The AST Podcast

Episode 27: A Simple droplet of blood

May 23, 2019 Season 1 Episode 27
The AST Podcast
Episode 27: A Simple droplet of blood
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The AST Podcast
Episode 27: A Simple droplet of blood
May 23, 2019 Season 1 Episode 27
Andrew Aven-Gillis / Jennifer Derwey / David Deane
What does the Elizabeth Holmes scandal tell us about capitalism and the power of stories.
Show Notes

In a culture in which we really need feel-good stories, Elizabeth Holmes gave us one.

She was the youngest ever female billionaire, a tech inventor and genius who was revolutionising silicone valley and the health industry. She promised a new world in which all of our blood tests could be taken at home via a single droplet of blood. But the technology didn’t work and the only thing she invented was herself.

What does the rise, and fall, of Elizabeth Holmes say about women’s issues in 21st-century society? What does it reveal about ethics and modern capitalism? How do these events give us insights into class, the power of stories, and the nature of the American dream in our age? 

To answer these questions the AST Podcast has brought in scholars of literature, Jennifer Derwey, and Andrew Aven-Gillis, who is an expert on another inventor, Jay Gatsby. They will discuss how the events surrounding Elizabeth Holmes, when seen through the lens of The Great Gatsby, can tell us things about us and our world.