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Author: C13Originals

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Following a Peabody nomination and two Webby nominations for Best General Series and Best Documentary Podcast for Season One: The College Admission Scandal, Season Two of Gangster Capitalism has the NRA is in the crosshairs. This season we dissect how the past year has rocked the country’s most powerful special interest organization like none other. Internal power struggles have exposed the group’s questionable, and possibly illegal practices which now threaten the nearly 150-year old nonprofit like never before. We’re pulling back the curtain to reveal that this has little to do with guns. It’s about money.​ Gangster Capitalism is a creation and production of C13Originals, a division of Cadence13.

19 Episodes
Welcome to a new audio documentary, Fate of Fact, a presentation of Shining City Audio, a C13Originals and Jon Meacham studio. Throughout the course of five episodes in season one, Pulitzer-Prize winning and best-selling historian, Jon Meacham and esteemed guests, will explore the question of how fear conquered truth, the history and origins of the strong grip misinformation and disinformation have on our politics , and how we got here today. Meacham will trace the roots of America’s prevailing culture of polarization, with an emphasis on why the right has chosen to break with a governing consensus that, however imperfect, was once embodied by the figurative conversation between Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan. Fate of Fact offers a historically grounded perspective on the forces that led to the presidency of Donald Trump and the insurrection of January 6—an attack on the Capitol and on democracy as grave as any American moment since the Civil War. ​ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
With exclusive interviews and thought-provoking discussion, Andrew Jenks examines the people involved and the larger debate around higher education in America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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
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
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
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
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
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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
From C13 Originals, Gangster Capitalism, Season 2 explores The National Rifle Association and the allegations swirling around the nonprofit organization. Andrew Jenks hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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
Lines are drawn, as Wayne LaPierre’s supremacy is tested, and the rift spills out into public. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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
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
The NRA has a new program to help lift them out of financial despair, and a fresh face to run it. But both turn out to be disasters. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Could this be more than business? Could it be personal? A deeper look at the NRA attorney at the center of everything.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Board members are receiving money directly from the NRA. A fundraiser and a major donor decide they’ve seen enough. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
A former Ackerman employee explains how expenses were hidden. Leaked audio of Wayne LaPierre lets people know the real damage under his watch. Where will the NRA go from here? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Following the last episode of Season 2, the creators of Gangster Capitalism received a tip about a secret scheme to keep Wayne LaPierre in power.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Comments (59)

Stinkus Delicioso

Spoiling the impression made by the entire podcast, ridiculous to show the rich bastards as victims, ughhh

Sep 2nd

Stinkus Delicioso

Tha Liam Warner guy is such a hideous white supremacist in a nice suit that I barely stopped myself from puking

Sep 2nd

Jayson Ballantine

Laser-guided Smith & Wesson? Yeah, because that's a real thing...

Aug 18th

Maynard Ferguson

I tell you whose a Gangsta Capitalist: Sboop Doggy Dog Dog. He be coming on the scene with his blunts bitches and gang of look at the little bitch....a complete sellout. TV shows with old whitey bag Martha Stewart!! and coaching his sons ball games....

May 4th


The racial accusations were gratuitous and illogical. There was nothing racial about the scam; it was entirely about money. Rich black people could've (and might have) participated in the scam, and poor white people couldn't. There's no reason to inject accusations of racism or to pull the absurd, bone-headed maneuver of using race as a proxy for SES (as if we lack direct measures of SES). That crap is dangerous, irrational, and tiresome.

May 2nd


This is the widest series. It doesn't matter what your politics are, the fact is that the NRA is a poorly managed nonprofit organization.

Apr 22nd

Paul Dornitz

This podcast in a nutshell: ORANGE MAN BAD. Everything that happens is the NRAs fault. (Screams and tears.)

Apr 19th


Welcome back!

Mar 24th

Teresa Wilkinson

I really hate the repetitiveness of some of this material I heard it the first time I really don't need to hear it again it's bad reporting

Mar 21st

Barry Ansley

I like this podcast but parts of this one really rubbed me. parts of this episode seemed to kind of defend the parents. they weren't conned at all. they were apart of it they came for a service and received it. some seems to want some assurance of not getting caught that's all. they dont deserve no pity. you cant look for a service knowing that's it wrong and have someone say oh they got conned. that's some BS 100%. ALL of them deserve some kind of discipline from the courts period point blank.

Jan 22nd

Steve Harrison

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Nov 7th
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omfg all the things cassie the stay at home mom said made me want to destroy my phone. WTF. What a mindless drone for social acceptance

Jul 19th

Alison Wonderland

the guy crapping on about "white" privilege was so boring. his whinging was yawn fest showing that he's just playing the victim card (even though no black people were involved) lol 🙄👎

Jul 14th

Val c

could trim the ambush at the pool parts 💤💤

Jul 4th


wow kelly served jail time for wanting better for her kids..? I'm shocked..cough, cough, racism.. they went above and beyond to get her kids out. she did not deserve jail time for that. Theres worse crimes out there that don't get that.

Jul 4th

Tara Rebekah


Jul 2nd

A Gannon

Man, that kid. "True facts about the octopus..."

Jun 20th

Casey Dalton

Why does the student he interviewed talk like that?? 😭

Jun 13th

Russell Lee

the obvious death rattle of traditional Gangster capitalism we are experiencing is a symptom, not a cause. The writing is on the wall. Trump and his Fawning lackeys are a temporary evil we must endure. hopefully not long. much like Czar Nicholas and the Romanovs . the Storming of the palace is necessary. tear it down and rebuild our rotten infrastructure. we know who the offenders are.

Jun 5th
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Catherine Heglar

Really please tell me HOW he hurt the people that loved him? He hurt innocent young people that didn't even know who the hell he was. Give me a break.

Jun 4th
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