The Dropout

The Dropout

By ABC News

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 decades in prison? How did her technology, meant to revolutionize health care, 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 multi-year 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. Starting August 31, 2021, in a series of new episodes, "The Dropout: Elizabeth Holmes on Trial" will take you inside the courtroom, breaking down the evidence and keeping score for both sides until 12 jurors decide the fate of the Theranos founder and new mother. Three years after she was first charged, we find out how this saga finally ends.

Episodes

Mystery Men

This week, we hear from Erika Cheung, one of the whistleblowers who originally set Elizabeth’s downfall in motion and who says she was subjected to disturbing intimidation tactics as a result. Legal experts analyze the success of each side’s opening arguments. And a mysterious man named “Hanson” causes quite the stir.
21/09/2139m 12s

Setting the Stage

Elizabeth, holding hands with her partner, Billy and her mother, Noel, breezes into the courthouse to hear opening statements in her financial fraud trial. The government and the defense set the stage, giving us a roadmap of how their sides of the case will unfold. The prosecution says this is a case about fraud, lying and cheating, while the defense paints a picture of an ambitious young woman trying to change the world. She made mistakes, they say, but didn’t break the law. And we hear from the case’s first witness: Theranos’ top ranking financial employee who has a lot to say about how Elizabeth may have misled investors.
14/09/2145m 26s

The Jury

This week, after 11th-hour bombshell allegations of abuse were revealed, we meet the seven men and five women who will ultimately be deciding Elizabeth Holmes’ fate. We take a peek inside the courtroom, and speak with some of the potential jurors who were dismissed. We’ll hear firsthand what Elizabeth’s demeanor is like in the courtroom, what the prosecution and defense appeared to be looking for in a jury, and details about who was actually chosen.
07/09/2129m 50s

Bombshell

Today, after four postponements, a global pandemic and a baby, Elizabeth’s long-awaited trial finally begins with jury selection. With millions of pages of discovery, a potential witness list of more than 200, and nearly 4,000 exhibits, Elizabeth’s team of heavyweights has their work cut out. And at the 11th hour, the biggest bombshell yet -- Elizabeth’s team has alleged that she was subjected to a decade of physical, sexual and psychological abuse. How will this play for a jury? Will Elizabeth take the stand, and what are the chances of a conviction?
31/08/2149m 28s

Where Have You Been, Elizabeth Holmes?

It’s been over three years since Elizabeth Holmes was charged with multiple counts of fraud. Once the youngest female self-made billionaire, she was poised to change health care forever. Now she faces decades in prison if convicted. What has Elizabeth been up to while the government has been building its case against her? The answer includes a trip to Burning Man, a new relationship and a baby born just over a month before her trial.
31/08/2143m 6s

Introducing 'The Dropout: Elizabeth Holmes on Trial'

Starting Aug. 31, in a series of new episodes, "The Dropout: Elizabeth Holmes on Trial" will take you inside the courtroom, breaking down the evidence and keeping score for both sides until 12 jurors decide the fate of the Theranos founder and new mother. Three years after she was first charged, we find out how this saga finally ends.
05/08/213m 30s

'Tulsa's Buried Truth': The Lost Graves (Ep. 3)

Presenting the third episode of the ABC News podcast special, "Tulsa's Buried Truth," from the makers of ABC's "Soul of a Nation" series. Continue listening on Apple Podcasts (https://apple.co/3dmfJW2), Spotify (https://spoti.fi/3foYgi4), or wherever you listen: https://bit.ly/3sxIeWR - A century after the Tulsa Race Massacre, the search for mass graves begins. But as Tulsa contends with its past, questions about the future of Greenwood may divide the city even further.
24/04/2137m 11s

'Tulsa's Buried Truth': The Ashes (Ep. 2)

Presenting the second episode of a special three-part ABC News podcast, "Tulsa's Buried Truth," from the makers of ABC's "Soul of a Nation" series. Continue listening on Apple Podcasts (https://apple.co/3dmfJW2), Spotify (https://spoti.fi/3foYgi4), or wherever you listen: https://bit.ly/3sxIeWR - An angry mob descends upon Greenwood. What happens next will change the future of Tulsa and leave a deep scar on its Black citizens for generations.
17/04/2137m 43s

'Tulsa's Buried Truth': The Trigger (Ep. 1)

Introducing the first episode of a special three-part ABC News podcast, "Tulsa's Buried Truth," from the makers of ABC's "Soul of a Nation" series. Continue listening on Apple Podcasts (https://apple.co/3dmfJW2), Spotify (https://spoti.fi/3foYgi4), or wherever you listen: https://bit.ly/3sxIeWR - A generation of freed slaves create a new home for themselves in Tulsa, Oklahoma. But all of that is jeopardized after an encounter in an elevator.
10/04/2129m 4s

Introducing: 'Spy Affair'

A charismatic Russian woman arrives in the US on a mission to improve relations between the two countries, and she soon makes some powerful friends. But who is Maria Butina? And who is she working for? As Butina gets closer to the rich and connected she also attracts the attention of the FBI. In the politically charged world of US-Russia relations, everyone has secrets and almost nothing is what it seems. From Wondery, the makers of The Shrink Next Door and Dr. Death comes SPY AFFAIR a story about deception, appearances and betrayal. Hosted by Celia Aniskovich.
30/03/215m 38s

Introducing ‘In Plain Sight: Lady Bird Johnson’

Lady Bird Johnson’s audio diaries reveal how one vastly underestimated woman navigated the power, politics and polarization of her time to become arguably one of the most influential first ladies in history. From ABC News, makers of the hit series “The Dropout” and the award-winning daily news podcast “Start Here,” comes “In Plain Sight: Lady Bird Johnson” – an eight-part series told in the former first lady's own words. Listen today on Apple Podcasts (https://apple.co/ladybird), Spotify (https://spoti.fi/3ukYgoq), or wherever you’re listening now.
01/03/214m 40s

Introducing 'Bunga Bunga' from Wondery

Silvio Berlusconi was a charismatic multi-millionaire real-estate mogul who upended the Italian political order and hypnotized an entire nation. He was the longest-serving prime minister of one of the world's wealthiest countries, until he was brought down by three powerful women -- and two words: "Bunga Bunga." From Wondery, the makers of "Dirty John" and "The Shrink Next Door," and hosted by comedian Whitney Cummings, "Bunga Bunga" is an eight-part series on the incredible true story of the rise and fall of Silvio Berlusconi, told with Whitney's signature wit and style. Listen today at wondery.fm/TheDropout_BB
08/09/205m 2s

We're nominated for two Webby Awards!

"The Dropout" has been nominated for two Webby Awards! All Webby nominees are eligible to win People's Voice Awards, too. It's quick and free to vote, and we hope you'll support all four of our ABC News nominees using the links below! "The Dropout" Podcast - Best Mini Series: https://abcn.ws/2WDJqJQ "The Dropout" Podcast - Best Individual Episode: https://abcn.ws/2yoXM8P "Life After Suicide" Podcast - Interview/Talk Show: https://abcn.ws/35BbJwo FiveThirtyEight - News/Politics Website: https://abcn.ws/35GqpKS
06/05/2048s

Introducing 'Cutthroat Inc.'

Listen to 'Cutthroat Inc.' on Apple Podcasts (https://apple.co/2QFcUVp), Spotify (https://spoti.fi/3dvDCJZ) or your favorite podcast app. "Cutthroat Inc." is a co-production of ABC Audio, makers of "The Dropout," "Truth and Lies: Jeffrey Epstein," "Have You Seen This Man?," "A Killing On the Cape," the daily ABC News podcast "Start Here," and more: http://www.abcaudio.com/podcasts
26/03/203m 56s

Introducing 'WeCrashed'

The rise and fall of WeWork is a stunning story of hope and hubris. WeWork was the poster child for a new economy. Its founders wanted to revolutionize everything about the way people lived their lives. Its charismatic founder, Adam Neumann, had an intoxicating vision for the company -- but did it ever match the reality? Listen now at http://wondery.fm/wecrasheddropout
29/01/205m 38s

Introducing 'Truth and Lies: Jeffrey Epstein'

Listen to 'Truth and Lies: Jeffrey Epstein' on Apple Podcasts (https://apple.co/2QLK5ph), Spotify (https://spoti.fi/2MUjtS9) or your preferred podcast app. More than a decade ago, mysterious financier Jeffrey Epstein was investigated by local and federal authorities in Florida for allegedly sexually abusing dozens of teenage girls. But despite what appeared to be overwhelming evidence of a horrifying pattern of abuse, Epstein managed to escape all but minor charges, striking a sweetheart deal with the government that required him to spend just 13 months in jail while granting him and his alleged co-conspirators immunity from federal prosecution. Years later, in the wake of Epstein's sudden arrest and shocking demise, those teenage girls - now women - are still seeking answers to their fundamental questions about their abuser and his allies. In dozens of interviews, ABC News' Mark Remillard, reporting with the ABC News Investigative Unit, shares the stories of those women, who have fought to have their voices heard, as well as the lawyers and investigators who tried to bring Epstein to justice. And we retrace Epstein's rise from modest roots to the very intersection of wealth and power, seeking to uncover the forces that shielded Epstein from justice.
09/01/203m 17s

A Special Announcement from 'The Dropout'

Missing 'The Dropout?' The two-hour documentary event special is this Friday at 9/8c on ABC! See for yourself -- the story of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos with exclusive new interviews, new details and now, see Elizabeth's deposition tapes. Don't miss 'The Dropout' -- Friday night at 9/8c on ABC. 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
13/03/191m 19s

6. What Now?

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.
27/02/1941m 4s

5. The Downfall

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.
20/02/1944m 25s

4. The Whistleblower

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.
13/02/1946m 27s

3. A Star is Born

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.
06/02/1945m 23s

2. The Enforcer

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.
30/01/1942m 16s

1. Myth-Making

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.
23/01/1949m 12s

Trailer: The Rise and Fall of Elizabeth Holmes' Theranos

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.
15/01/192m 14s
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