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April 27, 2022

Host D. Watkins, writer on HBO’s We Own this City, a show about corruption and abuse in the Baltimore Police Department, shares his experience in the writers’ room and interviews people involved in the making of the show. Watkins recounts his own experience growing up in Baltimore during the time that The Wire took place and how he went from a childhood on the Baltimore streets to an illustrious writing career to David Simon’s writer’s room for We Own This City. We hear briefly from the show’s creators George Pelecanos (The Wire, The Deuce) and David Simon (The Wire, The Deuce). Then, Watkins sits down with actor Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead, King Richard), who plays the notorious Wayne Jenkins. They discuss the war on drugs, Jenkins’ Baltimore accent, and what it was like spending time with Baltimore cops to inform the development of his character. Bernthal also reflects on how his perspective on policing has changed as a result of working on the show.

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