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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.

This is California: The Battle of 187 Los Angeles Times

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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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    Introducing California City, presented by LAist Studios

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    • 7 min
    L.A. Times presents It Was Simple: The Betty Broderick Murders

    L.A. Times presents It Was Simple: The Betty Broderick Murders

    From the LA Times team behind This Is California -- as well as Dirty John, Man In The Window and Chasing Cosby -- comes “It Was Simple: The Betty Broderick Murders.” This fascinating new true-crime podcast follows the case of Betty Broderick, who thought she had a perfect life. Until her husband left. Five years later, Betty killed him and his new wife. Thirty years later, we still can’t look away.

    From the Los Angeles Times and host Patt Morrison, this is “It Was Simple: The Betty Broderick Murders.” As you listen to this special preview, subscribe now:: https://link.chtbl.com/Gu_cpU2d.

    • 3 min
    Gustavo Arellano's new podcast "Coronavirus in California"

    Gustavo Arellano's new podcast "Coronavirus in California"

    From the host of This is California: The Battle of 187 comes Coronavirus in California: Stories from the Front Lines, an essential new podcast from the Los Angeles Times hosted by reporter Gustavo Arellano. Every weekday, the podcast gives listeners dispatches from Californians who are in the thick of this pandemic. We hear from medical workers struggling to care for people who’ve fallen ill. We talk to renters and teachers, farmworkers and athletes, from Crescent City to Chula Vista. And we reach out to LA Times staffers to get reports from the field. Subscribe today: http://link.chtbl.com/CoronavirusInCA.

    • 13 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
642 Ratings

642 Ratings

Constanza from NY ,

Bravo

Gives me hope. Thank you Pete Wilson.

AuraMar1272 ,

Who would’ve thought...

That twenty something years later, not only would I fully enjoy listening to a conversation with Pete Wilson, but I would agree with him. Fantastic look-back at what is now history. I take all of this information as a great citizen lesson for the future of California.

SNKRhead John ,

Awesome!

Great podcast! They interview with Pete Wilson was golden! Gracias Gustavo!

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