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The Side Door Into College 

 

The FBI submitted indictments this week into the largest college admissions scam they’ve ever prosecuted. Celebrities, millionaire parents, and college sports coaches are among the dozens charged in a scheme that sought to get wealthy kids through a “side-door” of college admissions. One that guaranteed them entry to top-tier universities.The admissions system has always favored the wealthy. Can that be fixed?Guests: Andy Thomason, editor at the Chronicle of Higher Education. And Julie Lythcott-Haims, former Stanford dean and author of How to Raise an Adult.

Operation Varsity Blues? #whomergency 

 

As much as we'd love to do a typical Who's There, we just HAD to focus today's full episode on the scandal to end all scandals: Operation Varsity Blues [cue I_Dont_Want_Your_Life.mp3]!!! The story that rocked our nation (or world?!) involved a Desperate Them (Felicity Huffman), a vlogging Who (Olivia Jade), a When Comes the Heart star (Lori Loughlin), a billionaire with a famous first name (Mossimo Giannuli), and, weirdly, the star of a beloved 90s film (James Van Der Beek). So grab a bag of YummyPop and strap in, because this episode is going to be as jam-packed as an SAT prep course.

The “Operation Varsity Blues” Edition 

 

John Dickerson, and David Plotz, and guest host Josie Duffy Rice discuss Trump’s budget proposal, the college admissions scandal, and the changing debate over reparations for slavery.

Understanding "Operation Varsity Blues" 

 

It's been called the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice. For years, dozens of rich parents used their wealth to cheat the system with lies and with bribes that totaled $25 million, all with the hopes of getting their kids into some of the most prestigious schools in the country. David Meyers speaks to Bloomberg's Erik Larson on how this house of cards was built and how it all came tumbling down.

Bribing Their Way Into College 

 

When a federal prosecutor revealed a $25 million scheme to seek an edge in college admissions for the children of celebrities, executives and other rich parents, he declared, “There can be no separate college admissions system for the wealthy.” But, as it turns out, there is. Guests: Jennifer Medina, a national correspondent for The New York Times, and Katie Benner, who covers the Justice Department for The Times.

Becky with the bad grades 

 

Remember Aunt Becky from Full House? She might be heading to the big house. Fifty grown-ups, including Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, are facing federal charges over college admissions.

Operation Varsity Blues 

 

The Justice Department stages the biggest college admissions bust in American history. The US becomes one of the only countries allowing 737 Max 8's to take off. And as blackouts roll on, Venezuelans are climbing down into sewer systems to get clean water.

Juicy Scoop - Ep 322 - Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman College Scam

 

Heather dives deep into the College Entrance Scam of the Century exploring how Hollywood and Silicon Valley elites chose to break the law for their kids by discussing it with a college recruitment consultant from the area hit hardest.

Beto, Manafort, the College Admissions Scandal, and Understanding Antisemitism

 

In today's episode, we're joined by Professor Deborah Lipstadt, an expert in Holocaust studies. Professor Lipstadt helps us understand the controversies surrounding the Women's March and Representative Omar, and she advises us on how to thoughtfully discuss and critique America's relationship with Israel.  But first, we dive into the week's news. Paul Manafort received 43 additional months in prison from Judge Amy Berman Jackson, and he's been indicted by Manhattan's District Attorney on state charges.  After great anticipation, Beto O'Rourke has announced his candidacy for the Democratic Party's nomination. We're a little confused by his splashy Vanity Fair rollout and campaign announcement video.  We also talk about Operation Varsity Blues and the state of college admissions, wealth, and parenting in America.

The "Why" Behind The College Admissions Scandal

50 Charged In Largest College Admissions Scandal DOJ Has Ever Prosecuted 

 

The Justice Department charges celebrities, coaches and CEOs in a massive college admissions cheating scandal. Allegations of Photoshopped faces on bodies of actual athletes, bribes and inflated test scores.