51 episodes

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 • 14K 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.

    Stop the Robberies, Enjoy Safe Streets

    Stop the Robberies, Enjoy Safe Streets

    Detroit, 1971—a city riven by blight, racial strife, and rising crime. In the first episode of Crimetown Season 2, the police form a controversial undercover unit called STRESS—Stop The Robberies, Enjoy Safe Streets. One of the unit’s cops kills so many black men that he earns a nickname: Mr. STRESS. Can anyone stop him?
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    • 35 min
    The Battle for Detroit

    The Battle for Detroit

    A police shooting outside a community center leaves two black teenagers dead. Protesters take to the streets, igniting a movement to elect the city’s first black mayor. As election day approaches, the future of a racially polarized city hangs in the balance.
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    • 33 min
    The Fat Man and the Field Marshall

    The Fat Man and the Field Marshall

    Eddie Jackson and Courtney Brown are childhood friends from a poor neighborhood. Eddie is the troublemaker, drawn to Detroit’s seamier side; Courtney is his quiet, serious sidekick. As they grow older in a city with dwindling job options, they go their separate ways. But when Eddie dives into the heroin trade, Courtney faces a choice: play it safe and stay broke, or join his friend’s burgeoning empire and get rich. 
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    • 35 min
    The Kingpins' Kids

    The Kingpins' Kids

    When a hungry young DEA agent arrives in Detroit, he picks the perfect case to make his bones: taking down Eddie Jackson and Courtney Brown’s sprawling heroin organization. But if the drug kingpins fall, what will happen to their kids? As the feds close in, Eddie Jr. and Courtney Jr. must face the possibility of growing up without their fathers. 
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    • 32 min
    YBI to the Day I Die

    YBI to the Day I Die

    It’s the early eighties, and a new organization is revolutionizing the heroin trade: Young Boys Inc. Unlike other drug operations, YBI recruits juveniles, brands smack as if it were designer clothing, and moves the industry out of the dope houses and onto the corners. As YBI’s relentless expansion causes more and more bloodshed, its foot soldiers must reckon with their impact on Detroit. 
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    • 40 min
    The Mayor, the Barber, and the Babysitter

    The Mayor, the Barber, and the Babysitter

    Coleman Young has more underworld connections than you might expect of a big-city mayor. Sometimes those connections come in handy. But when his favorite niece starts dating an infamous drug dealer, Mayor Young must choose between keeping her out of trouble and keeping his hands clean. 
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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
14K Ratings

14K Ratings

Jojojojo1234321 ,

Amazing

I’m from RI and love hearing the stories told about the history of Providence. It’s an incredible series of events and this podcast tells it in an enchanting way.

bcr1112 ,

One of the best of all time

Particularly the Detroit season

CaptainCork ,

Entertaining & well produced

I found this. Few years back & forgot about it. Not that I didn’t want to listen, I’m usually listing to music & podcasts are in the back-burner.

Something came to mind a few weeks back & I looked to find if I had saved Crimetown, & I did.
As someone from R.I., knowing the history & people interviewed, it has been one wild ride!

I’m checking out season 2 now & I'm just as riveted as I was listening to season 1.

Thank you for putting this all together for us to share in!

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