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Gangster Capitalism

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Rank #94 in Society & Culture category

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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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Worth the listen

By chelsruby83 - Nov 04 2019
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Such a great podcast! Listened to the college scandal, so interesting!

Wow!- makes ya think

By jennyphearme - Oct 11 2019
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Great podcast. Great storytelling backed by real meat. Well done

iTunes Ratings

4166 Ratings
Average Ratings
3031
473
237
155
270

Worth the listen

By chelsruby83 - Nov 04 2019
Read more
Such a great podcast! Listened to the college scandal, so interesting!

Wow!- makes ya think

By jennyphearme - Oct 11 2019
Read more
Great podcast. Great storytelling backed by real meat. Well done
Cover image of Gangster Capitalism

Gangster Capitalism

Updated 3 days ago

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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.

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.

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. 

May 21 2019

41mins

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Rank #3: 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. 

Oct 09 2019

48mins

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Rank #4: S1 [6] Watershed Moment | The College Admissions Scandal

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An argument is made that just because we are repelled by the indicted parents’ behavior, that doesn’t make it criminal.  In fact, one opinion is that the parents may face no punishment.  Some solutions are presented, but a mother and a son show us that any real change must come from within.

Jun 18 2019

40mins

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Rank #5: S1 [5] Where You Start Is Where You Finish | The College Admissions Scandal

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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.

Jun 11 2019

40mins

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