The Retrievals, a new podcast from the team over at Serial Productions, delves into the treatment of women in medical settings, focusing on patients of the Yale Fertility Center. The narrative skillfully weaves together their voices, revealing a troubling story. Initially suffering severe pain, these women were dismissed until an anesthesiologist discovered a nurse had been stealing pain medication. Several patients describe a situation familiar to many of us: where we know, through our work or experience, that something isn’t right, but we believe the story told to us that everything’s just fine.
Host Susan Burton, from This American Life, says this of one of her interviewees: “Like other patients, Katie had expertise that gave her knowledge. But she and others pushed that knowledge aside. They decided not to know what they knew, in order to keep going.”
& The New York Times