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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.

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.

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Introducing: Running From COPS
Apr 2, 2019

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
Apr 23, 2019

How real is the longest running reality show in TV history? We begin our investigation of COPS.

2: Shooting Fish In A Barrel
Apr 23, 2019

What is it like to watch yourself on COPS when you can’t remember getting arrested?

3: Nothing Is Voluntary When You Have Handcuffs On
Apr 30, 2019

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
May 7, 2019

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?

5: The Worst Day Of Your Life
May 14, 2019

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
May 21, 2019

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?

Bonus Episode: Himalayan Salt Boy
May 28, 2019

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.

Introducing: The Line
Apr 13, 2021

Check out the latest series from Dan Taberski. In 2018, a group of Navy SEALs broke ranks and accused their chief, Eddie Gallagher, of murder—sucking them all into the biggest war crimes trial in a generation. Did a Navy SEAL cross the line in Iraq?


Dan Taberski

Dan Taberski is a director, writer, and producer based in New York City. He created the kids show Destroy Build Destroy for Cartoon Network, and co-created the feminist digital comedy series Our Bodies, Myself. His 2016 documentary short film These C*cksucking Tears won jury prizes at the SXSW, Seattle, and Outfest film festivals. Taberski is a former producer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and worked on economic policy in the Clinton White House. He's also an accomplished quilt-maker.