BONUS EPISODE: BUDDY CIANCI... THE MUSICAL

[LYRICS INTRO]

Sublime Providence

Divine Providence

Is now a town that everyone esteems!

The new...

Providence

It’s true...

Providence

Is finally the City of Our Dreams

 

[LYRICS BUDDY]

THE PUBLIC: BUDDY

THE PRESS: Our top story today, December 6, 2002: Buddy checks in... to jail.

THE PRESS: I’m here at the front gate of the federal prison where former Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, Vincent A. Cianci, Jr., better known as

THE PUBLIC: BUDDY

THE PRESS: is expected to surrender himself by noon today to serve his 5 year, 4 month term.

 

JONATHAN VAN GIESON: The show opened with Buddy standing in front of the prison, his back to the audience, just a light on him. And then the newscaster started to interview the various citizens of Providence, the denizens of the area—

 

MIKE TARANTINO: His constituents.

 

[LYRICS BUDDY]

NEWSCASTER: On the streets of city, reactions to the former mayor’s incarceration were… to say the least, mixed.

CITIZEN #1:

GOIN’ TA JAIL? COURSE I’M SAD

HE WAS THE BEST DAMN MAYOR WE EVER HAD

THEY MADE UP A CHARGE AND THEY TRIED HIM AND SENTENCED HIM

BUT THE FED COULDN’T REALLY PROVE A DAMN THING AGAINST HIM

 

THE PUBLIC: VISIONARY...VISIONARY... BUDDY

 

CITIZEN #2:

CALL HIM A MAYOR? HE’S JUST A LITTLE THUG

NASTY LITTLE GANGSTER WITH A CRAPPY LITTLE RUG

AND AT THE END OF THE DAY?

YOU CAN’T RUN A CITY WITH A BAD TOUPEE...

 

JONATHAN: And then there's three different people who represent three different points of view on Buddy tin Providence. One is that he was totally set up. One is that he's a total thug.  He's the worst thing that ever happened to Providence. And one that, yeah he's a thug but he doesn't care because of the great things he's done for the city.

 

[LYRICS BUDDY]

CITIZEN #3:

WELL, IN MY OPINION, IT’S A PITY

LOOK AT ALL THE GREAT THINGS HE’S DONE FOR THIS CITY BEFORE HE TOOK OFFICE, THIS TOWN WAS A MESS.

DO I THINK HE’S GUILTY? PROBABLY, YES

THE PUBLIC: WE DON’T CARE BUDDY

 

MIKE: I’m Mike Tarantino, I wrote the music and also some of the words to Buddy Cianci the Musical.

 

JONATHAN: And I’m Jonathan Van Gieson, I wrote the book and the rest of the words to Buddy Cianci the Musical.

 

[LYRICS BUDDY]

CITIZENS [singing over each other]:

GOIN’ TA JAIL? COURSE I’M SAD

BEST DAMN MAYOR WE EVER HAD

THEY MADE UP A CHARGE AND THEY TRIED HIM AND SENTENCED HIM

YOU CAN’T RUN A CITY WITH A BAD TOUPEE

THE PUBLIC: VISIONARY, BAD FAKE HAIR-Y, OUR BEST MAYOR.  BUDDY

 

ZAC STUART-PONTIER: Today on Crimetown, we’re going to have a little fun with a holiday special.  In 2003, two Brown University alumni created a musical about Buddy Cianci.  It was performed seven times at the New York Fringe Festival.  

 

JONATHAN: the Fringe Festival, the New York Fringe Festival at that point had just sent Urinetown to Broadway,

 

MIKE: That’s right.

 

JONATHAN: so there was this whole bunch of possibility. Like you could write a musical about pee and then you'd be on Broadway and we thought, you know what's better than pee... is Buddy Cianci.

 

MARC SMERLING: Unfortunately, no recordings were made of those performances. So we called some of our friends who work in musical theater and asked them to help us resurrect this forgotten musical classic.  

 

MARC: I’m Marc Smerling.

 

ZAC: And I’m Zac Stuart-Pontier.

 

Welcome to Buddy Cianci: The Musical.

 

[LYRICS]

BUDDY BUDDY BUDDY BUDDY BUDDY BUDDY BUDDY!

 

MARC: So, you know, tell us why Providence, RI.

 

JONATHAN: Well we both went to school at Brown, who knows why anyone goes to college. Seemed like a good idea at the time.  Mike and I met there, and became friends.

Providence was a ghost town back then. There was, I kid you not, I was walking through the downtown area on a weekend and I saw a tumbleweed roll by (laughter) I mean, where the canals are now was a trickle of sump water and it was, like apparently stunk. It just ran through and there was a stench where you walked over it.

 

ZAC: That stinky sliver of water … had been trickling through downtown Providence since way before Jon and Mike went to college, even before Buddy ran for mayor.  

After the Musical’s opening number, the lights go down, and we go back in time to a city in need of a savior.

 

JONATHAN: So the song was…

 

MIKE: Sweaty armpit, sleaze and swarm pit, will do you harm pit, eggplant and parm pit, back to the armpit of New England.

 

[LYRICS THE ARMPIT OF NEW ENGLAND]

GUYS: YOU’RE THE KIND OF JOE THAT LIKES TO DRIVE

GALS: AIN’T THAT SWELL

GUYS: INTERSTATE YOU’LL TAKE IS 95

GALS: WHAT THE HELL?

GUYS: HERE’S THE WAY YOU’LL KNOW THAT YOU’VE ARRIVED

GALS: BY THE SMELL!

GUYS: OF THE ARMPIT OF NEW ENGLAND.  

 

TOWNS: Downtown is just a railway yard

GROUP: Unadorned.

TOWNS: Mayor’s hoisted by his own petard.

GR OUP: That’s the norm.

TOWNS: All the movie theaters showing hard -

GROUP: Core porn.

TOWNS: That’s the armpit of New England

 

JONATHAN: It was a great way of setting up the town as the song. And then when we looked at the map, visually it looks like it's going to stick right there in the armpit of, it’s where you would put the deodorant…

 

TOWNS: Between Connecticut and MAssa-choots

GROUP: Look and see

TOWNS: Every map will tell you that’s the truth

GROUP: It must Be

TOWNS: Hard to Argue Geographic Proof

GROUP: Visually

TOWNS: It’s the Armpit of New England

 

ZAC: Do you remember first hearing about Buddy Cianci?

 

JONATHAN: You know I don't, I guess by the time I got to college I already knew about him. But I don't remember the first time I heard about him. I remember the first time I met him.

 

ZAC: Tell me.

 

JONATHAN: This was I think my senior year and a friend of mine was having this party. And so we invited Buddy Cianci, who showed up!

 

ZAC: And this is just a college party?

 

JONATHAN: Just a college party

You know it was this gag, you’re at college, you invite the mayor to your party. Of course you do. We were there at this house party and there, there walks in with his entourage, Buddy Cianci. You know goes around the room, “Hey how are you doing. How you doin. Hey how are you doing over there. Hey nice shirt. I like that shirt. Oh who's that on your shirt. Good to see you. Hey how are you doing. All right bye.”

I think that's what got him elected so many times was his willingness to go to pretty much anything he was invited to.

 

ZAC: Did you guys ever shake his hand?

 

JONATHAN: I did twice.

 

MARC: Yeah. One might call that the formative moment. That was the moment –

 

JONATHAN: Stuck in my head.

 

MARC: That was the musical moment.

 

MIKE: I did not get to shake his hand

 

ZAC: This song, “May I Shake Your Hand,” takes Buddy into politics. Remember, the first time he ran for mayor, he was an unknown up against a well-oiled democratic machine.

 

[LYRICS MAY I SHAKE YOUR HAND?]

Buddy: This Whole Friggin’ System is Going Awry

This City Needs a Change and I’m Just the Guy

To Ram Some Reform Right through the Rotten Spleen

Of this Dirty Stinking Sad Corrupt Political Machine...

 

JONATHAN: This is, this is before he was the guy that everybody knew. And so he would go up to people and say, “May I shake your hand” and sometimes they would, and sometimes they wouldn't.

 

[LYRICS MAY I SHAKE YOUR HAND?]

The City is an Onion and I’m the Next Layer

I’ve got a big surprise for all the Nay Sayers

The game is on and there’s a new player

I’m Buddy Cianci, I’m running for mayor.

May I - May I Shake - May I Shake Your- May I Shake Your Hand?

The Record clearly shows that the incumbent

To call him crooked would be redundant

He’s just as bad, as bad as Watergate

Now me. I’m the anti-corruption candidate.

 

JONATHAN: Oh that's right. He ran his first campaign, he was the anti-corruption candidate. That was the –

 

MARC: That's why I was talking about irony.

 

JONATHAN: Yeah, that’s, we didn't know about that back when we wrote this. We didn't know about irony for some reason. We've looked it up since.

 

[LYRICS MAY I SHAKE YOUR HAND?]

The City is an Onion and I’m the Next Layer

I’ve got a big surprise for all the Nay Sayers

The game is on and there’s a new player

I’m Buddy Cianci, I’m running for mayor.

May I - May I Shake - May I Shake Your- May I Shake Your Hand?

Anchorman: Good evening Providence with most districts in

We can make our projections about who will win

Taking the office by the seat of his pants... we

Predict our new mayor is Buddy Cianci

 

JONATHAN: There was the slick smooth politician, you know on the streets. And then there was this sort of like, more arrogant powerful sort of in the back room deals and then there was the absolute, you kr now, psychotic lunatic that comes out later

 

[LYRICS MAY I SHAKE YOUR HAND?]

You May Shake My Hand!

 

JONATHAN: You know I'm sure once he got to office he found that all the, all the stuff that he thought he was going to get done-

 

MIKE: Yeah.

 

JONATHAN: Wasn't going to get done necessarily.

 

MIKE: It was going to do him.

 

JONATHAN: And I think it was pretty quick after he got elected that he gave up on those particular values that he espoused in his campaign. We had a whole song about that, The Department of Public Works which was setting up all the, all the things—

 

MIKE: The shenanigans

 

JONATHAN: The shenanigans that Buckles and Blackjack, actual guys named Buckles and Blackjack. [laughing]

 

MARC: If they put that on the application you got to pause for a second.

 

JONATHAN: You look at it you say should I hire these guys? Then you say, yeah I'm hiring these guys. [laughing]

 

MIKE: Yeah. I remember you sent me this one and I was about to send it back and I said, yeah it's a waltz. And you're like, no it's supposed to be funny! You know-

 

JONATHAN: It’s a funny waltz.

 

MIKE: It’s a funny waltz. As waltzes go.

 

[LYRICS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS]

BUCKLES:      We always bring on the best man for the job

So how can you say it’s a flaw

When the man for the job just so happens to be

A contributor’s brother-in-law

 

MOB LADY: But say they know someone who can’t get a job, cause

He don’t know what working’s about. [duck music]

We give him a salary for not showing up

That’s the way the department helps out.

 

JONATHAN: So there they are, they're giving jobs to people who don't show up. the Department of Public Works I think it was like the prime job to get because, you know you had access to all these materials you'd buy them for cheap, steal them and then charge the city for twice as much for half the merchandise.

 

[LYRICS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS]

BOTH: The Department of Public works!

We’re finding new ways to help each guy get paid

Regardless of whether he works

MAN: Explain to me please about missing construction materials all around town.

BUCKLES: I wouldn’t know nothing bout that Mr. Mayor, I’ll see if the stuff can be found…

 

JONATHAN: We hear concrete's getting stolen. “I never heard nothing about that, Mr. Mayor. Just, ridiculousness

 

[LYRICS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS]

BUCKLES: ...it’s bullshit I’m always a model employee, beside nothing’s ever been proved.

 

JONATHAN: The fact that it worked for so many years. The “I don't know.” “Where, where did that 7 billion tons of concrete go?” “I don’t know.”

 

[LYRICS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS]

BOTH: The Department of Public works!

If you ever get stuck you can make a quick buck

Cuz free concrete is one of the perks!

BOTH: The Department of Public… [Yeah! Money!]

...of Public…

...of Public...

The Department of Public works! [That’s the ticket! Corruption is fun!]

 

JONATHAN: He started to establish himself as mayor. And we started to get into his marital troubles which happened in the second and third terms where you know the rumors had it he was, he was not, he was not a gentleman who enjoyed a particular affinity for fidelity to his spouse.

 

ZAC: His wife’s name was Sheila… but...

 

JONATHAN: When we were in school, the legend was that he married a woman named Nancy Ann. And so her name was Nancy Ann Cianci. That was what everyone said her name was and it was fun to say. In fact we did have a song earlier where he's wooing his wife and singing to her “Will you be my Nancy-Ann Cianci.

 

MIKE: I love that.

 

JONATHAN: “Don't you know I'm not a fancy man. But if you want to take a chance you can be my one and only Nancy-Ann, my Nancy-Ann Cianci.” Yeah that was a fun dumb song. So he woos her. And then, you know, of course, becomes embroiled in the power and having fun. And some reports say he was doing some drugs at that point. And so, he gets all hyped up, he decides that his wife is having an affair with his best friend. I don't know how well he knew the guy actually. But...And so kidnaps the guy and takes him to his house and there's that famous, he throws an ashtray at him he throws a cigar at him and demands $100,000, something like that.

 

ZAC: This was one of Buddy’s lowest moments.  A night that he kidnapped and tortured a man in his own home, a castle-like structure on Power Street.  

 

JONATHAN: We never wrote a song about that scene. We wanted to but we never got that one done.

 

MIKE: I thought that was a conscious choice.

 

JONATHAN: Was it?

 

MIKE: To keep it like-

 

JONATHAN: To keep it heavy?

 

MIKE: That was pretty dark. Yeah.

 

JONATHAN: I feel like we would make a different choice 15 years later because I mean that could be a great- He kept saying D-E-D dead, you’re dead. D-E-D dead. And that's the—

 

MIKE: Oh, we gotta write that song.

 

JONATHAN: Alright let’s do it. I’ve got the chorus. It goes, “D-E-D dead, D-E-D dead. I threw an ashtray at your head, you’re D-E-D dead,” no that's not good.

 

MIKE: Oh my God.

 

JONATHAN: And so that brought us- in the show that brought us that particular scene and his, the subsequent, did he resign? He resigned from office.

 

MIKE: Resigned, took his knocks, pled nolo contendere.

 

JONATHAN: Nolo contendere.

 

MIKE: That’s a song.

 

JONATHAN: We considered a song called Nolo Contendre. I don't think we ever wrapped our minds around it but-

 

MIKE: I can assure you I did not.

 

[LYRICS THE HOUSE ON POWER]

NANCY-ANNE: There were so many roads you could have gone down. So many more attractive avenues.

 

JONATHAN: So we wrote a song for Nancy-Ann Cianci where she's talking about different streets and how it's a metaphor for their lives.

 

[LYRICS THE HOUSE ON POWER]

NANCY-ANNE: But I should have known the hour that you picked a house on Power, that power was only path you’d choose…

 

JONATHAN: ‘Some people love power. But most people just live off Hope.’ Which is all streets in Providence. That’s her swan song. Leaving him. Walkin out the door.

 

[LYRICS THE HOUSE ON POWER]

NANCY-ANNE: Why couldn’t we attempt to build on Friendship. It didn’t always have to be this way. We wouldn’t be the first if we had tried to live off Hope, and not dead-ended where we are today.

 

JONATHAN:  So act one ends. He's out of power after his first three terms.

 

[LYRICS THE HOUSE ON POWER]

NANCY-ANNE: Once you’ve reached the heights of Power. Stop and breathe the air. And take a moment to reflect. It’s all downhill from there.

 

ZAC: We’ll be back for Act 2... after intermission.

 

[BREAK]


 

[LYRICS DIVINE PROVIDENCE]

Townsperson: Downtown

Has Been Down in the Dumps

Hit its share of Speed Bumps

It’s Been a Bumpy Ride

BUDDY: Now picture Downtown. The Tourist Destination...

 

ZAC: Welcome back. We’re halfway through Buddy Cianci: The Musical, with its creators, Jonathan Van Gieson and Mike Tarantino. We’ll pick things up at the beginning of Act 2. It’s 1990, and Buddy Cianci has made a surprise mayoral comeback.

 

JONATHAN: He's back in office and he’s starting to make improvements on the city.

 

[LYRICS DIVINE PROVIDENCE]

BUDDY: In Your...

Chorus: Providence

BUDDY: There’s More...

Chorus: Providence

BUDDY: Your Chest Swells Til Your Shirt Bursts at the Seams

In Time

Chorus: Providence

BUDDY: Divine

Chorus: Providence

BUDDY: Is Gonna Be the City of Our Dreams…

 

JONATHAN: He starts work on Waterplace Park, which, you know, was that rancid river we were talking about earlier but now he's made it into a river with gondolas on it and water fires. All these improvements are making Providence into the vision I think that he has for it.

 

[LYRICS DIVINE PROVIDENCE]

This town,

You’d pass through an forget her.

Until someone made it better…

And Buddy was the guy

This town

Never be that way again, it’s

Got a gondola like Venice

And he’s the reason why

BUDDY: The new...

ALL: Providence

BUDDY: It’s true...

ALL: Providence

BUDDY: Is now a town that everyone esteems!

BUDDY: Sublime

ALL: Providence

BUDDY: Divine

ALL: Providence

BUDDY: Is finally the City of Our Dreams

 

JONATHAN: And that’s when Aiken shows up. He’s the antagonist to Buddy’s protagonist I think. Is the, you know...

MIKE: Well said.

 

ZAC: Dennis Aiken … the FBI agent on a crusade to take Buddy down.

 

JONATHAN: We put him in a trench coat and hat that shadowed his face.

 

[LYRICS OPERATION PLUNDER DOME]

AIKEN: Let’s situate you in the situation.

The assignment that brings about our assignation.

Here in the smallest state in the nation

The state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

There’s the biggest corruption in all of creation…

 

JONATHAN: That's, it’s his big announcement of the name of the operation, which I mean I think is one of the best names ever.

 

ZAC: Another thing you just couldn't make up.

 

JONATHAN: I know right?

 

ZAC: Plunder Dome.

 

JONATHAN: Plunder Dome.

 

[LYRICS OPERATION PLUNDER DOME]

AIKEN: Operation Plunder Dome…Operation Plunder Dome…

 

JONATHAN: Aiken’s looking for someone to be his inside man in this organization and so he finds Freitas.

 

ZAC: Tony Freitas… the undercover operative who wore a wire.

 

[LYRICS OPERATION PLUNDER DOME]

AIKEN: Now these guys are going to think you’re stupid, you’re going to let them.

FREITAS: Nobody’s going to think I’m stupid.

AIKEN: Look, Tony, these are the kinds of guys that they already think you’re stupid because of your accent so just let them think it.

FREITAS: Yeah yeah but-

AIKEN: They think you’re stupid, they’ll tell you more. They’ll explain things to you. That’s how we’ll get to them.

FREITAS: Ok. Let’s get these cockroaches.

AIKEN: Now you’ll need a code name. Your company does air conditioning? We’ll call you Mr. Freon.

AIKEN: Every admin in this administration

Is implicated in my implication

And that is the reason I chose this location

As an agent of the bureau of investigation

I am

The man

Behind Operation Plunder Dome… Operation Plunder Dome

FREITAS: Good morning, Joseph!

PANNONE: Good morning, how are you!

FREITAS: Ok buddy.

PANNONE: Ok buddy, who is this?

FREITAS: Tony.

PANNONE: [laughs] What are you doin?

AIKEN: Operation Plunder Dome. Operation Plunder Dome.

 

JONATHAN: We had Freitas walk into this meeting with a briefcase on his shoulder that had a camera sticking out of it. So the visual was he’s coming in, you know, and they’re not noticing of course, because they didn’t. How they could not catch on that this guy was going like, “So, been doing any illegal activity lately? Do you have any illegal activity you’d like to mention? Testing. Testing. Do you have any illegal…” And I think it was one of the funniest moments in the show, was his sneaking around with this briefcase with a camera sticking out, this camera lens sticking out of the edge of it.

 

ZAC: As opening night approached in New York City... Mike and Jonathan put the finishing touches on the script and score. They painted the sets. They pieced together costumes. And they scoured the city for the one thing they just had to get right.

 

JONATHAN: We must have gone to a dozen wig shops to find the perfect one and this one we found, I think in a remaindered box, like a remaindered wig box, and it was just a piece of molded plastic with, amazingly, Buddy's hair on top of it.  That sort of tortoise, tortoise shaped? How would you describe that?

 

MIKE: Yeah.

 

JONATHAN: Sweep.

 

MIKE: I mean it had a wave. Yeah like, no no it didn't. Sorry.

 

JONATHAN: Clamshells it's a clamshell.

 

MARC: A helmet. Like a hair helmet.

 

JONATHAN: It looked just real enough and just ridiculous enough to really sell the bad toupee.

We had a big final moment where he's standing in front of the jail in Fort Dix and there's a spotlight on him and he sings his big final song ….

 

[LYRICS (I’M YOUR) BUDDY]

I’m your Buddy, Providence.

I’m your Buddy. Have been since I was born.

1941

I’m your native son

I’m your Buddy

 

JONATHAN: You really did get the feeling even though you don't want to believe it, right. But you did get the feeling that he loved Providence and he wanted it to be great. He wanted it to be one of the great cities of the world. there's something lovable about that, that pride of place you know that love of the city.

 

[LYRICS (I’M YOUR) BUDDY]

I’m your Buddy, Providence. I’m your pal.

Loved you like I never loved a gal.

I raised you like my kid

And look at what you did

To me

Your Buddy

I gave you my vision

You Put Me in Prison

Maybe I made some mistakes

To make their damn point

They’ll stick me in the joint

But I had what it takes

 

JONATHAN: And then he takes off his toupee, he leaves it on the ground and walks off into the darkness and the toupee is sitting there in the spotlight to close out the show.

 

[LYRICS (I’M YOUR) BUDDY]

To be your Buddy….

 

MARC: And how successful was it?

 

JONATHAN: In what way? [laughter]

 

ZAC: During the 2003 Fringe Festival, Buddy Cianci: The Musical did seven sold-out shows at the La Tea theater.

Afterwards, the cast did a reading of the musical for the Providence Performing Arts Center, or PPAC, to see if they might want to put on a production in Providence. But in the end, PPAC passed on the show, and it was never performed again.

 

JONATHAN: Artistically, you know, it was an interesting experiment for us, I wouldnt, you know, there's... In terms of the reviews, they were mixed. We had a couple really good ones, a couple really bad ones, and a couple that were, like, eh, it could be good with work.

I think the best review I got was from Buddy himself, which was, he never saw the show because he was in prison at the time. And I went to see the documentary that Cherry Arnold, is that her name, did about him and he was there. He'd gotten out of prison recently, you know, I had to go up and say hi of course. And I said, Hi, I'm Jonathan Van Giesen. I've written a musical about you. He’s like, Oh yeah, yeah I heard about that. Yeah, yeah. I talked to Lynn over at PPAC about it. He said it was unfixable. And I was like, I just got Buddy'ed, didn't I? I just got — He just cut my legs out from under me right there. Like, so I said that to Mike, and Mike's response I thought was great.

 

MIKE: Yeah, it's totally fixable, come on. I disagree with Lynn from PPAC.

 

[laughter]



 

ZAC: Crimetown is me, Zac Stuart-Pontier and Marc Smerling in partnership with Gimlet Media.

As the year draws to a close, we wanted to take a chance to thank our incredible team, you all do so much great work and we really do appreciate it. Thanks for putting up with us.

And to all you Crimetown junkies out there… from the entire Crimetown team, thanks for listening this year.

As a small token of our appreciation… All the songs that you heard on today’s show are available to download for free, on our website crimetownshow.com. Be careful, they’re very catchy. Have a Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

This episode was produced by Nikita Burdein, Rob Szypko and Austin Mitchell.

Our senior producer is Drew Nelles.

Editing by John White, Soraya Shockley and MR Daniel.

Buddy Cianci: the Musical was written by Jonathan Van Gieson and Mike Tarantino

The Crimetown recordings of their songs were produced by Nikita Burdein.

They were arranged and Recorded by Dan Reitz at Dan Reitz Studios

The cast included

Michael Lutton as Buddy Cianci:

Ali Reed as Nancy Ann Cianci

Christian Paluck as Dennis Aiken

Nikita Burdein as Tony Freitas

Brian Hansbury and Elizabeth Slack as Dept of Public Works Employees,

And additional characters performed by: Joe Leonardo, James Bruffee, Lane Kwederis, Kiki Mikkelsen, Matt Giroveanu, Chris Bell, Daniel Tepper.

Dan Reitz played the Keyboards, Trombone, Guitar, Bass and Drums

Stefan Zeniuk played the Saxophone and Additional Horns, and

Dan Brantigan played the Trumpet

This episode of Crimetown was mixed by Kenny Kusiak.   

Our credit track this week is Rosaleen Eastman’s special holiday rendition of our theme song Goat’s “Run to your Mama.”

Our ad music is by Matthew Boll.

Thanks to Julia Heymans, Emily Wiedemann, Mike Stanton, Dan Barry, and everyone who shared their stories with us.  

Alex Blumberg is the podfather… he would go up to people and say, “May I shake your hand” ... sometimes they would, and sometimes they wouldn't.

And about next season. We have picked a city… we know you want to know what that city is…  we are not going to tell you. Not yet, at least. Stay tuned.





 

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