In my never-ending search for audible programming to knit along to, the millennials in my life are invaluable. Niece Kristin and her mate organize their daily lives in such a way that they are almost always listening to a podcast while multi-tasking, whether walking the pooch, driving or pounding weights at the cross fit gym. So when they gave the Gimlet’s Crimetown podcast a rave review, I was literally all ears.
The premise is simple, and sounds like it might skew too strongly toward statistics or dry history: take a city, and over the course of a season’s episodes, examine its particular crime culture, in depth. Any concern I had vanished in a puff of cigar smoke, in the first episode of the show. The producers chose their debut city well: Providence, Rhode Island had a crime culture like no other city. Breathtaking, audacious, and — bewilderingly — funny at times. Here’s the first episode.
It grabbed me from the git go. (It did not grab this Providence blogger, however. Understandably.)
To all who are celebrating the New Year, and/or burying the old year, on this night, good wishes. I, for one, am full of hope that 2017 will be the most purposeful, joyful, and industrious year of our lives. Why not? Let’s go!