Here Bill Moyers sits down with David Simon, executive producer of The Wire, the stunning HBO production. As anyone who has watched the show knows, The Wire is not just a splendid drama. It is, as Simon has once called it, “a political tract masquerading as a cop show.” It takes a penetrating and aesthetically rich look at some of America’s most vexing social issues. And it’s why Moyers says, “What Edward Gibbon was to the decline and fall of the Roman Empire, or Charles Dickens to the smokey, mean streets of Victorian London, David Simon is to America today.”
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"The Wire" creator David Simon calls his critically acclaimed HBO series "a political tract masquerading as a cop show." In this political year, we talk with Simon about the presidential election, the state of journalism and the war on drugs — as well as about his recent HBO miniseries on Marines in Iraq, "Generation Kill." Simon is also author of books including "Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets" which inspired the Emmy Award-winning television program of the same name. He is currently writer in residence at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.
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David Simon, the creator of The Wire, talks with A.C. Thompson and others about turning a real life New Orleans investigation into a fictional story line for the HBO drama Treme.