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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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Deputy Police Chief Gary Brown files a whistleblower suit against City Hall, alleging he was fired for investigating the long-rumored Manoogian Mansion party. Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick denies the accusations. But while he’s on the stand, he’s asked a surprising, seemingly unrelated question — one that just might bring him down.  For bonus content from this episode, visit crimetownshow.com. 
From the partnership that brought you Dirty John, comes Man in the Window. Pulitzer prize winning reporter Paige St. John investigates The Golden State Killer, and traces his path of devastation through the eyes of his victims. Binge the series now at wondery.fm/CT
S2 E12: Fake News

S2 E12: Fake News

2019-07-1100:38:133

As rumors about a wild party at the mayor’s mansion continue to spread, Kwame Kilpatrick must fend off an increasingly unsympathetic media. Meanwhile, his opponent in the next election has a double-digit lead. Can the hip hop mayor survive?  For bonus content from this episode, visit crimetownshow.com. 
S2 E11: The Hip Hop Mayor

S2 E11: The Hip Hop Mayor

2019-07-0400:33:414

To his supporters, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is a new breed of politician: young, cool, and in touch with black culture. To his critics, his flashy appearance and taste for nightlife are evidence of his immaturity. Rumors about Kilpatrick begin to swirl: sky-high spending, an out-of-control entourage, and wild parties at the mayoral mansion. Is Kwame Kilpatrick in over his head? Or is he being targeted because of his race?  For bonus content from this episode, visit crimetownshow.com. 
When Mayor Coleman Young dies after twenty years in office, he leaves a yawning vacuum in Detroit’s power structure. But a successor quickly arises: a young, ambitious state legislator named Kwame Kilpatrick. He’s charismatic, larger than life, and has an impeccable political pedigree. There’s only one person who can stop Kwame Kilpatrick: himself.  For bonus content from this episode, visit crimetownshow.com.
S2 E09: Dimitri

S2 E09: Dimitri

2019-06-2000:39:084

Dimitri Mugianis is a rarity in Detroit: a white kid whose family stayed after everyone like them left. Growing up, he throws himself into the city’s avant-garde underworld, playing in art-punk bands and partying in gay clubs. But when his taste for the nightlife becomes a full-blown heroin addiction, he realizes that he’s in trouble—and, with a hot new drug called crack hitting the streets, it’s only going to get worse.  For bonus content from this episode, visit crimetownshow.com.
S2 E08: Operation Backbone

S2 E08: Operation Backbone

2019-06-1300:39:456

Still hung up on the unsolved murder of Damion Lucas, FBI agent Herm Groman devises an elaborate sting to ensnare the corrupt cops of the Detroit Police Department. Will it bring down Mayor Coleman Young, too?  For bonus content from this episode, visit crimetownshow.com.
A thirteen-year-old boy is murdered in a drive-by shooting. The Detroit police quickly apprehend a suspect. But the FBI is convinced that the wrong man is in jail — and that the real killers are escaping justice thanks to friends in high places.  For bonus content from this episode, visit crimetownshow.com.
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.  For bonus content from this episode, visit crimetownshow.com. 
S2 E05: YBI to the Day I Die

S2 E05: YBI to the Day I Die

2019-05-2300:37:5311

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.  For bonus content from this episode, visit crimetownshow.com.
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Comments (65)

Curtis Massey

Goddamn! This season is ON TIME! I'm lovin' it!

Jul 19th
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Archie Smith

Curtis Massey Wow, I just found it! Love!

Jul 19th
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ILLegal ELbow

is the plane going to blow up it's a phone moron not a detonator

Jul 17th
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Kimberley Cotton

ILLegal ELbow 🙄🙄

Jul 18th
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Nate Sheldon

,, , pk1

Jul 16th
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Joanna Francis

Nate Sheldon ?

Jul 17th
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Mikey Scallywags

Crimetown just isn't as good as the first season. I loved the idea of following one story in depth through the backdrop of a city. This series seems scattered.

Jun 9th
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Felix

I listen to a lot of podcast... Like a lot. But that 's by far my top 1. The way you guys get to have all those people telling you their story and the way it's put together is beyond most of those type of podcast! I'll follow you as long as you air for sure.. Thank thank thank!

Jun 2nd
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Incredible Similarity

It',s on Castbox as of May 2019.

May 29th
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Curtis Massey

The pod Father baby!

May 18th
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eric king

why is there only 1 episode to season 2 is it cancelled?

May 2nd
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Chrizs

Chrizs All the episodes are on Spotify they have an exclusivity deal

May 4th
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Chrizs

eric king Maybe they get released weekly?

May 4th
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Lori Best

This podcast is OUTSTANDING! Must listen. Season 2 is on Spotify. I can't recommend highly enough!

Apr 16th
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Kyle Holmes

What happened to season two?

Apr 8th
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Incredible Similarity

Evan Watts It's on Castbox as of May 2019. Check it out.

May 29th
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Evan Watts

Kyle Holmes Spotify exclusive

May 5th
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Lori Best

Excellent! Would make a great movie or series on TV. Please!

Apr 2nd
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Brie B

where'd the second season go?

Mar 15th
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Lucy Wardle

Loved season 1. thanks!

Dec 25th
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dawn morse

Edward Morlock was my grandfather

Dec 10th
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Joseph Kain

where are episodes? only epi 1

Nov 3rd
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ItzAmazingAmy

Joseph Kain it's on Spotify.

Dec 13th
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ItzAmazingAmy

Joseph Kain https://www.crimetownshow.com

Dec 13th
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Richard Brown

Has S2 stalled? Over a month since last ep.

Nov 3rd
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Jeremy Pierce-Sunia

Today is a MI th from the release of the season 2 ep 1 Why?

Nov 1st
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Josh Logan

I love your podcast definetly be in my top 5 of all time but........ wtf why is the new season exclusively on whatever platform. let's have it. think it's spotify or something.

Oct 24th
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Paul blackwood

What a find. Awesome cast and immediate subscription.

Oct 19th
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Krang

This Spotify only thing is bullshit. I bet they will lose listeners because of it...

Oct 18th
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Steffen Wanvik

Krang what? its not here anymore?

Oct 18th
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