The Making of a Mayor
Buddy Cianci runs for mayor as the anti-corruption candidate, promising to change Providence. He’s a novice Republican politician in a city ruled by Democrats and mobbed-up unions. As he struggles to get elected, he faces an impossible choice: stay clean and lose, or get a little dirty and win.
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Buddy worked long hours during his first few years as mayor. He spent much of his time at ribbon cuttings, groundbreakings and business openings. "They say I would go to the opening of an envelope. I went everywhere. The opening of a wound, I’d go to," Buddy said of his early years.
Crimetown is Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier. It is produced by Drew Nelles, Austin Mitchell and Mike Plunkett. The show is edited by Alex Blumberg and Caitlin Kenney. Fact-checking by Mick Rouse. This episode was mixed by Matthew Boll. Sound design and scoring also by Matthew Boll. Our title track is "Run To Your Mama" by Goat. Original music by John Kusiak, Jonathan Ivans, Edwi, and Bienart. Additional mixing by Enoch Kim and Martin Peralta. Our intern is Yuya Kudo. Kate Parkinson-Morgan is the digital editor and Ale Lariu is the design director. Archival research by Brennan Rees.
This season of Crimetown is dedicated to the memory of Zachary Malinowski. Special thanks to David Fisher, the co-author of Buddy Cianci's autobiography, Politics and Pasta. Thanks to the Providence Journal, the Rhode Island Historical Society, Brad Turchetta and the Cianci Estate, Ed Dimeglio at Retro Media, Paul Campbell, Austin Thompson, Julia Heymans, Emily Wiedemann, Dan Barry, Mike Stanton, Mary Murphy and everyone who shared their stories with us. Providence is a special place, and we are honored to tell a part of its story.