The Wire, set in Baltimore Maryland, was an in-depth look at the people who live in urban American centers.
The show focused on port workers, politicians, journalists, drug dealers, drug addicts, and more, and presented these people and their struggles in all their honest complexity.
The show became known for its refusal to submit to stereotype. Even the most murderous of characters ranged from the horrid to the humble, to the honorable. Some, even admirable.
Here in Baltimore, the show had some detractors, people who say that Baltimore was unfairly portrayed. But others said the show told the truth of how dysfunctional this city has become. It is emblematic of the condition of America, as seen through its urban core.
The series finale prompted us to ask, what does The Wire have to teach us about modern urban America? Does The Wire have a message for Baltimore? If so, is it a message of hope or despair? Has The Wire changed the conversation taking place in Baltimore around issues of urban blight, the drug war, the homeless, the media, and the loss of blue collar jobs? What is the legacy of this show?
To find out more about this we sat down with writers, actors, producers and even the creator of the entire series in order to ask these questions.
We hope you enjoy our special series of podcasts from the Center for Emerging Media!
- Studio space generously provided by Clean Cuts Music and Sound Design.
- Produced by Jessica Phillips and Justin Levy.
- Engineering assistance from Andew Eppig, Liz Buckel, Nick Sjostrom, and Devin Murphy.
- Hosted by Marc Steiner.
Ed Burns Interviews
- HBO: The Wire: Interview: Ed Burns
- Ed Burns on Fresh Air in November 2006
- The Ethical Scumbag (blog) interviews Ed Burns
- Edutopia: Edward Burns: Bringing Education Reality to TV
- The Wire Links (blog) Links to articles and info on THE WIRE
David Simon Interviews
- Stealing Life: The Crusader behind The Wire in the New Yorker, October 22nd, 2008.
- Interview: Talking With the Creator of One of T.V.’s Best and Smartest Shows in Rolling Stone, September 25th, 2005.
- Under the Wire from Baltimore City Paper, May 28th 2003
- Q&A David Simonin Undercover Black Man (blog), January 22nd, 2007.
- Exclusive Q&A with David Simon from The Wire on HBO (fansite), August 16th 2006
- ‘The Wire’s’ David Simon from Fresh Air from WHYY, September 23rd, 2004
Robert Chew Interviews
- The Arena Players Youtheatre
- Robert Chew on the Internet Movie Database
- An Interview with Prop Joeon The FADER
- Back to School from Baltimore City Paper-this article goes in-depth regarding the coaching Chew provided to the four young men who starred in season four.
- The TV Club talks about Prop Joe’s fate (spoiler alert!) on Slate.com
- Wire Watch from Time Magazine (spoiler alert!)
Viva House Feature
- Mildred and Me , from LauraLippman.com – Laura writes about her experience volunteering at Viva House.
- Baltimore’s Viva House from America, The National Catholic Weekly
- Diary: Entry 5 from Slate.com-Laura Lippman writes again about Viva House.
- Best Free Food: Viva House from Best of Baltimore 2006 by Baltimore City Paper
Andre Royo Interview
- Andre Royo’s MySpace page
- Andre Royo Internet Movie Database
- Through the Wire A feature on Andre Royo in the Baltimore City Paper from September 2005.
- Andre Royo An interview with New York Magazine from January 2008.
- LAist Interview: The Wire’s Andre Royo from January 2008.
- Andre Royo of The Wire Shed’s His Skin from New York Resident Magazine, January 2008
- The Wire coverage on BET
Nina Noble Interview
- David Simon: The Wire Exit Interview from Baltimore City Paper
- Bittersweet Work of Wrapping ‘Wire’ from The New York Times
- What Does a Producer Do?by Marshall Persinger
- Nina Noble from Internet Movie Database