Elizabeth Holmes: Folk Hero of (Alleged) Fraud

06.14.2021 - By News Items Podcast with John Ellis

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Elizabeth Holmes swag is selling fast. Ahead of the Theranos founder’s trial in August, mugs, t-shirts, and even shower curtains are in high demand. Rebecca points out the undercurrent of misogyny behind the boom — and how P.C. culture may have led to Holmes’ ascent.

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