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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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S2 E08: Operation Backbone

S2 E08: Operation Backbone

2019-11-0400:41:182

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.
Introducing Mogul

Introducing Mogul

2019-10-0100:38:25

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.
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.
S2 E19: From the Ashes

S2 E19: From the Ashes

2019-08-2900:34:57

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.
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.
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.
S2 E16: Surrendered

S2 E16: Surrendered

2019-08-0800:29:53

After serving 99 days in jail, former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick walks free. He heads to Texas and tries to settle into a new life. But Detroit isn’t quite ready to let him go. For bonus content from this episode, visit crimetownshow.com.
With the mayor behind bars, a crusading lawyer takes up the case of slain exotic dancer Tamara Greene. Could Kwame Kilpatrick have ordered her murder — or is it all an urban legend?For bonus content from this episode, visit crimetownshow.com.
From the same team that brought you Crimetown comes Crimetown Presents: The Ballad of Billy Balls. It’s 1982 in New York City, and a man bursts into an East Village storefront apartment and shoots punk musician Billy Balls. What follows is a mystery of love and loss that examines the tender binds of family, and the stories we tell ourselves just to survive. Learn more at www.theballadofbillyballs.com.
S2 E14: The Affair

S2 E14: The Affair

2019-07-2500:43:21

The revelation that Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick had an affair with his chief of staff — a romance detailed in thousands of explicit text messages — rocks Detroit. But it’s only the beginning of their troubles. For bonus content from this episode, visit crimetownshow.com.
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Tony D

HAHAHA Kwami thinks Obama "dis'd" him. what a delusional piece of shit. he didn't let you out b/c you are guilty and deserve to be in jail. you weren't part of 'zero tolerance'you moron - 3rd time in prison isn't zero times in prison. you have the logic of someone with mental illness. and stop playing the race card it's pathetic nobody's buying it. every mayor is corrupt in some way. kwami is corrupt to the point where the feds couldn't help but notice - he was too brazen. just own up to being a dumb ass man who is not sane enough to stay out of jail

Oct 6th
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Tony D

kwami kilpatrick - the story of one of the dumbest mother effers to ever hold public office. shows how much of a s hole detroit is too. season 1 way better. this guy is so full of shit he wouldn't last a second in a real city like Boston on NYC. he says he doesn't want to talk about specifics on the case and then gives a long canned speech without saying anything of substance. just a used car salesman who was too much of a dumb shit to stay out of prison. what a loser

Oct 6th
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Jean Willoughby

BBC TV nm m. mb on .

Sep 22nd
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Shelene W

The clearing ad is so annoying. I can't stand her voice.

Aug 31st
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