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Parents' Guide to

The Dropout

By Claire Crossman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

True crime pod follows fraud trial; some abuse described.

Podcast News ABC News Average run time: 40 minutes
An illustrated picture of Elizabeth Holmes is behind the large text: "THE DROPOUT Elizabeth Holmes on Trial"

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ABC News correspondent Rebecca Jarvis provides a uniquely clear and organized explanation of the rise and fall of Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes. The Dropout will delight fans of true crime and mystery podcasts, with a similar tone and structure to Serial. While Jarvis runs the show, she couples her expertise with interviews from former employees, family members, and investigators who bring life to the story and keep it captivating for listeners. Every inch of the Theranos downfall is covered in this podcast, making it intriguing, informational, and shocking all at once.

Giving this riveting podcast a listen before watching the Hulu series may be preferred, as this podcast provides excellent context and builds an environment that makes watching the series even more enjoyable. While the immoral actions of Holmes, Balwani, and Theranos are less than admirable, the show does a great job of highlighting the character strengths Holmes initially displays, as well as the consequences she's handed for her wrongdoings, giving tweens, teens, and adults a lot to discuss after listening.

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