#115 - The shortcuts to Theranos | Curio

#115 - The shortcuts to Theranos

15 mins | Dec 14, 2021

Today's episode from 14th December 2021. First up this morning: The criminal fraud trial of Elizabeth Holmes is heading into the closing arguments but how did a once 9-billion-dollar healthcare startup end up defunct and with its founder in court? We explore whether Silicon Valley’s “fake-it-till-you-make it” culture needs to change. Then later, we all chase progress and innovation but what if it's at the cost of the planet? We take a look at the fascinating life, career and death of the creator of leaded petrol. The Theranos saga is not just about how its leaders behaved and if they misled others. It is also a story about how people make decisions. The Economist explores how the trial of Elizabeth Holmes contains lessons for decision-makers of all kinds. The creator of leaded petrol shows the profoundly dangerous impact that one brilliant thinker can have on the world. For The Financial Times, Simon Kuper explores what the story of Thomas Midgley Jr can tell us about the race between progress and destruction. Wake up with Curio is a different kind of morning show that gives you the context behind the news and gets you motivated for the day ahead, every Monday - Friday.

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