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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Walters World
Dec 30 '19
Rating:   10
Can’t wait till next season

Wow makes you second guess what is be spoon feed to you by tv shows.

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Jennifer Mulraney
Dec 28 '19
Rating:   10
Fan friggin tastic

Will listen to this again.

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Jaybirdsworld
Dec 28 '19
Rating:   2
Hard pass

The bozo who hosts this show probably either believes we should drastically reduce the police’s power, or do away with them all together. Too bad he’s the kind of person who wouldn’t last 5 minutes in a world without cops. Garbage.

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Chris-132
Dec 26 '19
Rating:   2
Poorly produced

This podcast wasn't put together well. The host jumped around a lot instead of having a clear narrative or structure, and he was very biased against law enforcement.

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Non-pink flamingo
Dec 8 '19
Rating:   10
So important!

I’m glad someone endeavored to do this kind of work. Entertaining and so informative. Well done!

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ape_enthusiast
Dec 5 '19
Rating:   10
Whoa - terrifying and illuminating

Entertaining examination of how reality TV shapes reality and our criminal justice system for the worse. Would make for a fantastic media literacy unit for high school or college students. I only hope some enterprising lawyers and policy makers take note and try to address the corruption at play here.

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parmaj1114
Dec 2 '19
Rating:   10
Yeah (no, yeah) this podcast is delicious

Love the meatloafers!-JG (NJ)

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Phenom*23*
Nov 30 '19
Rating:   10
An excellent re-examining of Cops

I love that the voices of history are finally being heard through this podcast. 360 degree reporting at it’s finest. I appreciated that this podcast showed how the cameras have negative impacts and consistences on our society as they encourage police to create “content” for “entertainment”. Thank you for showing us the humanity of the “criminals” we previously demonized.

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Vegasgonzo
Nov 17 '19
Rating:   2
Anti Police narrative

This guy is anti cop. He remembers Ferguson (which was a lie), but he doesn’t remember the 5 police officers murdered in Dallas.

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johnny456789
Nov 15 '19
Rating:   2
Great storytelling, very biased

I thought this podcast had excellent production and storytelling. The host knows how to narrate well and captivate the audience. Kudos on that end. But this podcast falls short on telling the entire story. As one who prides themselves on getting the truth out of “Cops” they fail to honestly represent law enforcement and even the tv show they attempt to “investigate”. In the last two episodes the host claims to have this big gotcha moment and what he calls his “Rosetta Stone”. Spoilers: it’s raw footage of one segment of cops. No, not an entire night of policing, just one stop. In it he claims that the cop supposedly planted drugs. Granted, what happened was shady but nothing incriminating or even provable. But the podcast takes it and spins it as though every episode of cops is this way and police are corrupt. Don’t get me wrong, there are crooked police and things even in the cops tv show that should be investigated. But this podcast isn’t it. It is a very interesting look into the show but seems to me as though the end goal of finding corruption within the tv show blinded true, unbiased investigation.

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nicknamesoicanreviewonitunes
Nov 9 '19
Rating:   10
Podcast Gold

Dan is a fantastic host, and the team at Headlong always deliver the highest quality documentary style podcasting possible. It's the equvialent of a highly produced Netflix docu-series, but for your ears.

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socicrimprof
Oct 30 '19
Rating:   10
Fantastic podcast for higher Ed!

I’m using this podcast in my drugs and society class and in my race/crime/media course. Excellent topics discussions!

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CasualContent
Oct 26 '19
Rating:   10
The best kind of podcasting

Curious and empathetic but with meticulous research. Thank you for this eye-opening series.

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KfromKC
Oct 18 '19
Rating:   6
Still love Dan but....

Really enjoy Dan’s style and the production is great. “Missing Richard Simmons” was one of the very first podcasts I listened to and I was hooked immediately, very good. I was excited to see this podcast because...I can’t believe I am going to put this in print but...I love me some “Cops”. I knew I would discover things that surprised me and it was really interesting for the first few episodes...but then it started to get a little preachy. Listen I am a registered Democrat but even I was starting to say out loud “Wow Dan really?” I do feel bad for these people but they wouldn’t be dealing with the cops if they weren’t breaking the law! Yes, even if they have done what you all consider a minor offense like “missing a court appearance” or meeting with their CO. Or if they have a small amount of drugs on them, no matter how little it is, it’s still against the law. If the people in Spokane don’t want to be on live PD don’t break the law. It has nothing to do with being poor or having money. It shouldn’t be shocking (and it wasn’t to me) that people know other people that have been on the show. People hang out with others because they have things in common. My friends like to hang out too because we have common interests, just not drugs. I usually enjoy Dans podcasts but this one missed the mark.

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Corypierce85
Oct 17 '19
Rating:   2
One-sidedness

First let me say that the podcast is well produced. With that said, the content is very one-sided and the agenda is clear. I was a Police officer for 12 years and have watched a lot of COPS. I have scrutinized the show for the lack of officer safety that some officers use, and some of the comments or decisions they make, but it’s mostly “Monday Morning Quarterbacking.”The podcast points to several issues in the show that are skewed towards their position that COPS is not realistic. They mention a field test of cocaine that is positive in the field, but negative once being sent to the lab. This field test, along with the officers training and experience is enough probable cause for the arrest Additionally, they talk about the crime statistics in COPS not being representative of real like. In COPS, something like 35% of the crimes are drug related. The reason for that is drug crimes are easy to locate in the street. Other crimes are elusive and too random for a TV show to catch on film at any given time. Most places I worked, I could throw a rock and hit a drug addict. I could go on and on. And would love to share more. I wish this podcast was more even-keeled, but I get what they’re trying to do. My opinion is that COPS brought a lot of the realities of law enforcement to those that would otherwise have no clue. It is a thankless job with little recognition for what the average cop puts forth in a career. There is a reason Cops die relatively young after they retire. They live with so much and take the brunt of life’s evils so the average person doesn’t have to.

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LoveJo
Oct 8 '19
Rating:   10
True depiction to how cops can effect real people

Great podcast! I appreciate how they bring light to the impact the show cops can make on real people. It’s not a bash on police but a look into how live tv and media take advantage of people just to get a good rating. I hope the people effected stand up and fight against this kind of harassment.

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Imelda
Oct 4 '19
Rating:   6
But only the poor

Although I am aware of this show and have seen segments of it. It wasn’t anything I ever considered it to be entertainingly if anything it is a depressing and degrading show to me. I also consider it a yet one more way in which a powerful system takes advantage of the undereducated and poor. I can’t imagine a show in which this treatment was given to people of means. Why? Because people of means have lawyers who defend their rights. Better yet they know their rights and defend them Poor undereducated individuals with handicaps and addiction issues do not Congratulations on making millions by taking advantage of these individuals Don’t pretend it’s anything else We live in a country where if you are willing to do some very ugly things and take advantage of the weaker we will be very successful. It’s really is sad

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Dboth9812
Oct 3 '19
Rating:   2
Another Podcast Dipicting All American’s as Poor STOP

I listened with intent, fair, open minded and actually thought he might be on to something. Nah, just a someone with an agenda. Perhaps another liberal that is riding the coat tale’s of a topic that sales and shows that the victim in this show is really the criminal and the criminal is a police officer. Why wouldn’t you turn this around on the one thing that works in our justice system? I am not a cop, don’t watch the show everyday, I really could care less. I focus on my responsibilities, and make a daily effort to contribute something I have to give to someone that can use that something to help them in their efforts to contribute to society. Something criminals and liberal media don’t do. They are wasting away your precious time on this planet. STOP falling for and buying into the very thing that is going to break our country. Liberal media! They are the criminals exploiting America as Racist, helpless, and out right Deplorable. That’s what the core of this show is about. He uses the rest to grab the audience and then starts using those words. He interviews people that were on this show years ago. Claiming this is their first offense and they got 10 years for carrying a little pot. BS. Excuse me while I get back to my job. Something this shows creator needs to do. If this is a Wondery show, then I am done with Wondery also. It would not surprise me if it were.

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RawDoggie
Sep 27 '19
Rating:   2
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Rmz288
Sep 27 '19
Rating:   2
Anti-Police

Good show until episode 4 when the host showed the true agenda during the Live PD segment. Making light of the Dallas tragedy is when I turned it off. I was hoping for an unbiased look into the shows but that’s not what you get. Anti-police is pushed way too hard, sad.

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