes. Convinced of her own destiny even as a young child, she would come to drop out of Stanford in her late teens, intending to mold herself after the great tech icons of our time. Her obsession with Steve Jobs -- down to his signature black turtlenecks -- would become particularly pronounced as she launched her company Theranos.Support this podcast with a review: http://bit.ly/2REHEs9====================Recommended listening:-- No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis: Rebecca speaks to bold and influential women about their paths to success, their choices and tradeoffs along the way, and their pitfalls and lessons learned. Conversations focus on practical advice and never-before-shared wisdom from across industries. Plus, Rebecca always asks her signature question "What's the worst advice you've ever received?" Apple Podcasts: http://abcn.ws/nolimits | Google Podcasts: http://bit.ly/2Uc8Dbo-- Start Here: The daily 20-minute news podcast from ABC News. Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2pvq8Ws | Google Podcasts: http://bit.ly/2JZSK70-- Nightline: Listen to full episodes of ABC News' award-winning late-night news program. Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2Dq57Ew | Google Podcasts: http://bit.ly/2HEg7mb====================The Dropout is produced by Rebecca Jarvis, Victoria Thompson, and Taylor Dunn and is a product of ABC News Nightline & ABC Radio. More info: http://www.abcnewspodcasts.com
The Dropout tells the story of the rise and fall of former Silicon Valley darling Elizabeth Holmes, the youngest self-made female billionaire. She dropped out of Stanford to launch her company Theranos -- claiming her technology could detect hundreds of diseases from a drop or two of blood. If it worked, she would have changed healthcare forever. But today, Elizabeth Holmes is under criminal indictment. She pleaded not guilty, but is facing up to 20 years in prison on wire fraud charges. So how did it all come crashing down? In exclusive interviews with former employees, investors and patients, and in and never-before-heard depositions from the people at the center of this story -- including Holmes herself -- you'll hear an unbelievable story of fame and ambition gone terribly wrong.
Comments (114)

Scrone Ferreira

Nothing gets my blood boiling quite like a lawyer spinning a yarn

May 22nd
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Cassie

how the hell does she think lowering her voice like that is good?! i cant stand listening to her

May 22nd
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Yang Yu

love this podcast!!! Binged listening all the week!!!

May 14th
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Amanda Hannon

way too many advertisements in this podcast...3 in a row throughout the actual show...not good

May 1st
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Santiago Mendoza

.. BBC. BBC nb

Apr 30th
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Steven Moreno

Greed makes people blind to reality.

Apr 24th
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Faranak Javaheri

wonderfullllllll podcast and storytelling

Apr 20th
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Sherria Williams

Only in AmeriKKKa are you able to scam people out of billions of dollars and serve NO time. WTH!!

Apr 20th
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Tara Mapes

Sherria Williams She's currently facing 20 years for fraud charges--how does her right to a trial make America--- AmeriKKa? AND... I'm presuming you never heard of Madoff, Rigas, Koslowski, Belfort....research--its a good thing. Spewing uninformed hatred...not a good thing.

May 6th
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KC

Chicks.

Apr 18th
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Pickle Head

Hmmmm fishy business 🐟

Apr 9th
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Faranak Javaheri

beautiful report.. loved it

Apr 5th
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JStone

I cannot listen to this voice...I'm out.

Apr 3rd
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Rich

JStone Oh wow. We were all wondering your opinion on the matter 🙄

Apr 11th
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Autumn Hutchins

Ugh the take on this podcast is horrible. She was just an overly ambitious person who accidentally got in over her head and fooled "smart" people like Betsy DeVos??? Nothing about her life of privilege, nothing about her father's connection with Enron, nothing about these vulture corporations pulling this shit regularly? She's just a scammer like the rest.

Apr 1st
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Oladele Olabisi

They are working 16 hour days on what!?

Apr 1st
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idi poyotte

NBC v nm. l mb.m nm.v

Mar 29th
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idi poyotte

NBC v nm. l mb.m nm.v

Mar 29th
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CJ

what bothers me the most is, how is she just going about her life like nothing happened. She's about to get married? Are you freaking kidding me? This didn't even affect me and I'm super pissed...

Mar 28th
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CJ

CJ This is the perfect example of investors acting like lemmings. They literally followed each other off a cliff on this one hahaha

Mar 28th
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Cynthia Brown

CJ crazy story. It made me wonder how many so-call changemakers are just as horrible as #ElizabethHolmes . Ivy league schools + a silver tongue + a charming face = millions and millions dollars from no-time-for-investigating investors.

Mar 28th
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Andre Webb

Great reporting. Thank you for sharing this story

Mar 28th
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Yuhan Bao

Andre Webb Great podcast! crazy story. It makes me wonder how many so-call changemakers are just as horrible as Elizabeth Holmes. ivy league schools + a silver tongue + charming face + good story = boom mililions and millions dollars from investors.

Mar 28th
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Paul Ryan

The synthetic interviews are very outputting. The reaction, "wow", to an obviously prerecorded conversation is too insincere.

Mar 27th
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Michael Jakubowicz

wonderful example of how much blind faith everyone has in pedigrees

Mar 26th
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