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.
Why Conservatives Hate College, Neil Gross
Deconstructing the ‘Liberal Campus” Cliche, Jason Blakely
How the Koch Brothers Are Influencing U.S. Colleges, Dave Levinthal
INTRO: Jon Ellig
LOGO: Jake Karcher
IMAGE: Nightly Uris by Justin Tung, from Flickr
MUSIC: Walk With Me, Silent Partner