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Welcome to Crimetown, a series produced by Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier in partnership with Gimlet Media. Each season, we investigate the culture of crime in a different city. In Season 2, Crimetown heads to the heart of the Rust Belt: Detroit, Michigan. From its heyday as Motor City to its rebirth as the Brooklyn of the Midwest, Detroit’s history reflects a series of issues that strike at the heart of American identity: race, poverty, policing, loss of industry, the war on drugs, and our universal desire for a savior. Detroit’s a tough town, and its residents are even tougher. They’ve weathered riots, a drug epidemic, political scandal, and innumerable other hardships, but they’re still here—and they have stories to tell.

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    • 4.7, 13.4K Ratings

Welcome to Crimetown, a series produced by Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier in partnership with Gimlet Media. Each season, we investigate the culture of crime in a different city. In Season 2, Crimetown heads to the heart of the Rust Belt: Detroit, Michigan. From its heyday as Motor City to its rebirth as the Brooklyn of the Midwest, Detroit’s history reflects a series of issues that strike at the heart of American identity: race, poverty, policing, loss of industry, the war on drugs, and our universal desire for a savior. Detroit’s a tough town, and its residents are even tougher. They’ve weathered riots, a drug epidemic, political scandal, and innumerable other hardships, but they’re still here—and they have stories to tell.

    Introducing Mogul

    Introducing Mogul

    Introducing Mogul, a show about hip-hop's most iconic moments, told by the people who lived them. This season starts with Luke Campbell of the 2 Live Crew getting thrown in jail. Luke wound up in handcuffs because, according to a Florida judge, his music was obscene. To understand how this happened, we have to go back in time to 1980s Miami, to a sweatbox teen disco that birthed a new kind of hip hop: Miami bass.
    Stream the entire season on Spotify now. Episodes drop weekly on Wednesdays everywhere else.

    • 39 min
    The Streets Don't Love You Back

    The Streets Don't Love You Back

    Growing up, Rob Boyd is ignored by his absent, womanizing father, a well-known local preacher. His mother marries a kindhearted factory worker, who helps raise Rob and his siblings. But after his stepfather is murdered, Rob goes astray, entering a brutal world of drugs and violence.
    To learn more about Rob's work today, visit thestreetsdontloveyouback.ning.com.

    • 41 min
    From the Ashes

    From the Ashes

    In the Crimetown Season 2 finale, Kwame Kilpatrick begins his 28-year prison sentence. Although he still maintains his innocence, his chances of a retrial are slim. Meanwhile, Detroit is undergoing a remarkable economic transformation. But who is benefitting from the Motor City miracle? And is the era of crime and corruption really over?
    For bonus content from this episode, visit crimetownshow.com.
    To make a donation to Auntie Na's House, visit auntienashouse.org. 

    • 37 min
    United States v. Kwame Kilpatrick

    United States v. Kwame Kilpatrick

    After a decade of scandals and a sprawling corruption investigation, Kwame Kilpatrick faces his most daunting challenge yet: a federal trial that could put him in prison for decades. The former mayor is no longer fighting for his political life or his marriage — now, he’s fighting for his freedom.
    For bonus content from this episode, visit crimetownshow.com.

    • 39 min
    Operation Bombay Dreams

    Operation Bombay Dreams

    For years, the FBI has been running a wide-ranging corruption investigation into the Kilpatrick administration. As they dig deeper, the feds uncover a massive pay-to-play enterprise that reaches every level of City Hall. Is Kwame Kilpatrick a crook? Or are his associates just exploiting his name in order to enrich themselves?
    For bonus content from this episode, visit crimetownshow.com. 

    • 42 min
    Surrendered

    Surrendered

    After serving 99 days in jail, former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick walks free. He heads to Texas and tries to settle into a new life. But Detroit isn’t quite ready to let him go.
    For bonus content from this episode, visit crimetownshow.com. 

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
13.4K Ratings

13.4K Ratings

scott garvey ,

Rhode Islanders ...listen!

Love this show,,,if you want to Learn more about the most corrupt little state in the union you have to listen . As everyone knows in Rhode Island...every one knows everyone . Guarantee you will know someone in this podcast or know someone who does ...the song rivals the sopranos song too! Garvey

Mrstass ,

How do you get season 1?

I can only get season 2 😔

AntiAdJB ,

Excellent and fascinating!

Born on the East Side of Providence and grew up in the Cianci era and lived a few streets away from Mr. P! Moved to FL in 1983 so didn’t live through round 2 of the Buddy comeback. This podcast is incredibly well researched and presented. Tripping down memory lane of old haunts and the experiences of the city - especially “up da Hill”. Episodes fly by! Few more to listen too and wish there were many more.

Thanks for bringing my youth back to me and learned many things I didn’t know - pretty cool to find out I was married by Judge DeRobbio who prosecuted Buddy!

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