Episode 36: Rick Singer Part I - The Bobby Knight of College Counseling

Tuesday, February 1st 2022 | 00:37:10

Welcome to season 2 of your favorite fraudsters podcast! We would do anything for our children, who wouldn’t? So, let’s go into the Rick Singer College Admission Scandal! In this episode, we meet Rick Singer, the man, the coach, the fraudster! Where did he come from? What is his backstory? What led him to be the protagonist of the College Admission Scandal? Jennifer Levitz and Melissa Korn, authors of the New York Times Bestseller “Unacceptable,” join us to learn more about Singer and his story. Get it on!

TIMESTAMPS

(02:38) - Let’s get into the Rick Singer College Admission Scandal! Aka parents paying a bunch of money (on top of that you also have to pay the tuition) to get their kids into private schools.

(07:46) - Jennifer Levitz and Melissa Korn, authors of the New York Times Bestseller “Unacceptable” are here to provide some wonderful background and insight on this case. 

(13:20) - Who was Rick Singer? Where did he grow up? A little bit of background on this fraudster. 

(18:07) - “I’m gonna be rich someday,” Singer’s drive to prove to other people how wrong they were about him and his big charisma. 

(27:13) - Singer getting triggered by goals, being always the winner, and becoming the coach with unorthodox motivation methods. 

(33:25) - The great epiphany - Singer realizes the kids needed to be mentored and guided on how to prepare themselves and get into college. 

RESOURCES

Unacceptable: Privilege, Deceit & the Making of College Admissions Scandal by Melissa Korn, Jennifer Levitz

Jennifer Levitz on Twitter

Jennifer Levitz on The Wall Street Journal 

Jennifer Levitz on LinkedIn

Melissa Korn on The Wall Street Journal

Melissa Korn on Twitter

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Show Contributors
  • jennifer levitz
  • melissa korn
  • eddie larson
  • seena ghaznavi
  • justin williams