Hear The Wire creator and executive producer David Simon and jazz critic Kevin Whitehead on this edition of Fresh Air.
David Simon is the creator and executive producer of HBO's acclaimed series The Wire. He also wrote many of the episodes. The series finale airs on Sunday. Some of the story lines from the series come from Simon's work as a police reporter for the Baltimore Sun who moved to television and wrote for the show Homicide: Life on the Street which was based on his book of the same name.
Then Kevin Whitehead reviews Mental Weather, the new recording by soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom. [Broadcast Date: March 6, 2008]
For my money, The Wire is the best show in the history of television and David Simon is one of the most brilliant men working in the medium. It hurts most shows to see behing the curtin but in the case of the Wire it can't, because the Wire conceals nothing. Listening to Simon's insights into the show he created is nothing short of facinating. If you are at all interested in hearing about American crime and television, this audiobook is for you.