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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.

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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United States

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KPCC

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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.

Language:

English


Episodes

Introducing WILD by LAist Studios

7/8/2021
Introducing WILD by LAist Studios, a podcast about origin stories. About those moments big and small that transform people forever. Season 1 of WILD: Home Forever is a time capsule of these kinds of moments captured during a global pandemic that left a lot of us "growing up" again while stuck at home for more than a year. In episode 1, we meet Daisy Figueroa who went back to her childhood home and decides to transform it. In the process, she creates her own business and redefines the...

Duration:00:34:55

Bonus Episode: Norco 80: The Aftermath - Guns And Police

6/28/2021
Hear from Pulitzer Prize winning host Chris Haxel of the No Compromise podcast, Michael Sierra-Arévalo of the University of Texas, and LAist Studios Executive Producer and Norco 80 host Antonia Cereijido discuss the pervasiveness of gun culture and the militarization of the police force. This audio is from a live virtual event that aired on May 20, 2021, presented by LAist Studios and KPCC. BetterHelp and Norco ‘80 listeners get 10% off their first month at BetterHelp.com/laist This program...

Duration:00:55:20

Bonus Episode: Norco 80: The Aftermath - Survivalism

6/28/2021
LAist Studios Executive Producer and Norco 80 podcast host Antonia Cereijido takes an in-depth look at survivalism and preppers, past and present with special guests Paige Ferrari of National Geographic’s Doomsday Preppers and Bradley Garrett, author of Bunker: Building for the End Times. This audio is from a live virtual event that aired on May 13, 2021, presented by LAist Studios and KPCC. BetterHelp and Norco ‘80 listeners get 10% off their first month at BetterHelp.com/laist This program...

Duration:00:53:00

Podcast Listening Tour: Yeah No, I'm Not OK Featuring Residente

5/18/2021
Welcome to our final episode in our Yeah No, I'm Not OK listening tour. If you enjoyed these episodes, please head over to our Yeah No, I'm Not OK feed to hear more from Jermaine Fowler, Janaya Future Khan, Dr. Carl Hart and more. In this episoe, René Pérez Joglar AKA Residente tells Diane Guerrero how he stays centered and creative during even the hardest of times. For more resources on addiction or to get help, please visit: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline. More...

Duration:00:37:15

Podcast Listening Tour: Yeah No, I'm Not OK Featuring Demi Lovato

5/11/2021
Diane Guerrero speaks with Demi Lovato about Demi's nearly fatal overdose and how she is telling the story on her own terms. She tells us what gets her up in the morning and explains the importance of self-care and how it might also help you. For more resources on addiction or to get help, please visit: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline. More support (via text) can be found at: https://www.crisistextline.org/ Additional Information on depression and anxiety can be found...

Duration:00:24:52

Podcast Listening Tour: Yeah No, I'm Not OK Featuring Eric Andre

5/4/2021
Host Diane Guerrero and comedian Eric Andre talk about therapy, meditation and making sure that you put your mental health first. For more on Transcendental Meditation, visit: www.tm.org More information on Dr. John Sarno’s book “Healing Back Pain” here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/144873.Healing_Back_Pain If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the United States at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK). You can find a list of additional resources at...

Duration:00:54:44

Podcast Listening Tour: Yeah No, I'm Not OK Featuring Dascha Polanco

4/27/2021
Host Diane Guerrero and Dascha Polanco met on the set of Orange Is the New Black and soon became friends. In this episode, they talk about what it meant to come up together as actors and Latinx artists. They also discuss their personal experiences with body image and what it means to continuously choose to embrace what is uniquely yours. For more information and support for eating disorders, please visit: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/help-support/contact-helpline If you are having...

Duration:00:37:57

A Conversation about Policing

3/8/2021
In 2016, Rosa Brooks, a full-time law professor at Georgetown University, became a reserve police officer. Rosa had previously studied and written about the role of violence in society, but always from a perspective outside of law enforcement. Now, she's written a book about her years of service and the insight she gained about identity, militarization, and what police actually think. This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation...

Duration:00:22:25

A Conversation About Survivalism

3/1/2021
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.

Duration:00:24:17

Chapter 8: Danger Signs

2/22/2021
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.

Duration:00:33:44

Chapter 7: George Smith

2/15/2021
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.

Duration:00:42:38

Chapter 6: The Trial

2/8/2021
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.

Duration:00:43:44

Chapter 5: Big Guns

2/1/2021
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.

Duration:00:42:59

Chapter 4: The Final Chase

1/25/2021
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.

Duration:00:42:45

Chapter 3: The Robbers

1/18/2021
George Smith didn't set out to rob a bank. He just wanted to survive the apocalypse. This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

Duration:00:40:18

Chapter 2: The Firefight

1/11/2021
The bank robbers make it out of the Security Pacific Bank, cash in hand––but they’re immediately met by the police and a firefight begins. Norco ‘80 is produced by LAist Studios in collaboration with Futuro Studios. *Editor’s note: For clarification, Deputy Sheriff Andrew Delgado-Monti carried both a revolver and a shotgun during the firefight outside the Security Pacific Bank, which was standard for the Riverside Sheriff’s Office at the time. This program is made possible in part by the...

Duration:00:35:50

Chapter 1: The Robbery

1/11/2021
May 9th, 1980 began as a regular Friday in sleepy Norco, a small town about 48 miles east of Los Angeles, known mostly for its horse trails and old-western look. But around 3:30pm, five masked men with assault rifles robbed the Security Pacific Bank downtown. Norco ‘80 is produced by LAist Studios in collaboration with Futuro Studios. This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

Duration:00:24:12

Trailer: Norco 80

11/12/2020
In 1980, a devastating bank robbery shocked Southern California. It was carried out by masked men determined to outlive the apocalypse. But the robbery would quickly spin out of control, providing a cautionary tale of an America in the midst of an economic recession and serve as a complex conversation about the role of police forces in our communities. This is the story of Norco ‘80, a new podcast from LAist Studios.

Duration:00:03:03