• Detective Simmons

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    Directed by: Richard O'Connor
    Executive Producers: Dave Isay & Rachel Hartman
    Producer: Shelley Gorelik
    Audio Produced by: Emily Martinez
    Supervising Sound Recordist: Jacqueline Van Meter
    Animation by: Ace & Son Moving Picture Co., LLC
    Animators: Taisiya Zaretskaya, Jonathan Ackerman & Natalie Greene
    Original Music: Joshua Abrams
    Music Performed by: Joshua Abrams, Hamid Drake, Marquis Hill, Emmett Kelly & Adam Thornburg
    Music Mixed by: Joshua Abrams & Neil Strauch
    Special Thanks: Toni Henson & Camaran Henson

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    American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress

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