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Introducing Gangster Capitalism: The College Admissions Scandal

What Really Happened?

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Introducing Gangster Capitalism: The College Admissions Scandal

What Really Happened?

We live in an age where news comes at us fast, and from all angles. We see a headline that catches our attention, but often just skim the surface, before the next headline comes along. In Season 3, award-winning documentarian Andrew Jenks uses the power of great storytelling to take us on a journey through the biggest scandals to recently hit headlines. He’ll unravel the layers, bringing to life key figures, and shedding light on the important, yet overlooked components to paint the entire picture. Executive produced by Seven Bucks Productions’ Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and Brian Gewirtz, Andrew Jenks and Cadence13.

What Really Happened?

Season 1 of the new series, Gangster Capitalism is centered on the 2019 college admissions scandal that is exposing everyone from CEOs to celebrities. Award-winning documentarian and host of What Really Happened?, 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 in America. The final chapter of this story is still being written, as the federal investigation into these crimes grows and unfolds.

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