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Gangster Capitalism

Author: C13Originals

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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.

9 Episodes
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
There are great bands and there are great albums. But, there are only a handful of artists who have sold out stadiums for decades, redefined the bond between artist and fans, influenced a way of life, and innovated an entire industry along the way. Hosted by music journalist Dean Budnick, LMTR tells the story of a band, their fans, and the journey that made them one of the most successful touring bands of all time. With over 50 interviews, season one of LMTR will shed light on a band who helped to pioneer an entire industry on many impactful and important levels, doing it their way. Long May They Run is a production of C13Originals, a division of Cadence13.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
Comments (47)

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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Dominic Thomas


Jun 4th

Craig Grey

This isn't about white privilege. White privilege is a real thing yes but just because economic privilege is at play that doesn't mean you can slide in other privilege cards to raise awareness or fight a fight. That in itself is ignorant.

Jun 3rd
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Greg Alderman

wow!!! That pisses me off. That pisses my daughter off. Sounds like politics to me. I wonder what the majority thinks? Your vote counts people. Never give up your power to make a difference

May 30th


Love it!

May 29th

Catherine Heglar

the main and only point as far as I am concerned is the fact that true opportunities were STOLEN from people. And it really made me think how little they thought of the sports that they used. I dont think they would have tried that with football or basketball or even soccer

May 24th
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skiib o

Stopped listening after the race card.. I'm a poor white guy with a poor family. I'm just as disgusted as anyone about the abuse of power. However it's not race power its money power. They say no one thinks an African American can be smart enough to be on campus.... How about Neil degrasse Tyson, hes considered to be one of the smartest people on earth. so tired of hearing a interesting and good story turned into someone who wants to push an agenda.

May 24th
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American Static

Everyone involved is White..... This IS a black issue. STFU. No longer listening.

May 22nd
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You know what's insidious? It's these people on here playing the race card. This is about class not race. There are plenty of poor white people that could not afford to throw down money like these rich people did for their kids and as a white (gasp) person who grew up as a poor child, I take offense to this. We were so poor we couldn't even afford to purchase a basketball or a football... we were even homeless for a large stretch of time due to my father's disability.... so this is so offensive. Maybe I should play the race card since plenty of black children play basketball and football but then I would be called a racist! This scandal is not about white privilege. This is about class which has nothing to do with race. Go get a real life education and stop believing what the media tells you and stop believing in your tiny little life that you grew up in where you didn't reach out and try to experience what other people are going through of other races and classes because you obviously did not do that. I have. I have lived in all neighborhoods and managed to break the cycle of poverty and volunteer in many places that I could talk about for 10 hours. Go to West Virginia /Appalachia and then talk about white privilege. go on ahead and Wikipedia / YouTube that....smh Media and social media loves that buzzword "white privilege " right now but the fact that this young man could walk around on campus with a newspaper under his arm smartly-dressed but didn't put a bunch of white face makeup on, and suddenly was not discriminated against and felt confident in himself tells you right there it has nothing to do with white privilege. If it was about skin color he would have put white makeup on his face. Maybe that newspaper or that fancy outfit gave him confidence..... which I actually love. sometimes you gotta fake it to make it. I don't pretend to be him and you should not either but this is not a race issue it's a class issue and you alienate humans when you do this. This creates racial issues that are not even there so congratulations * insert sarcasm.* done with this podcast. thank you for educating me on the terrible things these rich people did ..despicable. also playing the race card, when that's actually not what's going on despicable.

May 22nd
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awesome podcast!

May 21st
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that psych doctor sounds like a raging pathological ideologue. please tell me she doesn't practice medicine.

May 16th
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