From the Ashes
In the Crimetown Season 2 finale, Kwame Kilpatrick begins his 28-year prison sentence. Although he still maintains his innocence, his chances of a retrial are slim. Meanwhile, Detroit is undergoing a remarkable economic transformation. But who is benefitting from the Motor City miracle? And is the era of crime and corruption really over?
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A TALE OF TWO LIVES
In 2015, President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison. Obama visited El Reno Correctional Facility, where Kwame Kilpatrick was locked up. Kwame had no expectations that he would have a chance to meet with his former political ally, but the visit’s symbolism was not lost on the former mayor, or on the local press. Courtesy of WXYZ.
TOO MUCH TIME
Kwame Kilpatrick’s youngest son Jonas wrote the song “Too Much Time” to support his father’s attempts at a resentencing. The family continues to push for Kwame’s freedom through the Free Kwame Project. Courtesy of Jonas Kilpatrick.
TAKE BACK THE MOTHERLAND
Motor City Miracle?
Crimetown is Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier. This season is made in partnership with Gimlet Media and Spotify. It’s produced by John White, Rob Szypko, Soraya Shockley, 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 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. Check them out at detroitsoundconservancy.org. Thanks to our amazing studio musicians: Kent Crawley, Aisha Ellis, Ian Finklestein, Gregory “Greco” Freeman, David Lee Spradley, Brandon Williams, Larry Fratangelo, Takashi Iio, and Ufuoma D. Wallace. Special thanks to Carleton Gholz and Maurice “Pirahnahead” Herd. Additional music this season by John Kusiak, Kenny Kusiak, Jon Ivans, Edwin, and Bienart.
Additional mixing by Bobby Lord. Our theme song is “Politicians In My Eyes” by Death. Our credit track this week is a very special cover of “Politicians In My Eyes,” by Detroit Soul Ambassador Melvin Davis. Produced by Drew Schultz at D&S Productions. Archival research by Brennan Rees. Archival footage courtesy of WXYZ. Show art and design by James Cabrera and Elise Harven. Thanks to the Detroit Free Press, Peter Bhatia, Jim Schaeffer, Melanie Maxwell, Mary Schroeder, Bob Schedlbower, the Walter P. Reuther Library at Wayne State University, Mary Wallace, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History, Melissa Samson, the Detroit Historical Society, Brendan Roney, Austin Mitchell, Ryan Murdock, Kaitlin Roberts, Allie Delyannis, Jeff Risk, Jackson Kusiak, and everyone who shared their stories with us. Detroit is an amazing place, and it's been an honor to tell a small part of its story.