Crimetown

Welcome to Crimetown, a show that investigates the culture of crime in different American cities.

Season 2 is out October 1, exclusively on Spotify

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About Crimetown

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. 

New episodes out Mondays, exclusively on Spotify. 

How to listen:

Listen for free on Spotify.

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Where To Get Started

Perhaps you are a new listener checking out our show for the first time. You can start from the beginning, or try a few of these episodes which we like a lot.

The Team

Drew Nelles

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Drew is a senior producer at Crimetown. Prior to joining Gimlet, he was an award-winning magazine editor and writer in Canada.

John White

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John White is a producer for Crimetown. Previously he worked at StoryCorps facilitating conversations and producing stories for NPR’s Morning Edition and Weekend Edition broadcasts.

Rob Szypko

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Rob is an associate producer for Crimetown. Previously, he worked on stories at places like NPR and Audubon Magazine. He also used to teach first grade, and especially enjoyed snack time.

Soraya Shockley

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Soraya is an associate producer at Gimlet Media. Previously, she interned at Crooked Media and worked as a reporter for Youth Radio

Samantha Lee

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Samantha Lee is an Associate Producer at Gimlet. Previously, she produced immersive audio tours for Detour.com and worked as a television development executive at truTV and Animal Planet. She grew up in the suburbs of Detroit.