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Author: Topic / Pineapple Street Media / Dan Taberski

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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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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.
1: The One-Celled Amoeba

1: The One-Celled Amoeba

2019-04-2337:0830

How real is the longest running reality show in TV history? We begin our investigation of COPS.
What is it like to watch yourself on COPS when you can’t remember getting arrested?
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?
4: Mind Blown

4: Mind Blown

2019-05-0743:4218

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?
How does it feel to be hunted for months by police officers and camera crews, both of whom seem hellbent on putting you on TV?
6: That’s The Story

6: That’s The Story

2019-05-2141:4330

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?
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.
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Comments (61)

Yasmine C

This is a really funny... and sad story all at the same time. SMH.

Jul 26th
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G Money

Thank God this show got taken off the air... if only we could have some justice for the irreparable harm it's done to this country.

Jul 26th
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Heather

Eye opening. I want more. People defending cops are really missing the point here. This is about how the tv show COPS specifically changed the lens through which we view police. Even the police dont understand what they are here for anymore.

Jun 13th
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Pixie

guess you have to release another episode since Paramount has dropped COPS and Live PD is probably going to meet the same fate on A&E. No 300th episode and no 33rd season.

Jun 10th
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Anna Clay

Thank you for this episode!! I might need to relisten to this podcast.

Jun 6th
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James MacKenzie

👎🏼

Jun 5th
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James MacKenzie

This podcast is run by someone with a typical leftist agenda. I will have to unsubscribe.

Jun 5th
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Lois A. Grimm

If COPS was still as real as the clip at the beginning of this episode, I think policing and the public's view of them might be different.i have a lot more respect for that cop than I do of any of the tough guys they showcase now.

Apr 18th
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Lois A. Grimm

The more I listen to this series, the more disgusted I become with what modern society terms entertainment. our society really doesn't seem to understand that all humans are deserving of their rights and of some base level of respect. It sickens me that anyone could listen to this series and how these shows adversely affect not just perps and victims but policing itself and still defend what is essentially a cesspool of the worst of humanity.

Apr 17th
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Jeffrey Riddle

@31:19: Oh so it wasn't 52 times he was arrested. It was only 12 guys. Only 12 times. I don't know ANYONE who has been arrested ONCE let alone 12 times! What the hell are you doing downplaying his criminal history like that? There may be some harassment, but clearly this specific guy, who you hunted down, has a problem with recidivism. The complaint shouldn't be "he is being harrased by the police" but instead, "why is this guy need all of this attention from cops when he should have been rehabilitated a long time ago. I call this policing and not harassment. I have seen , first hand, a suspected prostitute become an armed and dangerous person on a second encounter. Booked for attempted murder that one.

Apr 16th
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Jeffrey Riddle

I am gettin gsick of the saying "worst day of their life." You know the worst day of their life was? When they decided to take that first hit. When they decided that hitting your wife was a good way to get your point across. When they decided that stealing was better than putting in an honorable good days work. When they decided to live below their potential and resort to crime. THAT was their worst day. All of this that is shown on COPS and LIVE PD are the RESULTS of their poor choices. Worst day? It's a day spent out in the PUBLIC with them committing crimes the police MUST enforce. I don't care if they got stopped while committing a robbery or while driving with a tail light out. It is not the officers job to NOT enforce the laws.

Apr 16th
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Lois A. Grimm

These people are not documentary filmmakers. If they were, they wouldn't allow their subjects editorial power over the content.

Apr 13th
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Heather Boylen

This flashlight part is so disturbing.

Dec 23rd
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Tuesday Hall

I thought it was common knowledge among viewers of Live PD that not everything on Live PD is live?

Oct 23rd
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Rebecca

For all the cop apologist on here,bad cops exist. just like bad civilians do. had abusive junkie bf,I have no family,nowhere to go and was scared to leave. after the guy put me in hospital for 3 months and outright killed me ran into a cop that had come to the house on a few calls. Asshole looked right at me and said "Justin needs to pick better women." was in uniform,also was someone I worked with at one of my two jobs,I had one full time job and one part time. wow,according to some of you I must have done something to deserve that.

Sep 3rd
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Edge0fHeaven

if he was concerned about the people how is putting them on TV helping.

Aug 30th
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PrankFilesPodcast

come on new episode

Aug 28th
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Anna Kramer

It doesn't bother me at all that the reckless actions of law breakers are broadcast for all to see. Bring it. Film it. Show it. Show the drunk driver swerving through traffic, the guy driving 100 miles an hour through a neighborhood, the temper tantrum that results in a wife beating. I hope the perps employers, future girlfriends, family, and friends see the awful choices the perps have made. Maybe humiliation will be a deterrent for another dangerous crime! But is this really an issue worth discussing these days? Most faces are blurred.

Aug 27th
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Jared Nelson

where's the content? guys were pretty good but no content forever

Aug 23rd
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Cynthia

This podcast is terrible. Reaching much??

Aug 9th
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