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The Times: Daily news from the L.A. Times

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“The Times” is a podcast from the Los Angeles Times hosted by columnist Gustavo Arellano along with reporters from our diverse newsroom. Every weekday, our podcast takes listeners beyond the headlines, with our West Coast outlook on the world. News, entertainment, the environment, immigration, polit… read more


Car chases are deadly. We love them anyway

Whether by horse, on foot, or in a car, Americans have loved watching lawmen chase bad guys for ages, going all the way back to colonial times. In this era of social media and livestreaming, high-speed car pursuits are as popular as ever and now are broadcast everywhere. Today, we'll talk to University of South Carolina criminology professor Geoffrey Alpert, who studies car chases, and to Zoey Tur, a pioneering TV news helicopter pilot who was one of the first people to ever cover them in Los Angeles, the undisputed capital of car chases. We'll also hear from our senior producer Steven A. Cuevas. All three guests disapprove of our host Gustavo Arellano's car-chase obsession and will try to break him of his habit. Can they succeed?

More reading:

Are Los Angeles police chases worth the risk to bystanders? Last year saw record injuries

Police pursuits cause unnecessary deaths and injuries, L.A. County grand jury says

10 crazy Southern California police car chases

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