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USA TODAY’s critically acclaimed investigative podcast about power in American cities.Season 1, Chicago: A black neighborhood fights back when a mysterious man with mob ties builds an illegal dump across the street from an elementary school. Along the way they confront corrupt politicians, apathetic bureaucrats—and a secret undercover FBI investigation.Season 2, Reno: A surprising proxy battle for the future of Reno pits a brash strip club kingpin against power brokers in city hall. The winner-takes-all fight could remake the city—and ruin lives in the process.

The City recommends: A new season of The Sneak | S E1
How did Jack Roland Murphy go from world-champion surfer to notorious jewel thief? How did it all go wrong and end in at least two murders in the murky waterways of southern Florida? Find out this season on The Sneak: Murders at Whiskey Creek.Subscribe today: wondery.fm/thesneak_accused...

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The City recommends: A new season of The Sneak | S E1
How did Jack Roland Murphy go from world-champion surfer to notorious jewel thief? How did it all go wrong and end in at least two murders in the murky waterways of southern Florida? Find out this season on The Sneak: Murders at Whiskey Creek.Subscribe today: wondery.fm/thesneak_accused...

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Stephanie's Second Chance | S2 E9
The courts reach a decision in Stephanie's appeal. Plus, some news about The City....

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The Stand-off | S2 E8
In this follow-up to our investigation of Tesla's Nevada Gigafactory, we look at what happens when state safety inspectors and one of the state’s biggest employers go head to head....

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The Confrontation | S2 E7
In this Season 2 bonus episode, accusations of sexual assault at the Spice House strip club come to light. Two women who work there head to the club to confront their bosses, their phones secretly set to record....

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The City recommends new podcast, The Sneak
In its first season, The Sneak looks at the case of a former Division I football star who attacked a Brinks Truck guard in 2008 and ran off with $400,000 in cash, before his grand flourish: Escaping in an inner tube down a river. Through new reporting, host Nate Scott discovered it was more than the story of a heist and that at the center was one small town and its secrets. Secrets about what actually happened with that crime back in 2008. And who actually helped pull it off....

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The City recommends: A new season of Accused
When a 39-year-old father of three went to his third-shift job at a uranium processing plant and completely vanished one muggy night in 1984, his family thought for sure he’d turn up with some strange tale about quitting his job in a huff. But the days without contact turned into weeks, and the weeks into years, and David Bocks never resurfaced. Now, 35 years later, Cincinnati-based reporters Amber Hunt and Amanda Rossmann piece together this bizarre tale in the latest season of Accused, an investigative tr...

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A New Reno | S2 E6
As old Reno disappears around them, Kamy, Stephanie, and Velma all try to find their bearings. For bonus and behind-the-scenes content for Episode 6, visit thecitypodcast.com. Or follow us:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecitypod/Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/thecitypodFacebook: https://facebook.com/thecitypod...

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A New Reno | S2 E6
As old Reno disappears around them, Kamy, Stephanie, and Velma all try to find their bearings. For bonus and behind-the-scenes content for Episode 6, visit thecitypodcast.com. Or follow us:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecitypod/Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/thecitypodFacebook: https://facebook.com/thecitypod...

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Behind the Curtains | S2 E5
A mysterious device shows up at the Wild Orchid, and Kamy is paranoid the city is out to get him. Everyone wants to know what’s happening in the strip club’s VIP rooms—including the courts. For bonus and behind-the-scenes content for Episode 5, visit thecitypodcast.com. Or follow us:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecitypod/Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/thecitypodFacebook: https://facebook.com/thecitypod...

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Behind the Curtains | S2 E5
A mysterious device shows up at the Wild Orchid, and Kamy is paranoid the city is out to get him. Everyone wants to know what’s happening in the strip club’s VIP rooms—including the courts. For bonus and behind-the-scenes content for Episode 5, visit thecitypodcast.com. Or follow us:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecitypod/Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/thecitypodFacebook: https://facebook.com/thecitypod...

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West World | S2 E4
We go 20 miles east of Reno, to a mountainous landscape full of wild horses, brothels, and Tesla’s futuristic Gigafactory. City boosters say it’s the engine driving the New Reno. But the truth of what that means is darker and more complicated than it first appears. For bonus and behind-the-scenes content for Episode 4, visit thecitypodcast.com. Or follow us:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecitypod/Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/thecitypodFacebook: https://facebook.com/thecitypod...

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The Pendulum | S2 E3
Big-game hunters in town for an annual safari convention go to the Wild Orchid looking to let loose. But city police have other plans, marking Reno’s latest swing from permissiveness to restrictiveness.For bonus and behind-the-scenes content for Episode 3, visit thecitypodcast.com. Or follow us:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecitypod/Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/thecitypodFacebook: https://facebook.com/thecitypod...

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If They Want War, We'll Give 'Em War | S2 E2
A secret report on strip clubs is revealed, but it’s no smoking gun. As Midtown changes, residents of a weekly hotel make their fury known to a council that says they’re just pawns in a bigger game.For bonus and behind-the-scenes content for Episode 2, visit thecitypodcast.com. Or follow us:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecitypod/Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/thecitypodFacebook: https://facebook.com/thecitypod...

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If They Want War, We'll Give 'Em War | S2 E2
A secret report on strip clubs is revealed, but it’s no smoking gun. As Midtown changes, residents of a weekly hotel make their fury known to a council that says they’re just pawns in a bigger game.For bonus and behind-the-scenes content for Episode 2, visit thecitypodcast.com. Or follow us:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecitypod/Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/thecitypodFacebook: https://facebook.com/thecitypod...

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Battlelines | S2 E1
In a changing Reno, city boosters concoct a plan to force strip clubs out of downtown. But Reno’s strip club kingpin won’t go quietly. As the city tightens its grip, it’s dancers who feel the squeeze.For bonus and behind-the-scenes content for Episode 1, visit thecitypodcast.com. Or follow us:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecitypod/Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/thecitypodFacebook: https://facebook.com/thecitypod...

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Battlelines | S2 E1
In a changing Reno, city boosters concoct a plan to force strip clubs out of downtown. But Reno’s strip club kingpin won’t go quietly. As the city tightens its grip, it’s dancers who feel the squeeze.For bonus and behind-the-scenes content for Episode 1, visit thecitypodcast.com. Or follow us:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecitypod/Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/thecitypodFacebook: https://facebook.com/thecitypod...

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Trailer: Reno | S2
A surprising proxy battle for the future of Reno pits a brash strip club kingpin against power brokers in city hall. The winner-takes-all fight could remake the city—and ruin lives in the process.thecitypodcast.com...

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Trailer | S2 E1
Season 2 of The City looks at the battle over the aging strip clubs of Reno, Nevada, as the city transforms into an offshoot of Silicon Valley. More than a fight over lap dances, it’s a proxy battle for the future of Reno....

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The City recommends: Man in the Window
From the partnership that brought you Dirty John, comes Man in the Window. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Paige St. John investigates the Golden State Killer, and traces his path of devastation through the eyes of his victims. Listen to the full series now at wondery.fm/MITW...

The City recommends: A new season of Unsolved | S E1
Season 3 of Unsolved tells the story of Fr. Alfred Kunz, a Catholic priest from a small-town Wisconsin parish. In 1998, someone slit his throat. Some believe his death was linked to his battles against evil. Others believe his all-too-human flaws were to blame. But his murder has never been solved. You can find the new season of the hit podcast from the USA TODAY Network and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Apple Podcasts or wherever you're listening now....


Courtroom Drama: Listen Now with Legal Wars
The courtroom can be a battlefield over money, people’s rights, and even their lives. For some cases, the consequences can affect us long after the verdict is read.Whether it's Hulk Hogan v Gawker, the World Trade Center Insurance Case, or the Monkey-Selfie copyright debacle, Wondery’s new podcast LEGAL WARS puts you inside the jury box of some of the most famous court cases in American history. Subscribe to Legal Wars today at wondery.fm/legalwars...

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Next season on The City, we head west—to Reno....

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The Present, The Future | S1 E10
The uncertain fate of the lots in North Lawndale, and what that says about a city like Chicago. To learn more about The City podcast, visit our website: thecitypodcast.comInstagram: @thecitypod Twitter: @thecitypod Facebook: @thecitypodEmail: [email protected]____________Support The City by supporting our sponsors!Simplisafe: Start protecting your home the right way, visit them at simplisafe.com/thecityLinkedIn Talent- Get $50 off your first job post when you visit them atlinkedin.com/thecity...

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The Cleanup | S1 E9
The illegal dump is finally eradicated—but at whose expense?To learn more about the cleanup, visit thecitypodcast.com____________Support The City by supporting our sponsors!LinkedIn Talent: Get $50 off your first job post when you visit them at linkedin.com/thecity...

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Houston | S1 E8
An illegal dump in Chicago has seeds in a legal one in Houston. The numbers reveal an unsettling pattern. A movement takes root. The president gives an order.There's bonus content for this episode of The City and more at our website: thecitypodcast.comInstagram: @thecitypod Twitter: @thecitypod Facebook: @thecitypodEmail: [email protected]_________________________________Support The City by supporting our sponsors!Helix Sleep: Get up to $125 off your mattress when you visit them at helixsleep.com/thec...

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The Takedown | S1 E7
A reporter scoops the FBI. Politicians get taken down in "Mount Henry’s" shadow. The six-story debris pile remains.There's bonus content for this episode of The City and more at our website: thecitypodcast.comInstagram: @thecitypodTwitter: @thecitypod Facebook: @thecitypodEmail: [email protected]_________________________________Support The City by supporting our sponsors!Simplisafe: Start protecting your home the right way, visit them at simplisafe.com/thecityLinkedIn Talent: Get $50 off your first jo...

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Operation Silver Shovel | S1 E6
A criminal flips and wears a wire. Aldermen accept small sums of large bills. The FBI’s investigation may be tainted. "Mount Henry" grows, but shrinks from memory.There's bonus content for this episode of The City and more at our website: thecitypodcast.comInstagram: @thecitypodTwitter: @thecitypod Facebook: @thecitypodEmail: [email protected]_________________________________Support The City by supporting our sponsors!Bombas: Get 20% off your first order when you visit them at bombas.com/thecity and u...

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The "Forrest Gump" of Chicago Crime | S1 E5
A bank failure unearths a connection to the mysterious man in the limo—and suddenly, he’s everywhere. Bribery, fraud and violence are just ways of doing business. The FBI is on the case—but which one? And whose?There's bonus content for this episode of The City and more at our website: thecitypodcast.comInstagram: @thecitypodTwitter: @thecitypod Facebook: @thecitypodEmail: [email protected]_________________________________Support The City by supporting our sponsors!Daily Harvest: Get three (3) free cu...

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A Tale of Two Cities | S1 E4
Four years in, "Mount Henry" has become a magnet for hazardous waste—both literal and figurative. A new illegal dump appears in a white neighborhood. A trusted advocate may not be who he seems.There's bonus content for this episode of The City and more at our website: thecitypodcast.comInstagram: @thecitypodTwitter: @thecitypod Facebook: @thecitypodEmail: [email protected]_________________________________Support The City by supporting our sponsors!Bombas: Save 20% off your first order of socks when yo...

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"Mount Henry" | S1 E3
The neighborhood turns to a beloved ward boss—but his own agenda comes first. A man in the know offers some valuable advice on power.There's bonus content for this episode of The City and more at our website: thecitypodcast.comInstagram: @thecitypodTwitter: @thecitypod Facebook: @thecitypodEmail: [email protected]_________________________________Support The City by supporting our sponsors!Helix Sleep: Get up to $125 off your mattress when you visit them at helixsleep.com/thecity...

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Life in the Shadow of the Mountain | S1 E2
Lawyers debate whether 31,000 truckloads of debris is or isn’t “waste.” Justice is delayed. A mountain rises and casts its long shadow.There's bonus content for this episode of The City and more at our website: thecitypodcast.comInstagram: @thecitypodTwitter: @thecitypod Facebook: @thecitypodEmail: [email protected]_________________________________Support The City by supporting our sponsors!Bombas: Get 20% off your first order when you visit them at bombas.com/thecity and use the promotion code THECIT...

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Six Stories | S1 E1
Chicago, 1990. A guy with a loud sweater, manicured nails and connections to some very powerful people idles in a limousine near a vacant lot. A fleet of dump trucks unloads literal tons of busted concrete—and keep coming back. Neighborhood residents take action. The mess becomes much bigger than a six-story pile of rubble.There's bonus content for this episode of The City and more at our website: thecitypodcast.comInstagram: @thecitypodTwitter: @thecitypod Facebook: @thecitypodEmail: [email protected]

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Trailer: Chicago | S1
A black neighborhood fights back when a mysterious man with mob ties builds an illegal dump across the street from an elementary school. Along the way they confront corrupt politicians, apathetic bureaucrats—and a secret undercover FBI investigation....

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