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Episode 559: Detroit's Water Bill

Today on the show, how a bankrupt city is dealing with the most basic of problems — how to get people to pay their bills.

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One stop on our tour of Detroit's economic dreams — the Renaissance Center. Carlos Osorio/AP hide caption

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Government

Episode 475: What Happened To Detroit's Big Plans?

On today's show, we go see what happened to all the big dreams Detroit has had over the years.

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Inside America's Most Indebted City

The bizarre tale includes a do-gooder who skipped town, an epically mismanaged incinerator, and possible criminal behavior.

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Former Harrisburg receiver, David Unkovic, in the wilderness. Zoe Chace/NPR hide caption

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