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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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