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Episode 2: The Nurse

Credit...Erik Tanner for The New York Times

Hosted by Susan Burton

Produced by Susan Burton and Laura Starecheski

Edited by Laura Starecheski and Julie Snyder

Original music by Carla Pallone

The patients who underwent painful egg retrievals at a Yale clinic know what happened to them: Fentanyl intended for use during their procedures had been replaced with saline.

Now, they find out who did it: a nurse and mother of three in her late 40s from a well-off town in Connecticut.

The women wonder how the nurse will account for what she’s done. On a call with the Department of Justice, they learn about the criminal case against her and grapple with questions about what her punishment should be. Should she go to prison? What is the role of addiction here? Some of the patients prepare victim impact statements for the court.

Meanwhile, the nurse is writing her own story for the court. We learn what the nurse says about why she did what she did and the stories her friends and family tell about it. Everyone awaits the hearing at which the nurse will be sentenced.

New episodes of “The Retrievals” drop weekly on Thursdays.

Susan Burton is a longtime staff member at “This American Life,” where she has produced, edited and reported some of the show’s most memorable episodes about women’s experiences. She is the author of the memoir “Empty.”

Carla Pallone is a composer based in France. After classical training as a violinist, she performed in the bands Mansfield.TYA and VACΛRME. She now composes music for cinema and the theater, and has written music for films including “La Fille au Bracelet,” “Libre Garance!” and “Midnight Skin.”

Reported, produced and hosted by Susan Burton
Produced and edited by Laura Starecheski
Executive Editor, Serial Productions Julie Snyder
Supervising Producer, Serial Productions Ndeye Thioubou
Music supervision and sound design by Phoebe Wang
Original score by Carla Pallone
Music mixing by Thomas Poli at Impersonal Freedom
Research and fact-checking by Ben Phelan and Caitlin Love
Standards Editor Susan Wessling
Legal review by Dana Green
Art direction by Pablo Delcan
Additional editing by Katie Mingle and Ira Glass
Additional production by Michelle Navarro
Deputy Managing Editor Sam Dolnick
Producing help by Jeffrey Miranda, Kelly Doe, Renan Borelli, Desiree Ibekwe and Anisha Muni

Special thanks to Erik Tanner, Pierre Cattoni, Lee Riffaterre, Katie Fuchs, Jordan Cohen, Victoria Kim, Jason Fujikuni, Kimmy Tsai, Ashka Gami, Nina Lassam, Jon McNally, Krystal Plomatos and Sam Posner.

Posted on 06 Jul 2023 12:00 link