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caption: The show COPS has returned to filming, in Spokane.
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The show COPS has returned to filming, in Spokane.
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Bad Boys: COPS is back, this time in Spokane

COPS returns to production – just not for a US audience. How rural idyll became a permanent playground for the wealthy. And this week’s chat with Seattle’s mayor Jenny Durkan.

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COPS is taping again

This summer amid widespread uprisings against police brutality, Paramount network announced the cancellation of the show COPS. With much less fanfare, it restarted production for international audiences this month in Spokane. Salon TV critic Melanie McFarland takes a look at what we’re told about police on the small screen.

Justin Farrell, Billionaire Wilderness

Like Grover Norquist at Burning Man, wealthy people would like you to believe that they are just like us! (Only with Learjets.) Yale professor Justin Farrell’s new book is Billionaire Wilderness: The Ultra-Wealthy and the Remaking of the American West. In it, he chronicles how mountain and rural towns are being shaped into an unattainable image.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan 10.22

From election security to Seattle’s LGBTQ commission calling for her resignation, Bill Radke spoke as usual with Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan.