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Gangster Capitalism

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There’s a dark side to the American dream. From the creators of Root of Evil, Gangster Capitalism Season 1 is centered on the 2019 college admissions scandal that is exposing everyone from CEOs to celebrities. Award-winning documentarian, Andrew Jenks, uncovers the origins and inner workings of this unprecedented scam, introducing you to the people involved, and exploring the larger debate around higher education that has been brought to the forefront. The final chapter of this story is still being written, as the federal investigation into these crimes continues to grow and unfold. Gangster Capitalism is a production of C13Originals, a division of Cadence13.

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There’s a dark side to the American dream. From the creators of Root of Evil, Gangster Capitalism Season 1 is centered on the 2019 college admissions scandal that is exposing everyone from CEOs to celebrities. Award-winning documentarian, Andrew Jenks, uncovers the origins and inner workings of this unprecedented scam, introducing you to the people involved, and exploring the larger debate around higher education that has been brought to the forefront. The final chapter of this story is still being written, as the federal investigation into these crimes continues to grow and unfold. Gangster Capitalism is a production of C13Originals, a division of Cadence13.

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College scandal

By pinkieglosss - Feb 07 2020
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I hope this diminishes the importance of ivy league colleges.

Soooo interesting!

By Frannyeo - Jan 22 2020
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I couldn’t stop listening. Well done podcast but unsettling.

iTunes Ratings

4440 Ratings
Average Ratings
3259
499
245
157
280

College scandal

By pinkieglosss - Feb 07 2020
Read more
I hope this diminishes the importance of ivy league colleges.

Soooo interesting!

By Frannyeo - Jan 22 2020
Read more
I couldn’t stop listening. Well done podcast but unsettling.
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Gangster Capitalism

Latest release on Feb 17, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 5 days ago

Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

Rank #1: S1 [1] The Side Door | The College Admissions Scandal

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Through transcriptions of wiretapped conversations between Rick Singer, Felicity Huffman, and others, Episode 1 brings to life just how dirty these schemes were. We also hear from a student who cheated on his SAT, a psychologist who deals with students and parents trying to game the system to get more time to take the SAT and ACT, and Jenks breaks news by finding the ringleader, Rick Singer, in an unlikely place.

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May 14 2019

38mins

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Rank #2: S1 [2] The Bumper Sticker Mentality | The College Admissions Scandal

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Rick Singer’s “Side Door” has another, more expensive option that clients like actor, Lori Loughlin opt for. The scam?  $500,000 to get your kids accepted to college as Division 1 athletes - even if they never actually played the sport. Race and status are explored, as this scandal forces all of us to confront uncomfortable subjects. 

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May 21 2019

41mins

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Rank #3: S1 [3] The Dominoes Fall | The College Admissions Scandal

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Federal agents make an arrest for securities fraud, and get much more than expected. They are offered information that leads to a man they’d never heard of - Rick Singer, and the biggest scandal in education history.  Once Singer is caught, he brings everybody else with him through conversations that shed light on the world of those involved, and their sense of entitlement.

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May 28 2019

32mins

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Rank #4: Wondery Presents WeCrashed

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The Rise and Fall of WeWork is a stunning story of hope and hubris. WeWork was the poster child for a new economy. Its founders wanted to revolutionize everything about the way people lived their lives. Its charismatic founder Adam Neumann had an intoxicating vision for the company — but did it ever match the reality? Listen now at www.Wondery.fm/wecrashedGC


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Jan 29 2020

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Rank #5: S1 [7] (Bonus Episode) The Price To Be Paid l The College Admissions Scandal

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With sentences starting to be handed out to those who’ve plead guilty in this scandal, some cases are coming to a close.  Others who’ve plead not guilty may have an uphill battle, despite their potential argument that Rick Singer followed the steps of any good con, which are explained in this episode.  Any real sense of closure and long term change will require changing the narrative, both for the parents and for the academic system at large. 

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Oct 09 2019

48mins

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