Hosted By: Susan Burton
Produced By: New York Times & Serial
The Retrievals is a five-part narrative series reported by Susan Burton. The podcast tells the story of a shocking event that unfolded at the Yale Fertility Center in 2020: a nurse secretly replaced vials of fentanyl, an opioid used to reduce pain during egg retrievals, with saline solution. This meant that the women felt the procedure, some describing excruciating agony, while the clinic downplayed or ignored them.
Susan Burton is the host, writer, reporter, and co-producer of The Retrievals, a podcast series from Serial Productions and the New York Times. She is the author of the memoir Empty. For years she has worked at This American Life, where the episodes she’s produced include Secrets, Ten Sessions, Five Women, The Thing I’m Getting Over, and Tell Me I’m Fat. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Slate, The New Yorker, and others, and she is a former editor of Harper’s. Her radio documentaries have won numerous awards, including an Overseas Press Club citation, and she received a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to do stories about teenagers. The film Unaccompanied Minors, which was directed by Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig, is based on one of her personal essays. Susan graduated from Yale in 1995. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their two sons (one of whom she wrote about in Labor Day: True Birth Stories by America’s Best Women Writers).
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