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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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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.

    A Conversation About Survivalism

    A Conversation About Survivalism

    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.

    • 22 min
    Chapter 8: Danger Signs

    Chapter 8: Danger Signs

    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.

    • 31 min
    Chapter 7: George Smith

    Chapter 7: George Smith

    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.

    • 39 min
    Chapter 6: The Trial

    Chapter 6: The Trial

    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.

    • 42 min
    Chapter 5: Big Guns

    Chapter 5: Big Guns

    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.

    • 41 min
    Chapter 4: The Final Chase

    Chapter 4: The Final Chase

    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.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
599 Ratings

599 Ratings

Squidmetal ,

Great to a point

Great story. Until the leftist agenda.

HostRuinsIt ,

Meh

Moron trying to tell the detective, “iTs NoT uR jOb”
Idiot. Any dummy shooting at cops deserves to die

pillowman3:16 ,

Like others said

I’m echoing a lot of others here when I say that the story has the ability to be compelling but takes a drastic turn in the wrong direction when it becomes anticop and anti gun. A lot of catch phrases get tossed around these days and most people eat it up as pure fact, but there’s a lot of debate to be had and it’s not a clear cut issue. It’s just a shame that this podcast became a social justice platform for the host. A real bait and switch move.

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