Professors For Sale

December 31, 2013

professors for sale

How Wall Street buys professors to teach, write and testify on Wall Street’s behalf with two time Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist David Kocieniewsk from The New York Times. David Kocieniewski wrote two investigative articles this year about Goldman Sachs and Apple that we discuss all the time on this show. His latest investigative piece will make you question everything you’re told by economists and professors. Then Film Critic Michael Snyder lists his favorite movies for 2013. Also Will Ryan and The Cactus County Cowboys, Jimmy Lee Wirt, Janie Haddad Tompkins, Hal Lublin and Jeremy S. Kramer. Portions of our show are written by Hal Lublin, David Weiss and David Feldman. Please subscribe to our show for free as a podcast on iTunes and Stitcher.

David Kocieniewski is a business reporter who has been covering the nation’s tax system for The New York Times since 2010. Previously, Mr. Kocieniewski had been a reporter on the paper’s Metro desk since 1995 where he focused on law enforcement, corruption and its offshoot and the New Jersey government.

In 2013, he was part of the team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting

“for its penetrating look into business practices by Apple and other technology companies that illustrates the darker side of a changing global economy for workers and consumers.”

In 2011, Mr. Kocieniewski examined the efforts by businesses to lower their taxes and the debate over how to improve the tax system in a series titled “But Nobody Pays That.’

In April 2012, the series was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting. The Pulitzer jury said his work

“penetrated a legal thicket to explain how the nation’s wealthiest citizens and corporations often exploited loopholes and avoided taxes.”

Mr. Kocieniewski joined The Times in 1995. Previously, he worked at The Detroit News from 1986 to 1990, and New York Newsday from 1990 to 1995. He has covered criminal justice and politics for most of his career.

While at New York Newsday, he wrote a series of stories about corruption in the New York Police Department that led to the Mollen Commission hearings and won a handful of awards from various organizations, including the New York State Bar Association and the National Association of Black Journalists.

Mr. Kocieniewski is the co-author of “Two Seconds Under the World,” a book about the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and the F.B.I.’s failure to takes steps that might have prevented it. He also wrote “The Brass Wall,” an exposé about corruption in the police department’s Internal Affairs Bureau that nearly cost a hero undercover detective his life; the book was cited as one of the top 10 nonfiction books of 2003.

Mr. Kocieniewski was born in Buffalo, N.Y. He graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1985, and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1986.

About Michael Snyder

MICHAEL SNYDER is a journalist, editor, broadcaster, screenwriter, and animation developer who splits his time between Los Angeles and San Francisco. After leaving his longtime position as entertainment critic/nightlife columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle to co-develop the Cinemachine movie-review search engine for Sonicnet/MTV Interactive, he moved from a terrestrial radio gig at KITS-FM to join the on-air team at Sirius/XM Satellite Radio's Sirius/XM Left channel where he reviewed new films and covered pop-culture. Michael now writes monthly film and travel columns for San Francisco's Marina Times, and is host/commentator for the Digidev/YouTube series "Michael Snyder's Culture Blast." He previously served as the editor-in-chief and film reviewer at Bon Voyage – an English-language family-travel magazine published in Brussels, Belgium; as the movie critic for Six Degrees magazine's Miami, Detroit and Atlanta editions; as an editor and writer at Gracenote, Inc., on the company's DVD database project; and as a consultant for the music-oriented online community Currently consulting on film and TV projects in Hollywood, he was part of the creative team that developed the CW network's cartoon series "Eon Kid.” Michael has done television series development for WildBrain Animation, Wild Hare Studios, Storytime Pictures and Alligator Planet. He co-authored the scenario to the ballet "Lear" -- featuring a score composed by former Police drummer Stewart Copeland -- for the San Francisco Ballet. Michael also co-wrote songs for the legendary theatrical rock band the Tubes, including the top-40 hit "Tip of My Tongue" and the Halloween perennial "Attack of the 50-Foot Woman." In addition, Michael was the movie reviewer for Knight Ridder's Street Miami weekly; editor-at-large for the ground-breaking online music publication Addicted to Noise; on-air commentator over CNET Radio; nightlife editor for San Francisco Focus magazine; and contributing writer for San Francisco magazine. Plus, he has written for such publications as Salon, GEO, High Times, Creem, and the British pop-music weekly New Musical Express.

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One Response to Professors For Sale

  1. Thomas Attila Lewis (@tomdog) January 4, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    It’s so disheartening to hear this stuff. Amazing that there is more monitoring over what kind of income and industry contact a college or even a high school sports coach has but not these professors who are selling “credibility” to camouflage corporate crimes.


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