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In the second season of Verified, Host Natasha Del Toro and the Verified team again ask tough questions about whom we trust and why. This time, they’re investigating whether a group of women developed ovarian cancer from dusting their bodies with Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder—an iconic brand associated with innocence and comfort since the 1800s. One woman's mysterious illness snowballs into thousands of court cases, claiming that baby powder is to blame for their cancer. Verified: Dust Up is the story of a trusted brand’s fight to convince consumers and regulators that baby powder is safe while minimizing the work of the scientists who claim it is not. Verified follows this decades-long journey to ask: Could a product so many of us have in our medicine cabinets be putting us at risk? Hear more great stories about complicated people from Witness Docs at witnesspodcasts.com.
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A whistleblower emerges who takes calls from women who worry that they also got sick from baby powder. The Verified team uncovers how Johnson & Johnson sowed doubt about the science, influenced testing, and came up with language that obfuscated the danger of talc to women. Support the show: https://www.stitcher.com/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Allen and his legal partners take on another lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson. It exposes J&J marketing campaigns that encouraged women to use talc for personal hygiene, even after the safety of talc was in question. Support the show: https://www.stitcher.com/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In the 1970s and 80s, scientists and regulators try to better understand the safety of talcum powder. They study whether talc itself caused cancer, and whether it contains asbestos, a known carcinogen. Johnson & Johnson follows their research very closely. Support the show: https://www.stitcher.com/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dust Up | E3 The Trial

Dust Up | E3 The Trial

2020-11-0238:582

It’s finally time for Berg v. Johnson & Johnson to go to trial. The jury must weigh conflicting testimony from experts on each side about the safety of talc. And then, they come to a surprising—and strange—decision. Support the show: https://www.stitcher.com/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Deane and Allen file the first lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, alleging a connection between talc and ovarian cancer. The company vigorously defends the safety of its product, but Deane is determined to warn other women. Support the show: https://www.stitcher.com/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
When physician assistant Deane Berg is diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she starts trying to figure out why she got sick—and finds an unlikely partner to help her investigation. Support the show: https://www.stitcher.com/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
An update on developments in Dino Maglio’s case from Giulio, Cecilia, and Alessia, the reporters of IRPI. They tell us what it’s like to hear seven years of work culminate in an immersive podcast. Stay tuned for a debut excerpt from our new season, "Verified: Dust Up" coming October 19th to Stitcher Premium, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen. Support the show: https://www.stitcher.com/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Hear the powerful words of three more women of ‘Verified,’ Alyssa, Olga and Anna, as they reflect on justice and resilience. Support the show: https://www.stitcher.com/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
As we prepare to release our new season, "Verified: Dust Up" on October 19th, we have unfinished business with season one. In this first of three update episodes, you'll hear directly from two women in our story: Eileen, who makes a stirring case for restorative justice, and Kate, who is healing herself by reclaiming her own story. Support the show: https://www.stitcher.com/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
After years of fighting for justice, the final day of the trial arrives. Maria, Kate and the reporters come together to hear whether or not the judges will convict Dino. The emotional and legal ramifications of the decision are huge. But is this story over?  Need help? You're not alone. Confidential help is available for free. National Sexual Assault Hotline Call 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE) - 24 hours everyday.  Support the show: https://www.stitcher.com/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
S1 | E9 Photograph

S1 | E9 Photograph

2020-04-1331:272

Kate and Maria prepare to return to Padua for the final chapter of the trial. But before they can get there, they learn some terrifying news.  Need help? You're not alone. Confidential help is available for free. National Sexual Assault Hotline Call 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE) - 24 hours everyday.  Support the show: https://www.stitcher.com/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
S1 | E8 Testify

S1 | E8 Testify

2020-04-0638:044

The women and the reporters travel as Dino is held to account for his crimes.The women finally get to face their abuser in court.  Need help? You're not alone. Confidential help is available for free. National Sexual Assault Hotline Call 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE) - 24 hours everyday. Support the show: https://www.stitcher.com/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
S1 | E7 Couchsurfing

S1 | E7 Couchsurfing

2020-03-3035:574

Couchsurfing was founded with an ethos of free exchange and communal values. It now boasts millions of users worldwide. But what happens when something goes wrong? Who pays the price? Need help? You're not alone. Confidential help is available for free. National Sexual Assault Hotline Call 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE) - 24 hours everyday. Support the show: https://www.stitcher.com/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
S1 | E6 The Abyss

S1 | E6 The Abyss

2020-03-2338:263

Belinda kicks the Italian justice system into high gear. The Couchsurfing cop is now under investigation. But even the officers assigned to the case are shocked at what they uncover next. Need help? You're not alone. Confidential help is available for free. National Sexual Assault Hotline Call 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE) - 24 hours everyday. Support the show: https://www.stitcher.com/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
S1 | E5 Belinda

S1 | E5 Belinda

2020-03-1630:515

Belinda is a single mom on a budget. When she takes her two daughters on a trip to Italy, she's drawn into Leonardo's web of deceit. But this time, he's messed with the wrong woman.  Need help? You're not alone. Confidential help is available for free. National Sexual Assault Hotline Call 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE) - 24 hours everyday. Support the show: https://www.stitcher.com/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
S1 | E4 The Reporters

S1 | E4 The Reporters

2020-03-0933:339

The reporters get to work and soon realize Leonardo isn't who he claims. Unsure how to proceed, they turn to a trusted confidant in Milan.  Need help? You're not alone. Confidential help is available for free. National Sexual Assault Hotline Call 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE) - 24 hours everyday. Support the show: https://www.stitcher.com/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
S1 | E3 Sleuths

S1 | E3 Sleuths

2020-03-0232:3410

Maria and her best friend Miriam find more survivors from all over the world. The women take comfort in one another. They decide they can't go it alone, though, and reach out to some scrappy Italian reporters for help. Need help? You're not alone. Confidential help is available for free. National Sexual Assault Hotline Call 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE) - 24 hours everyday. Support the show: https://www.stitcher.com/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
S1 | E2 Kate

S1 | E2 Kate

2020-02-2436:0412

After their harrowing trip to Padua, Maria and her friends discover there are other women who share their story. They want to do everything they can to protect other women from Leonardo. But Kate walks into the same trap. Need help? You're not alone. Confidential help is available for free. National Sexual Assault Hotline Call 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE) - 24 hours everyday. Support the show: https://www.stitcher.com/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
S1 | E1 Maria

S1 | E1 Maria

2020-02-2440:3415

A group of friends from Portugal, led by Maria, plan their first trip abroad - a train trip to Italy. They find Leonardo, a host and a police officer with glowing reviews. But he's not who he seems and their trip takes a terrible turn. Need help? You're not alone. Confidential help is available for free. National Sexual Assault Hotline Call 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE) - 24 hours everyday. Support the show: https://www.stitcher.com/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In the second season of Verified, Host Natasha Del Toro and the Verified team again ask tough questions about whom we trust and why. After one woman is diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she begins to suspect her daily dusting of Johnson & Johnson's baby powder might have caused her illness. Could a product so many of us have in our medicine cabinets be putting us at risk? Verified: Dust Up looks at Johnson & Johnson's battle to convince the public that baby powder is safe and pure, despite research from scientists that it may not be. You can hear ad-free episodes of Verified, a week early, all season long! Sign up for a free month of Stitcher Premium at http://stitcherpremium.com using the code WITNESS. Support the show: https://www.stitcher.com/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Comments (29)

Suzanne Hubbard Gerken

I can't imagine the terror that attorney felt when it was verified his client didn't want to settle.

Nov 18th
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Suzanne Hubbard Gerken

I can't wait to listen to this podcast.

Oct 28th
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An

Any way to see the photos online for the international listeners?

Oct 21st
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Jonas Mellquist

Starts at 1:30

Aug 6th
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BC

holy shit going to the dentist is already harrowing enough, but imagine your dentist is drilling into perfectly healthy teeth for money

Aug 4th
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Cheri Amore

when is verified coming back?!?!

May 19th
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rrp

I felt like this was the classic sexual predator story. no matter how many I hear , I can't get enough. the way the impact on victims was portrayed it sounded clear and precise. Only this wasn't a single episode, it.was over 10. My life can hold onto a. sense of safety or peace when I connect to a piece like this .

May 17th
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Marnie Dickson

It's heartbreaking to hear the pain in Crystal's voice, it's so awful that rapists rarely get punished for their horrendous crimes. To be in that pain is one of the worst possible. There are few experiences worse than sexual assault and rape.

Apr 17th
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Julie homewood

very interesting show, these girls were so brave.

Apr 16th
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BC

Every new episode of Verified confuses and infuriates me. The guy was convicted of raping a minor while he was under house arrest and then he's let out early? what the everliving hell is going on with this story?

Apr 15th
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BC

???? they let him out again? He was convicted of raping a minor and they released him. what the fuck is this?

Apr 9th
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Ellyn Galecki

Beginning sounds like fun but as time progresses it all seems to turn badly veryquickly! Has changed my mind about couch-surfing. I hardly believe it all turned so bad. Makes me want to cry. WTF is wrong with Leonardo?!!?!!? Maria was struggling to maintain connected with reality. Something bad was going on. What the hell was in that wine? This is NOT what happens with when you drink wine. Sounds like hallucinogenics are added to that wine. No-one has the right to do this to anyone but themselves.

Apr 8th
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BC

It's frustrating to hear how Couchsurfing enabled a predator. That's the worst way to verify anything I've ever heard of.

Apr 1st
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Vanessa Boyle

hazing trouble playing this episode???

Mar 16th
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Jacob Lipson

There is a special place in hell for his type.

Mar 6th
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BC

This is so terrifying and manipulative

Mar 3rd
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Judi Kingsman

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Feb 29th
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mel

He sounds like the Italian version of Bill Cosby.

Feb 29th
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Paul McIver

Advice or thought!!!! would treat unknown phone numbers the same as unknown strangers. Try checking out through Google, YouTube or similar sites.

Feb 28th
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BC

Holy shit that's messed up

Feb 27th
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