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In 1994 an anti-immigrant ballot initiative rocked the state of California. It turned the state into the progressive beacon it is today, but also paved the way for Donald Trump to be elected president. The Battle of 187 is hosted by award-winning reporter Gustavo Arellano and is a collaboration between the Los Angeles Times and Futuro Studios. This is California features thought-provoking, sound-rich stories about California and the West; this is our first installment.

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In 1994 an anti-immigrant ballot initiative rocked the state of California. It turned the state into the progressive beacon it is today, but also paved the way for Donald Trump to be elected president. The Battle of 187 is hosted by award-winning reporter Gustavo Arellano and is a collaboration between the Los Angeles Times and Futuro Studios. This is California features thought-provoking, sound-rich stories about California and the West; this is our first installment.

    Introducing "The Times: Daily news from the L.A. Times," hosted by Gustavo Arellano

    Introducing "The Times: Daily news from the L.A. Times," hosted by Gustavo Arellano

    “The Times: Daily news from the L.A. Times” is a new podcast hosted by columnist Gustavo Arellano along with reporters from the L.A. Times’ diverse newsroom. Every weekday, the show takes listeners beyond the headlines, with our West Coast outlook on the world. News, entertainment, the environment, immigration, politics, the criminal justice system, the social safety net, food and culture — “The Times” exists at the epicenter of it all. Through interviews and original stories, “The Times” is the audio guide you need to understand the day’s news, the world and how California shapes it.




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    • 3 min

    Bonus Episode: Re-Pete

    Bonus Episode: Re-Pete

    If you’ve listened to the first three parts of this podcast, you know former California governor Pete Wilson played a big role in setting the stage for Proposition 187. We tried to arrange an interview with him for months. And the day The Battle of 187 got released, we finally got a date on the calendar. So here’s a special bonus episode of our podcast, in which host Gustavo Arellano asks Wilson questions that have been bothering him forever. Like, who created that crazy “They Keep Coming” ad? And did undocumented families like Gustavo’s ruin California?

    To learn more, go to latimes.com/thisiscalifornia.

    • 55 min
    Ep. 3: Thank You, Pete Wilson

    Ep. 3: Thank You, Pete Wilson

    Just one day after the 1994 election, federal and state lawsuits are filed claiming 187 is unconstitutional. And though 187 finally dies for good in 1999, Latinos in California never forget it. Prop 187 inspired more Latinos than ever before to register to vote and to run for office in California. Now, 25 years after 187 passed, the Golden State's bluer than indigo. Host Gustavo Arellano ends our series with a last lingering question: Given President Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric, will we experience another 187 on a national scale? Produced in collaboration with Futuro Studios.

    To learn more, go to latimes.com/thisiscalifornia.

    • 22 min
    Ep. 2: Save Our State

    Ep. 2: Save Our State

    In June 1994, 187 gets enough signatures to qualify for the California ballot. Proponents get support for the ballot measure through a new tagline: Save Our State. Latinos see 187 as an existential threat, so they organize school walk-outs and a march in Downtown Los Angeles. But undecided voters see the Mexican flags waved at the march as an invasion come to life. In November 1994, 187 passes and Governor Pete Wilson is reelected. Produced in collaboration with Futuro Studios.

    To learn more go to latimes.com/thisiscalifornia.

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
671 Ratings

671 Ratings

jpimentel82 ,

Structured Well - Arellano on Fire

Solid structure to this podcast.

Gustavo Arellano is at his best - comfortable - despite being a self proclaimed shy nerd.

LesM1995 ,

Great pod!

I had always listened to my family talk about prop 187. And how it targeted the Latinx community. Such an educational podcast on it’s lasting effects on California. As a native Californian it’s a must listen.

Constanza from NY ,

Bravo

Gives me hope. Thank you Pete Wilson.

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