The Dropout Fraud & Scams, Investigative, Nonviolent

Hosted By: Rebecca Jarvis
Produced By: ABC Radio

The Dropout takes an investigative look at the story of Elizabeth Holmes, the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire, and Theranos.

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?

Through interviews with former employees, investors, and patients you’ll go behind the scenes of the case to make your own conclusions.

The Dropout Podcast Host:

Rebecca Jarvis is an American journalist and former investment banker who brings a wealth of experience to the podcast. She is the chief business, economics, and technology correspondent for ABC News, the host, creator, and managing editor of Real Biz with Rebecca Jarvis and the host of the podcasts No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis as well as The Drop Out.

Praise from Listeners*:

  • Insightful Interviews: Jarvis’s strengths as an interviewer shines through in her conversations with key players, insiders, and experts connected to the scandal. Her ability to ask the right questions and elicit candid responses provides listeners with a deeper understanding of the motivations and complexities at play.
  • Investigative Approach: Listeners appreciate the podcast’s commitment to uncovering the truth, leaving no stone unturned in its exploration of the scandal and its aftermath.
  • Educational: The Dropout offers many listeners insights into the world of corporate ethics, leadership, and the consequences of unchecked ambition that are appreciated. The podcast prompts critical discussions about the responsibilities of those in power and the impact of their actions on society.

Criticisms from Listeners*:

  • Bias and Lack of Objectivity: Some critics argue that The Dropout exhibits a bias towards certain individuals or perspectives involved in the scandal. They argue that the podcast may not present a fully balanced view of the events, potentially omitting crucial information or alternative viewpoints.
  • Lack of Diverse Perspectives: Some listeners have voiced concerns about the lack of diverse voices and perspectives represented in the podcast. They argue that a broader range of interviewees and experts could provide a more comprehensive understanding of the scandal and its implications.
  • Overemphasis on Drama: A few individuals have criticized The Dropout for focusing too heavily on the sensational aspects of the scandal and the personal life of Elizabeth Holmes, potentially overshadowing the larger issues at hand. They argue that a deeper exploration of the systemic problems within the corporate world would have added more value.

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