28 episodes

The C13Originals Peabody nominated series is back for Season Three: Jerry Falwell Jr. and Liberty University. A sex scandal rocks one of the world’s largest Christian universities, and the man at the center of it. But that scandal is just the beginning. The award-winning Gangster Capitalism team spoke with more than 80 former and current Liberty students, faculty, staff, high-ranking administrators, and those with intimate knowledge of Falwell Jr. What emerges is the inside story of how the university, and the family who founded it, have been rocked by power, greed, hypocrisy, and of course money. 

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    • 4.4 • 6.3K Ratings

The C13Originals Peabody nominated series is back for Season Three: Jerry Falwell Jr. and Liberty University. A sex scandal rocks one of the world’s largest Christian universities, and the man at the center of it. But that scandal is just the beginning. The award-winning Gangster Capitalism team spoke with more than 80 former and current Liberty students, faculty, staff, high-ranking administrators, and those with intimate knowledge of Falwell Jr. What emerges is the inside story of how the university, and the family who founded it, have been rocked by power, greed, hypocrisy, and of course money. 

    Presenting Hope, Through History Season Two

    Presenting Hope, Through History Season Two

    The entire Season 2 of C13Originals' critically acclaimed Hope, Through History is available now. Narrated and written by Pulitzer Prize Winning and Best Selling Historian, Jon Meacham, Season Two explores some of the most historic and trying times in American History, how this nation dealt with the impact of these moments, and how we came through these moments a more unified nation. Season Two, presented by C13Originals, in association with The HISTORY® Channel, will guide you through the Battle of Gettysburg and its impact on the future of the country, the relationship between FDR and Churchill and America’s slow walk to war, the plan for AIDS relief, the sinking of the Lusitania and events impact on the future of America, and Bloody Sunday and the Voting Rights Act. As Winston Churchill once remarked, “The future is unknowable, but the past should give us hope”—the hope that human ingenuity, reason, and character can combine to save us from the abyss and keep us on a path, in another phrase of Churchill’s, to broad, sun-lit uplands. Welcome to Season Two.
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    • 2 min
    S3: Jerry Falwell Jr. and Liberty University | Ep 8: Playing With Fire

    S3: Jerry Falwell Jr. and Liberty University | Ep 8: Playing With Fire

    Liberty University strayed far from its mission under the leadership of Jerry Falwell Jr, but even in the wake of his departure, the future of the school may be determined by those who enabled him.
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    S3: Jerry Falwell Jr. and Liberty University | Ep 7: On the Margins

    S3: Jerry Falwell Jr. and Liberty University | Ep 7: On the Margins

    Atypical Liberty students face enormous and sometimes dangerous pressure on campus.
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    • 59 min
    S3: Jerry Falwell Jr. and Liberty University | Ep 6: The Family Business

    S3: Jerry Falwell Jr. and Liberty University | Ep 6: The Family Business

    It pays to be connected to the Falwells. 
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    • 1 hr
    S3: Jerry Falwell Jr. and Liberty University | EP 5: Controlling the Narrative

    S3: Jerry Falwell Jr. and Liberty University | EP 5: Controlling the Narrative

    From the Liberty Police Department, to the student newspaper, to faculty, staff, and administration, loyalty was constantly tested, and enforced.
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    S3: Jerry Falwell Jr. and Liberty University | EP 4: Bust to Boom

    S3: Jerry Falwell Jr. and Liberty University | EP 4: Bust to Boom

    Jerry Falwell Sr founds Liberty University in 1971. Amid financial turmoil, Jerry Falwell Jr takes over in 2007. Business booms, but at what cost?
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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
6.3K Ratings

6.3K Ratings

Lolo Slays ,

Former Lynchburg Reporter

I enjoyed going through the journey of this season with you all: it’s real journalism at its finest.

As a former Lynchburg reporter it was shocking to hear some of the LU people I know personally on your stories . But also not surprising to hear of the corruption at Liberty , stories we were encouraged not to tell. Officially a fan of the podcast .

WestieDude ,

Fantastic!

The podcast does a great job laying bare the corruption and hypocrisy of the Falwells, Liberty U, and American evangelicalism.

gangsterstories ,

Falwell season doesn’t hold up to GC standards

Let me first say, I LOVE Gangster Capitalism. The journalism and storytelling on the NRA debacle and the College Admissions Cheating Scandal were both amazing. If they were books, they would have been page turners. I strongly recommend them to everyone!

I was so excited for this third season! However, I have to say, for me, it doesn’t stand up to the level of the first two seasons.

I feel like there is no “arc” of a story… it is not going anywhere. The whole many-hours long story could be told in one short show:

1 - the falwells are super corrupt - and disgustingly morally corrupt (in direct violation of liberty university bylaws and code of ethics, that they police)
2 - they use Liberty University to channel their misdeeds - including the school jet. Liberty is super corrupt, just like the fallwells
3 - Falwell JR knows and supports trump, despite trump having no respect for him

The episodes tell the points above, literally 100 different ways with 25 different “secret” sources. It makes you want to scream “where is this going??? We knew they are corrupt from the first 30 minutes!!”

The point is that it doesn’t seem to go anywhere… it is just loads of different vignettes telling different ways that the falwells are corrupt and deplorable.

Anyhow, I am sorry if this is too pithy. I don’t usually write reviews, but I just love the other seasons so much

On the other hand, I can’t think of storytelling that is as good as the first two seasons of gangster capitalism… I strongly recommend them.

I am really looking forward to the fourth season!!

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