Episode 7: Dark Money Goes to College

Universities, professors, and college students are frequently the target of conservative animus. It has earned that resentment because education tends to have a liberalizing effect… or at least it did before libertarian industrialists found a way to discretely pump millions of dollars into prestigious universities to counter that.

In this episode, we discuss a chapter from Jane Mayer’s Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right and take a historical look at the influence of “dark money” on the careers of professors, college curricula, and universities and how that shapes political battles that still rage to this day.

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Climate

Oklahoma hits 100° in the dead of winter, because climate change is real, Jeremy Deaton

Main Topic

Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right, Jane Mayer

Why Conservatives Hate College, Neil Gross

Deconstructing the ‘Liberal Campus” Cliche, Jason Blakely

More

How the Koch Brothers Are Influencing U.S. Colleges, Dave Levinthal

SPECIAL THANKS

INTRO: Jon Ellig

LOGO: Jake Karcher

IMAGE: Nightly Uris by Justin Tung, from Flickr

MUSIC: Walk With Me, Silent Partner

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