Bad Batch Investigative, Wondery

Hosted By: Laura Beil
Produced By: Wondery

Patients in search of a miracle cure end up in critical condition. The race is on to find out what went wrong before more people get hurt. The trail leads back to a medical company with slick marketing and a charismatic CEO. And to a multibillion dollar stem cell industry where greed and desperation collide. Laura Beil, the award-winning host and reporter of “Dr Death,” returns for this six-part investigative series from Wondery, the makers of “Dirty John” and “The Shrink Next Door.”

Bad Batch Podcast Host:

Laura Beil has more than 20 years of experience in health and science writing. In 2014, she received the top medical journalism award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors. She began her career in newspapers, and was the longtime medical reporter for the Dallas Morning News. In 2006, She left the world of daily journalism to write mostly for magazines. She is a contributor at Men’s Health, and a correspondent for Science News magazine. While she specializes in matters of health and science, she has also written about gun-toting liberals for D Magazine, and was the writer-reporter of the “Thugs” episode for the NPR series This American Life.

Praise from Listeners*:

  • Educational and Eye-Opening: Many listeners have praised Bad Batch for its educational value. It offers a deep dive into the medical industry, enlightening people about the complexities and risks involved in unproven treatments.
  • Credible and Trustworthy: As an established investigative journalist, Laura Beil’s credibility shines through in the podcast. Listeners appreciate her commitment to accuracy and objectivity.
  • Human Stories: Amidst the scientific aspects, Bad Batch weaves in compelling human stories of those affected by stem cell therapies. This emotional touch adds depth to the podcast’s exploration of the subject.
  • Advocacy for Change: The podcast has sparked discussions about the need for stronger regulations in the medical field, creating awareness and advocacy for better oversight of stem cell treatments.

Criticisms from Listeners*:

  • Questionable Generalizations: A small number of critics have raised concerns that the podcast may make sweeping generalizations about the entire field of stem cell therapy based on the actions of a few unethical practitioners.
  • Lack of Solutions: Some individuals have expressed disappointment at the podcast’s focus on exposing problems within the stem cell industry without offering clear solutions or discussing potential improvements.
  • Bias: A few listeners have raised concerns about the podcast’s perceived bias against certain medical practices. Some believe that Laura Beil’s approach might overshadow alternative viewpoints and not present a fully balanced perspective.

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