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Gangster Capitalism

The C13Originals Peabody nominated series is back for Season Three: Jerry Falwell Jr. and Liberty University. A sex scandal rocks one of the world’s largest Christian universities, and the man at the center of it. But that scandal is just the beginning. The award-winning Gangster Capitalism team spoke with more than 80 former and current Liberty students, faculty, staff, high-ranking administrators, and those with intimate knowledge of Falwell Jr. What emerges is the inside story of how the university, and the family who founded it, have been rocked by power, greed, hypocrisy, and of course money.

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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!

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S1: The College Admissions Scandal I EP 5: Where You Start is Where You Finish

A Singer parent negotiates a deal for her son to have the ACT taken for him, without him even being in the same state, and a college admissions insider reveals the a la carte menu that wealthy parents have when donating to schools, also known as “The Backdoor.” But as it turns out, paying top dollar for access to admissions offices can start as far back as preschool. This episode looks at the legal ways in which parents get their kids into college, no matter how dubious they may seem. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

40mins

11 Jun 2019

Rank #1

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S1: The College Admissions Scandal I EP 1: The Side Door

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

39mins

14 May 2019

Rank #2

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S1: The College Admissions Scandal I EP 2: The Bumper Sticker Mentality

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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

43mins

21 May 2019

Rank #3

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S1: The College Admissions Scandal I EP 3: The Dominoes Fall

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

33mins

28 May 2019

Rank #4

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S2: The NRA | EP1: Let Loose the Dogs of War

A show of strength and unity kicks off the 2019 Annual Convention, but behind the scenes, the NRA is nearing a civil war. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

41mins

25 Mar 2020

Rank #5

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S1: The College Admissions Scandal I EP 4: Ricky

A best friend, a mentee, and a former coworker provide an intimate account of Rick Singer’s transition from the boy determined to transform himself, to the coach who refused to accept failure, to the man whose obsession with wealth would be his ultimate undoing. These people, and their stories are being heard for the first time, and a new picture of who Rick Singer really is, finally emerges. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

44mins

4 Jun 2019

Rank #6

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S2: The NRA | EP2: A Clear Crisis

Lines are drawn, as Wayne LaPierre’s supremacy is tested, and the rift spills out into public. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

45mins

25 Mar 2020

Rank #7

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S1: The College Admissions Scandal I Bonus Episode: The Price to Be Paid

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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

48mins

9 Oct 2019

Rank #8

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S2: The NRA | EP3: Man on the White Horse

A financial surplus becomes a deficit once Wayne LaPierre is elevated to EVP, and he is questioned about the relationship with Ackerman McQueen, more than 20 years ago. An old friend with a clever maneuver helps to keep the status quo. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

40mins

1 Apr 2020

Rank #9

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S2: The NRA | EP4: The Big Game

A dream job slowly becomes something very different for a former NRA fundraiser, as ethical questions come to light. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

41mins

8 Apr 2020

Rank #10