22 episodes

USA TODAY’s critically acclaimed investigative podcast about power in American cities.
Season 1, Chicago: A black neighborhood fights back when a mysterious man with mob ties builds an illegal dump across the street from an elementary school. Along the way they confront corrupt politicians, apathetic bureaucrats—and a secret undercover FBI investigation.
Season 2, Reno: A surprising proxy battle for the future of Reno pits a brash strip club kingpin against power brokers in city hall. The winner-takes-all fight could remake the city—and ruin lives in the process.

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    • 4.4 • 2.5K Ratings

USA TODAY’s critically acclaimed investigative podcast about power in American cities.
Season 1, Chicago: A black neighborhood fights back when a mysterious man with mob ties builds an illegal dump across the street from an elementary school. Along the way they confront corrupt politicians, apathetic bureaucrats—and a secret undercover FBI investigation.
Season 2, Reno: A surprising proxy battle for the future of Reno pits a brash strip club kingpin against power brokers in city hall. The winner-takes-all fight could remake the city—and ruin lives in the process.

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    The City recommends: A new season of The Sneak

    The Sneak: Murders at Whiskey Creek follows a world champion surfer as he pulls off the biggest jewel heist in American history. Things turn deadly as he is implicated in two murders afterwards.

    • 6 min
    Stephanie's Second Chance

    Stephanie's Second Chance

    The courts reach a decision in Stephanie's appeal. Plus, some news about The City.

    • 6 min
    The Stand-off

    The Stand-off

    In this follow-up to our investigation of Tesla's Nevada Gigafactory, we look at what happens when state safety inspectors and one of the state’s biggest employers go head to head.

    • 23 min
    The Confrontation

    The Confrontation

    Accusations of sexual assault at the Spice House strip club come to light.

    • 30 min
    A New Reno

    A New Reno

    As old Reno disappears around them, Kamy, Stephanie, and Velma all try to find their bearings.

    • 47 min
    Behind the Curtains

    Behind the Curtains

    Everyone wants to know what’s happening in the strip club’s VIP rooms—including the courts.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
2.5K Ratings

2.5K Ratings

•Andrea> ,

Great investigative format!

This podcast is a fantastic portrayal of how there’s layers of drama, ulterior motives and power-plays in every town & government- you just have to do some digging...

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Wow this podcast is the best non-murder investigative series I’ve ever heard. It looks at how authority and power works in American cities and had two seasons before its producer USA Today canceled the show. The first season looks at a Black Chicago community’s fight to get rid of an illegal dump across the street from an elementary school. The story is made up of many different parts, some expected and some unexpected, including bizarre legal technicalities, corrupt politics, mob crime, a six-story debris pile, and a twist I couldn’t have predicted. Told through the voices of those who lived it the podcast provides an intimate and detailed looks into one neighborhood’s struggle for equality. Host Robin Amer created and narrated the 10 part miniseries. Each episode is on average 29 minutes long but the show has no commercials. I loved the reporter’s voice which I felt wasn’t trying to be a Dateline host and the music is very professional. Script is of an excellent quality and is supported by secretly recorded conversations, first person testimonials from high ranking public officials, and witness accounts.

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Shannanews ,

Love both seasons

Season 1 breaking down the mess of Chicago politics was great. Things never change.
Season 2 in Reno is so well researched & gives so much contextual history. Fascinated by both. Great journalism.

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