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.

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 36m. Bisher sind 58 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint wöchentlich.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 1 day 7 hours 55 minutes


Introducing | Firebug

From the creator of Crimetown and Morally Indefensible comes a new podcast, Firebug. In the early 1990s, a manuscript for a novel called “Points of Origin” lands at literary agencies across the country. It tells the story of a fictional serial arsonist who lights up southern California. The thing is… the fires described in the novel may actually be real...



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...


 2020-08-18  4m

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...


 2019-10-01  39m

episode 20: The Streets Don't Love You Back

After a boy’s stepfather is murdered, he goes astray, entering a brutal world of drugs and violence.


 2019-09-05  41m

episode 19: From the Ashes

With Kwame Kilpatrick sentenced to 28 years in federal prison, Detroit tries to move on. But is the era of crime and corruption really over?


 2019-08-29  37m

episode 18: United States v. Kwame Kilpatrick

Kwame Kilpatrick faces his most daunting challenge yet: a federal trial that could put him in prison for decades.


 2019-08-22  39m

episode 17: Operation Bombay Dreams

A massive corruption investigation threatens to put Kwame Kilpatrick behind bars for good.


 2019-08-15  42m

episode 16: Surrendered

After 99 days in jail, Kwame Kilpatrick gets a taste of freedom. But it won’t last long.


 2019-08-08  30m

episode 15: The Murder of Tamara Greene

With Kwame Kilpatrick behind bars, a lawsuit pushes the killing of an exotic dancer back into the headlines.


 2019-08-01  39m

Introducing The Ballad of Billy Balls

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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


 2019-07-31  9m