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Two wealthy universities, Harvard and USC, recently received multi-million-dollar donations. But how much money do these schools need, and why don’t large endowments translate into lower tuition? Then, Madeleine talks to a journalist who befriended the hacker who hijacked her Facebook account -- and ended up with a strange window into Indonesian youth culture. Next, in our Friday film segment, Entourage, Insidious and more. And finally, Madeleine gives you a sneak preview of the Noah Purifoy show opening at LACMA on Sunday.

Banner Image Credit: Megan Rosenbloom

Producers:
Jolie Myers
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Christian Bordal

How Much Money Do Universities Need? 11 MIN, 31 SEC

It’s graduation month. High school seniors are going off to college, and many parents are figuring out how they’re going to pay for an increasingly expensive education. The schools, on the other hand, aren’t all as cash-strapped. This week, USC got $25 million from trustee Rick Caruso to start a department of head and neck surgery. And Harvard, already the richest university in the world, received a $400 million donation from billionaire John Paulson. Where do big donations to already rich (and expensive) schools go?

Guests:
Matt Phillips, Quartz (@MatthewPhillips)
David Callahan, Inside Philanthropy (@Demos_Org)

Making Friends With a Hacker 9 MIN, 41 SEC

One Saturday morning, Annie Lowrey woke up to a half-dozen email alerts telling her someone had hijacked her Facebook account. She did what most of us would probably do: She contacted Facebook, got the account back and created a new password. But she was curious. Why did the hacker target her account? What did he want? So she emailed him and asked. That started a virtual friendship of sorts. Madeleine speaks to Lowrey about what she learned.

Guests:
Annie Lowrey, New York magazine (@annielowrey)

Friday Film: 'Entourage,' 'Insidious: Chapter 3' and More 13 MIN, 25 SEC

It’s a bro-down this weekend at the movies. Entourage, the movie based on the HBO series, is coming. Or, if you’re not into male entitlement, perhaps Spy with Melissa McCarthy is the movie for you. We talk about those and more new releases in this week’s Friday film segment.

Guests:
Alicia Malone, Malone’s Movie Minute (@aliciamalone)
Scott Mantz, Access Hollywood (@MovieMantz)

Purifoy at LACMA 10 MIN, 25 SEC

The late artist Noah Purifoy spent the last 15 years of his life in the Mojave desert, creating huge sculptures made of junked materials. Purifoy was also a big figure in L.A., as a founding director of the Watts Towers Art Center. Before moving to the desert, he was most well-known for a sculpture constructed from charred debris from the 1965 Watts Rebellion. That was the basis for 66 Signs of Neon, a landmark group exhibition about the riots that traveled to nine venues between 1966 and 1969. Now, the L.A. County Museum of Art has brought Purifoy’s more recent, remarkable, large-scale works out of the desert sun and inside for Angelenos to see. Madeleine takes you inside for a sneak preview.

Guests:
Franklin Sirmans, LACMA (@mfsirmans)
Yael Lipschutz, independent curator

More:
Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada
Noah Purifoy's Joshua Tree Outdoor Museum

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