A NewsPolitics and Society podcast featuring Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier
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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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Detroit, 1971—a city riven by blight, racial strife, and rising crime. In the first episode of Crimetown Season 2, the police form a controversial undercover unit called STRESS—Stop The Robberies, Enjoy Safe Streets. One of the unit’s cops kills so many black men that he earns a nickname: Mr. STRESS. Can anyone stop him?For bonus content from this episode, visit
In Season 2, Crimetown explores crime and corruption in the heart of the Rust Belt: Detroit, Michigan. Expect stories of police shootings, the drug trade, and political scandal from a city divided by race. Coming October 1st.
Crimetown Season Two will begin very soon. In the meantime, check out the first episode of Up and Vanished's second season. Last season, host Payne Lindsey looked into the disappearance of Tara Grinstead, a teacher and former pageant queen from Georgia. This time, Payne tackles a new story: the disappearance of a young mother, Kristal Reisinger, who went missing from a remote Colorado town.

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LuckyBridget reviewed this podcast on Jun 11th, 2017
"Great show, great research, and an extremely gripping topic. There is minimal subjectivity and a whole lot of facts!"
fomer reviewed this podcast on Jun 10th, 2017
"Excellent first season exploring the New England mob. From the producers of The Jinx, you get more crimes told in gripping detail with some of the participants who occasionally refuse to self incriminate. Fascinating work."
Mateojo reviewed this podcast on Jan 23rd, 2018
"Love this show. Had no idea of the history of organized crime in Providence. Can't wait to see what city they do next. "

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