Heroin, Police Brutality, and Election Regret: ‘Crimetown’ Finds the Humanity in Detroit’s Seedy History

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Click the audio player above to hear the full conversation. CultureShift airs weekdays 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit Public Radio.

Gimlet Media’s popular podcast Crimetown is nearing the end of its second season—one that completely focused on Detroit.

The podcast begins with the rise of the heroin trade and follows the history of the deadly police unit known as STRESS in the 1970s, then explores Coleman Young’s historic and controversial  two-decade run as mayor, and ends with the rise and fall of Kwame Kilpatrick 

CultureShift’s Amanda LeClaire spoke with Crimetown producers Drew Nelles and John White about why they chose to focus on Detroit for the podcast’s latest season.


You can listen to Crimetown on Spotify. 

Click on the audio player above to hear the producers of Crimetown discuss why they chose to feature Detroit on the second season of their popular podcast. 


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About the Author

Amanda LeClaire

Host, CultureShift

Host of WDET’s arts, culture, and music program, CultureShift.

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