As rumors about a wild party at the mayor’s mansion continue to spread, Kwame Kilpatrick must fend off an increasingly unsympathetic media. Meanwhile, his opponent in the next election has a double-digit lead. Can the hip hop mayor survive?
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Time for Some Offense
A PANDEMIC AT THE DEBATE
FOUR MORE YEARS
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, Samantha Lee, Soraya Shockley, and Rob Szypko. 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 Kenny Kusiak. 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 and John Kusiak. Additional mixing by Bobby Lord. Our theme song is “Politicians In My Eyes” by Death.
Our credit music this week is “Survival Kit” by Phat Kat. Archival research by Brennan Rees. Archival material courtesy of WXYZ and the Walter P. Reuther Library at Wayne State University. Show art and design by James Cabrera and Elise Harven. Thanks to the Detroit Free Press, Peter Bhatia, 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, the Detroit Historical Society, Brendan Roney, Mike Martin, Ron Fleming, Art Blackwell, Harold Gurewitz, ML Elrick, Darci McConnell, Charlie LeDuff, Zak Rosen, Elizabeth Clemens, 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.