52 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 • 13.7K 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 | Morally Indefensible

    Introducing | Morally Indefensible

    1979 is the year that Ex-Green Beret Doctor Jeffrey MacDonald is convicted of the murders of his pregnant wife and two young daughters. It’s also the year he meets a new friend in famous journalist Joe McGinniss. Joe agrees to write a book about Jeff’s case. That book becomes a smash bestseller and a TV limited series watched by over 65 million people, but the story it tells isn’t quite the story Jeff expected and that sets off a series of events that ruin both men’s lives…Who’s the real bad guy here, the journalist or the murderer?

    • 4 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
13.7K Ratings

13.7K Ratings

frankhank ,

Corruption central! Fascinating! Perfect podcast!

This is so well researched, often including original sources such as recorded testimony, transcripts, interviews from prison (remember when people used to go to prison for white collar crime?), etc. Although there is a ton of detail, the stories are so fascinating it’s never too much. I’m Addicted! But I’m gonna start slowing down my listening because I only have six episodes of Detroit left. Looking forward to Boston or a southern city, but with these guys at the helm I’m not gonna be fussy!

PETRBuilt ,

First Season

The first season is honestly the best single season podcast I’ve ever listened to. If you like organized crime and politics, this is the best podcast for you.

Season two was ok because it deviated from the organized crime aspect, and the Mayor in season two ultimately came across as a very unlivable person that I ultimately wanted to see pay for his crimes.

mjrpvd ,

GREAT PODCAST

The pandemic has allowed me to discover podcasts, prior to Covid I never listened to them. Over the past 11 months I have listened to a lot of podcasts but this one is the best I have heard.

I especially liked season one as I grew up 8n Providence , Rhode Island and lived through the Cianci years.

Excellent job on both seasons.

When will you do another season? Please do another season.

For you listeners looking for a podcast to listen to crimetown (both seasons) they are both great.

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