47 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, 12.1K 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.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
12.1K Ratings

12.1K Ratings

Nxt Gen Cowboy ,

Season II

I loved the first season on Providence!
However when I found out the second season was to be on Detroit I couldn’t wait!!! I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit’s Eastside and first started paying attention to politics and current events during the reign and aftermath of the Kilpatrick administration! Everyone had an opinion on Kwamme and that period was when I realized it distinct, deep and intense the divide and disconnect between the suburbs and the city were! It was this political scandal and corruption that really ignited my interest in politics! I have been a Detroit history fanatic! I read the autobiography of Butch Jones the Y.B.I founder, grew up hearing of the Coleman Young years, and watching first hand Kwamme’s Saga unfold, following it in the newspaper everyday!

From someone who loves Detroit, grew up in the suburbs but spent a lot of time in the city and considered myself a Detroiter, and completely inthralled by Detroit’s history and legacy I have been loving this in-depth dive into the stories cities want to be forgotten but cannot be for they notorious nature of the crime and corruption!

Plus I just have to say... BK is the true villain in the tail of Detroit, Kwamme is doing the time Bernard should be doing! I am not saying Kwamme is an innocent man in this situation, however it was his dad who extorted, took advantage, profited immensely from the situation and is most likely opening the Pandora’s Box that resides on any politicians desk! Once you compromise yourself towards corruption even a little bit, that first bribe you take, that first quid pro quo favor you do, that first abuse of power and circumstance committed, the levy has been breached! From then on it can escalate all too quickly because once compromised further compromises become easier and eventually
It just becomes standard operating procedure!
Absolutely stunning work and in-depth investigation into crime and corruption, even though I Love Detroit I cannot wait for what city is next!

CANNONBALLSWIMMAH ,

Crimetown

I listened to all of Seasons 1 & 2 and I absolutely loved it! I hope there’s more to come in the future! The stories, narrating, interviews, and topics were so intriguing I couldn’t stop listening! I listened on the way and home from work which I have a long commute! I would sneak an episode here and there at work don’t tell my boss! Loved it, loved it, loved it!

KLSE17 ,

Interesting characters

Great interviews and storytelling. Many lively characters. The episodes build upon one another, but also tell totally different perspectives. Fascinating.

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