The Dropout

Publisher:
ABC News

The Dropout

4.8/5

Critic Rating

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 busin...


Critic Reviews

Score: 5

Michael Walsh • Yonkers Public Library Sep 10, 2021

"This podcast presents a lot information in an interesting way that will maintain your attention. It is an insightful podcast to listen to as you follow her trial. Season Two of the podcast is following the trial of Holmes in real time. So far it has proved to be just as thrilling as Season One."

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Score: 4.8

Anonymous • Liberty University SA May 12, 2019

"I listened to “The Dropout” when it first came out, and I was hooked – I would wait for each new episode to drop (no pun intended) every week because I was so amazed by this story. “The Dropout” is definitely a recommendation for your summer road trips."

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Score: 5

Jake Greenberg • PodcastReview.org Mar 1, 2019

"The Dropout succeeds in other ways, opting for a narrow and bulletproof retelling of billionaire Elizabeth Holmes’s big fraud, the blood testing company Theranos, rather than indicting the many wealthy investors who made it all possible. Host Rebecca Jarvis and her team let the story breathe because, without any stylistic flourish, the story has plenty to tell. The Dropout should be a guide for other mainstream outlets trying to navigate their way into limited series podcasting."

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Score: 4.5

Michelle Vincent • Femestella Feb 16, 2019

"The podcast is thorough and compelling. However, in many cases, it seems to give Elizabeth the benefit of the doubt, alluding that her troubles were a result of the “fake it ‘til you make it” mentality gone too far."

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Score: 4.8

Andrew Liptak • The Verge Feb 10, 2019

"Thus far, the series has provided a good overview, aided by interviews and audio from the people who worked there. …"

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