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In May of 1980, the sleepy streets of Norco, California were turned into an all-out war zone in what is one of the most violent bank robberies in American history. From LAist Studios in collaboration with Futuro Studios comes the new podcast—Norco ’80 based on the book by Peter Houlahan. Listen as host and producer Antonia Cereijido tells the unbelievable true story about God, guns, survivalism and the bank robbery that changed policing in America forever. Using eyewitness testimony and never before heard police tapes, Norco ’80 takes listeners on a wild ride, and serves as a cautionary tale in the context of America being immersed in the middle of an economic crisis, revamped end of the world paranoia and a complex conversation about policing.
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Dr. Casey Kelly discusses survivalism's enduring allure, from pioneer days to prepper conventions. This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.
Chapter 8: Danger Signs

Chapter 8: Danger Signs

2021-02-2233:452

The Norco Bank Robbery happened over 40 years ago, but its legend continues influence how police officers are trained today. Thanks to one very popular VHS tape. This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.
Chapter 7: George Smith

Chapter 7: George Smith

2021-02-1542:093

George Smith speaks to us in his first-ever recorded interview, from a correctional facility in Corcoran, California. This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.
Chapter 6: The Trial

Chapter 6: The Trial

2021-02-0843:446

The “Norco 3” face the death penalty in one of the highest profile trials in Riverside County history. This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.
Chapter 5: Big Guns

Chapter 5: Big Guns

2021-02-0143:003

After the chase finally ends, a shell-shocked police force demands bigger, more powerful weapons. This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.
The robbers lead police on a winding chase that ends in a devastating standoff at the top of a mountain. This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.
Chapter 3: The Robbers

Chapter 3: The Robbers

2021-01-1840:182

George Smith didn't set out to rob a bank. He just wanted to survive the apocalypse. This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.
Chapter 2: The Firefight

Chapter 2: The Firefight

2021-01-1135:255

The bank robbers make it out of the Security Pacific Bank, cash in hand––but they’re immediately met by the police and a firefight begins.  Norco ‘80 is produced by LAist Studios in collaboration with Futuro Studios. *Editor’s note: For clarification, Deputy Sheriff Andrew Delgado-Monti carried both a revolver and a shotgun during the firefight outside the Security Pacific Bank, which was standard for the Riverside Sheriff’s Office at the time. This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.
Chapter 1: The Robbery

Chapter 1: The Robbery

2021-01-1123:376

May 9th, 1980 began as a regular Friday in sleepy Norco, a small town about 48 miles east of Los Angeles, known mostly for its horse trails and old-western look. But around 3:30pm, five masked men with assault rifles robbed the Security Pacific Bank downtown. Norco ‘80 is produced by LAist Studios in collaboration with Futuro Studios. This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.
Trailer: Norco 80

Trailer: Norco 80

2020-11-1203:031

In 1980, a devastating bank robbery shocked Southern California. It was carried out by masked men determined to outlive the apocalypse. But the robbery would quickly spin out of control, providing a cautionary tale of an America in the midst of an economic recession and serve as a complex conversation about the role of police forces in our communities. This is the story of Norco ‘80, a new podcast from LAist Studios.
Comments (7)

Rebecca Butcher

It's a good podcast, but she is completely missing, or unable to understand, his point.

Feb 18th
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Johnny Utah

7.62 vs .223

Feb 8th
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just me

This reporter is a idiot. she has the nerve to tell the cop that it isn't his place to make a call as to the robbers die or not. And this being after they have shot and killed at least one. This guy is being shot at and defending himself as a officer. yeah he doesn't care if they shoot and kill the robbers. cause the robbers don't !! was you there being shot at ? get the hell out of here with your liberal bullshit!

Feb 3rd
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Mark Mcculloh

still on first episode but very impressed so far. good mix of interviews, and story telling. thumbs up from me 👍

Jan 26th
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