Headlong: Running from COPS
Dan Taberski and the team behind Missing Richard Simmons investigate COPS — the longest running reality show in TV history — and its cultural impact on policing in America. Our story begins with the footage of a routine arrest behind a church in Georgia...
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Bonus Episode: Himalayan Salt Boy
May 28, 2019 • 18m
One last story that shows how even the most innocuous police interactions, the ones COPS and Live PD air to get laughs, aren’t funny at all if you’re the one on TV. Plus: a trip to the motherfucking Kumquat Festival.
1: The One-Celled Amoeba
April 23, 2019 • 36m
How real is the longest running reality show in TV history? We begin our investigation of COPS.
3: Nothing Is Voluntary When You Have Handcuffs On
April 30, 2019 • 46m
COPS producers claim every suspect on the show agrees in writing to appear on TV. Why would anyone sign that piece of paper? Plus: Who has final control over what airs on COPS, the producers or the police?
6: That’s The Story
May 21, 2019 • 42m
We get our hands on raw, unedited footage of COPS and finally answer the question we've been asking throughout our 18-month investigation: How real is COPS?
Introducing: Running From COPS
April 02, 2019 • 3m
After 30 years on television, COPS has evolved into a constant messaging machine about policing in America. Running from COPS is the result of an 18-month investigation and delves deep into how the show actually gets made, how much control police departments really have over the final product, and the harrowing stories of the people who have ended up on camera. Subscribe for free and start listening April 23.
2: Shooting Fish In A Barrel
April 23, 2019 • 35m
What is it like to watch yourself on COPS when you can’t remember getting arrested?
4: Mind Blown
May 07, 2019 • 43m
An ex-cop breaks down some of the most shocking arrests we’ve watched on COPS and tries to imagine why police departments would want that footage out in the world. Plus, the next generation of COPS is LivePD — six hours a week of policing aired live. What could possibly go wrong?