Wow! My favorite ever!
Just wrapping up season 1 and don’t want it to end! Awesome job I could listen to the wise guys forever!
A real gem
The way this is produced is amazing. The stories are so engaging. I can’t stop listening.
So well done!! Binged on both seasons, sad to see it end. So interesting. Enjoyed hearing from the persons involved!!! Thank you for a great podcast.
Nxt Gen Cowboy
I loved the first season on Providence!
However when I found out the second season was to be on Detroit I couldn’t wait!!! I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit’s Eastside and first started paying attention to politics and current events during the reign and aftermath of the Kilpatrick administration! Everyone had an opinion on Kwamme and that period was when I realized it distinct, deep and intense the divide and disconnect between the suburbs and the city were! It was this political scandal and corruption that really ignited my interest in politics! I have been a Detroit history fanatic! I read the autobiography of Butch Jones the Y.B.I founder, grew up hearing of the Coleman Young years, and watching first hand Kwamme’s Saga unfold, following it in the newspaper everyday!
From someone who loves Detroit, grew up in the suburbs but spent a lot of time in the city and considered myself a Detroiter, and completely inthralled by Detroit’s history and legacy I have been loving this in-depth dive into the stories cities want to be forgotten but cannot be for they notorious nature of the crime and corruption!
Plus I just have to say... BK is the true villain in the tail of Detroit, Kwamme is doing the time Bernard should be doing! I am not saying Kwamme is an innocent man in this situation, however it was his dad who extorted, took advantage, profited immensely from the situation and is most likely opening the Pandora’s Box that resides on any politicians desk! Once you compromise yourself towards corruption even a little bit, that first bribe you take, that first quid pro quo favor you do, that first abuse of power and circumstance committed, the levy has been breached! From then on it can escalate all too quickly because once compromised further compromises become easier and eventually
It just becomes standard operating procedure!
Absolutely stunning work and in-depth investigation into crime and corruption, even though I Love Detroit I cannot wait for what city is next!
I listened to all of Seasons 1 & 2 and I absolutely loved it! I hope there’s more to come in the future! The stories, narrating, interviews, and topics were so intriguing I couldn’t stop listening! I listened on the way and home from work which I have a long commute! I would sneak an episode here and there at work don’t tell my boss! Loved it, loved it, loved it!
Great interviews and storytelling. Many lively characters. The episodes build upon one another, but also tell totally different perspectives. Fascinating.
I am addicted to this podcast. I just want more & more episodes.
Kilpatrick is scum and his supporters are a joke
I listen to so many podcasts. Probably 10 hours a day. This is the best. It’s professionally on the edge and thankfully goes over the edge often.
Season 2: Clickbait
Season 2 is a disappointment. Each episode buries the lead because speculation is far more titilating than reality. Clickbait.
Just h8 it
The fastes runner sonic
It is terrible
High quality material, I only give 4 stars due to the theme music. It is akin to nails on a chalk board.
Best crime podcast ever
The production value, stories, interviews and pure grit found within is astoundingly awesome. I am hooked. Keep them coming!
The attention to detail is astounding
Gimlet can do no wrong. I love how the producers interweave great audio and stories from across the season’s backdrop (Providence, RI for S1), for a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Highly recommended!
Season 2 was better.
That’s my review.
Both seasons have been great. Well-researched, entertaining, and very interesting. I highly recommend!
Season 1 was more entertaining then I thought it would be!
I had heard about this podcast via another podcast about season 2. Well I figured I’d listen to season 1 first and see if it was any good, I didn’t think I would enjoy listening to a corrupt mayor. I was so wrong! Getting all the background on the mob activity and listening to them laugh about how crazy it was back then was great. It’s an amazing the roller coaster ride of Mayor Buddy, it’s like how can people love this guy? Then you hear his interactions while in jail and at his portrait unveiling and you can’t help but love him. He seemed like an interesting guy for sure. I’d love to see Buddy the musical, it sounds hilarious!
Now onto to season two!
Here’s to 100K!!
Love this podcast!!
Great stuff in a sea of bad podcasts
Both seasons are really well-done. The in-depth reporting is so good and gives an unbiased, behind-the-scenes look at these cities and cultures. Now that literally. everyone. has a podcast, it’s more difficult to find the good ones. Superb storytelling here.
Boner in sweat pants
Very enjoyable. Mayor Young was before my time. I never realized how corrupt he was during his time as mayor. All of the side stories were great, too! I’m looking forward to season three.
Season 1 was great. Season 2 is trash
Race baiting pushing the liberal agenda in season 2. Don’t waste your time.
I lived outside of Detroit for several years during the infamous Mayor Kirkpatrick reign. I enjoyed hearing the history of the city in earlier times and how it struggled. Detroit has always been a town that struggled but they keep on fighting. Thank you for sharing the truth of the history of this city. Although I wasn’t born in Michigan, I always hold Detroit close to my heart.
Good podcast. A different take on drugs and politics
The first season was especially exciting as a Rhode Island native having grown up in the 80s and 90s. So much effort went into the first season I didn’t think it would be possible to equal the Providence season but season two is every bit as intriguing.
Amber T M
This is seriously one of the best podcasts out there oute of any genre. The production is on point and interviews are thorough. Another homerun from Gimlet!
Yes to Spotify
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Enjoyed what I listen to thus far until I started hearing words bringing bleeped out. Not quiet sure why words would be bleeped when we are on the subject of murder and dealing drugs. If the creators of the content can’t keep the thing intact i don’t want to hear it. I’m sorry but it’s a big let down that the story can’t be told as is and certain sounds need to be bleeped out.
These are about 20 mins. 3 mins of commercial and 3 mins of wasted overproduced sections with music and previously on sound clips. Come on man. This is a cool story, just be straight forward.
You had me at “Cianci”
I’m from the Providence area, so I was on board with this podcast from episode 1. I didn’t know if it was that the podcast was great, or that I was just excited to learn more about these stories that had entered local lore by the time I was growing up. Now that season 2 is out, I can say that it’s definitely an awesome podcast. The story telling is fantastic and I love the interviews with fascinating, complicated people.
Detroits crime history, well told.
I've only listened to season 2. I was born in Detroit around the time when this series starts. It's really great to hear all the inside detials and history of somehting that I had little knowledge of since I was just a baby but knew the aftermath of it as I grew up. Detroit, when I was young, was a place that people from the suburbs were terrified to go to. Even in the 80s when I went to college in the city, you had to always be on the lookout and make sure to never went into certain areas. I enjoyed my college years and worked in the city for a year or so afterwards but got out as soon as I could find a job in another cit and never looked back. I hear it's gotten much better and is going through a change that has brought artists and craftsman into areas that have transformed old burnt out and abandoned places into art studios, gardens and handcrafted food kitchens and breweries. It's still not a place that I would want to live but it's good to hear thta it's doing better. It's also funny to hear one of the people interviewed say "party store", which is what all people from Wayne county call a liquor store. The only place in the world that uses that slang.
What a letdown
thats neat 14
Season 1 was great. We anticipated season 2, waited forever and the podcast was trash. No storyline, it jumped everywhere and I didn’t learn much. Please don’t continue making this liberal podcast
Season 1=5 stars, Season 2=3 stars, Total 4 stars
Season 1 offers great content and human perspective; if one gets past the sometimes condescending attitude (Northeastern host visiting the South 'hicks'), one can see human condition and strugles outside our owns. One of my favority series of all times. Season 2 also offers great content however, the MUSIC! The choice of music to accompany the episodes is good although the volume, the going up and down volume is soooo IRRITATING! I'm having a hard time continuing listening the rest of the season. Producers: please reign in whoever is in charge of this aspect, it doesn't enhance the quality of the podcast but diminishes it. There is such a thing as TOO MUCH!
one of the best I think!!
One of the best chronicles of American urban justice and injustice !
This podcast is absolutely wonderful the way it tells the American city experience. The music, the people... great, great stories.
Not a lot of content per episode
The show is pretty interesting, but there are only 20 minutes (about 50% of each episode) of actual content.
Crimetown is awesome. The use of interviews and primary sources is really impressive. The podcasts are very well produced and move along nicely. Educational and entertaining, while also uncovering real corruption.
A tale of two cities
Season 1 was perfect. It was engaging and it felt personal. The listener felt a love affair with Providence. However, season 2 feels more clinical and there was a lack of emotion from the narrators and interviewers. Also, the theme song does not invoke the spirit of the city or the story being told. Both seasons have great story telling and season 2 is getting better. But, Detroit deserves more humanizing of the people and the city. The fun, the joy, and the pride is not reflected; how this life can be appealing.
One of the absolute best podcast I’ve ever listened to!
I never leave reviews and I’ve listened to podcasts for years before anyone around me knew what a podcast was. This series is what podcasts were built for. The best of the best. Thanks for such in-depth, amazing, smart, strong reporting and storytelling. So interesting, informative and entertaining. Addictive!!! Thank you.
The first time I’ve binge listened since Serial
Having moved to RI six years ago for no other reason other than I loved it here, I was met with warm welcome and grave concern: “But what about the corruption?” The only Rhode Islander I knew before moving here had written stories about his grandfather and dropped names like Patriarca, and it meant little to me, though it was an interesting story. NOW I know just what everyone was talking about! I couldn’t stop listening to the first season. This plays out like a movie, and the podcast crew does an excellent job. Thank you for the crash course in RI’s recent history!
Wonderful, descriptive and detailed reporting and interviews. My only complaint is the theme songs for both seasons are annoying and grating, so much so that I have to skip the intros. How can you have a podcast about Detroit and not lead with soul or funk music? Please, please stop with the abrasive intro music with future seasons. And I say this as an avid podcast listener with interest in all music genres and who rarely has this issue with podcasts intros. I can think of only one other, which was so unpopular with listeners that they changed it. Otherwise, keep up the awesome reporting!
My favorite podcast
Please make more seasons!
The first season is tough to beat (I loved it so much I listened to the whole thing twice) but this season 2 is growing on me and I’m genuinely disappointed when the episode ends and I have to wait another week for the next one. Well done!
Thanks for putting season 2 on iTunes!
Everyone download listen and enjoy!
Fascinating Tales from America’s Cities
One of the beat podcasts out there. Great story telling.
Season one 5*, season two 2.5*
Season One was terrific. That was then, this is now. We start Season Two off with racism and the execution of black youth by the police. This paints a pretty sympathetic picture of what was happening at the time to a disenfranchised minority. However, we are then asked to carry-over our sympathies to feel for black drug dealers who are selling into their own communities. It is only episode 5 (on iTunes) but it’s very hard for me to feel badly for drug dealers. Perhaps the tone will change in the next 15 episodes, if so, I will edit for more stars.
Season 2 fails. Nowhere as interesting as season 1. Just like season 2 of Serial
State of the art podcast
Crimetown is the model of a perfect podcast. Season One is still the most entertaining and fascinating pod series I have heard. Couldn't be better.