Right Here, Right Now
When Mayor Coleman Young dies after twenty years in office, he leaves a yawning vacuum in Detroit’s power structure. But a successor quickly arises: a young, ambitious state legislator named Kwame Kilpatrick. He’s charismatic, larger than life, and has an impeccable political pedigree. There’s only one person who can stop Kwame Kilpatrick: himself.
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Up there in the ice
Right here, Right now
Following the attacks of September 11, Gil Hill played up his experience in public safety and security, as in this ad where he touts his endorsement from the Detroit Police Officers Association.
A Very Lonely Position
In his inaugural remarks, Kwame called upon Detroiters to “rise up” to the challenges facing the city. Among his priorities were to reorganize the police department and expand after school programs.
Crimetown is Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier. This season is made in partnership with Gimlet Media and Spotify. This episode was produced by John White, Soraya Shockley, Rob Szypko, and Samantha Lee. The senior producer is Drew Nelles. Editing by Zac Stuart-Pontier and Marc Smerling. Fact-checking by Jennifer Blackman. This episode was mixed, sound designed, and scored by Robin Shore. Original music this season composed by Homer Steinweiss. We recorded some original music at Rustbelt Studios in Detroit in partnership with Detroit Sound Conservancy. Special thanks to Carleton Gholz and Maurice “Pirahnahead” Herd. Additional music by Kenny Kusiak, John Kusiak, and additional mixing by Bobby Lord. Our theme song is “Politicians In My Eyes” by Death.
Our credit music this week is “True Story Pt. 2” by Phat Kat. Archival research by Brennan Rees. Archival courtesy of Tim and Tobias Smith. They have a film called “KMK: A Documentary of Kwame Kilpatrick.” Check it out. Additional archival material courtesy of WXYZ, the Walter P. Reuther Library at Wayne State University, and the Detroit Historical Society. Show art and design by James Cabrera and Elise Harven. Thanks to the Detroit Free Press, Peter Bhatia, Jim Schaeffer, Mary Schroeder, Mary Wallace, Max White, Randy Lundquist, Erick Hetherington at D&D Video, Devin Scillian, Melissa Samson, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History, Khary and Tunesia Turner, Miles Feldsott, and everyone who shared their stories with us. Detroit is an amazing place, and we’re honored to tell a small part of its story.