3/3/08 The Wire podcasts: Ed Burns


Ed Burns on the set of The Wire

As we promised last week, this week we are bringing you a series of interviews with folks from the hit HBO series The Wire.  The series finale of this show is airing on March 9th.  Marc is a huge fan of the program, and we know a lot of you are as well.   So for our first podcast series we decided to concentrate on this television show and talk to writers, producers, actors, security guards and crew to ask them about their experiences in making The Wire.  We wanted to find out what they think the message of the show is.  What does it have to teach us about urban America?  What lessons can we learn from the five seasons? 

We began with a quick conversation with Ed Burns, a writer and co-producer.  He is a former Baltimore City Cop and Baltimore City public school teacher.  Those experiences deeply informed the script of The Wire.  His real life experiences often found their way onto the screen. 

Click here to hear that interview, or right click and choose “Save Target As” which will save it as an MP3 file on your computer. Running time is 15:20. Read the transcript here.

Tomorrow, we’ll bring you a conversation with series creator David Simon.  Later in the week, you’ll hear from the actors who play Lester Freamon, Prop Joe, Bubbles, and more.  Stay tuned, and let us know what you think.


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12 Responses

  1. Would it be possible for you to make the podcasts available for subscription from iTunes? Would that be desirable or feasible?

  2. I can’t wait to listen to these. I will spread the word.

  3. Ron-

    It’s easy to subscribe to any podcast using iTunes, even ones that aren’t available in the iTunes Store. To subscribe, find and copy the podcast’s feed URL. In the “Advanced” menu, select “Subscribe to Podcast” and paste the feed URL into the dialog box.

    The URL for the CEM podcast is

    This way, your ITUNES should update whenever we add a new podcast.

    Let me know if you have any problems.

  4. Woohoo again! You guys rock.

    Your instructions work like a charm, the two podcasts downloaded immediately.

    This is nice not only because it is so easy. Another aspect is that, when mp3 files are downloaded to the computer and then transferred to the iPod, they play continuously. Files downloaded through iTunes come with a stopcode. One podcast will play, then stop until the user selects another.

  5. Marc and team, wonderful show! Looking forward to more.

    I especially liked the crack about what happens to those who are ground up by the political forces of the institutions they are trying to work with.

    The Marc Steiner Show Lives on!

  6. Nice interview! Great to hear your voice again. Best wishes…

  7. Marc,

    Wonderful stuff. Very glad you are still at work informing your listeners and others in the city and state. The only downside of listening to the interviews is a reminder of what we’ve lost. at least for the time being. Best to Valerie.


  8. Actually, you can enter the RSS feed for the Marc Steiner blog. As long as it has enclosures in the feed, any podcatcher–Juice, iTunes, FeedStation, etc.–will download the enclosure based upon the settings in the podcatcher application.

  9. this was great – can’t wait till you get the next podcast up!

  10. Wow, great choice – I have been enamored of The Wire since Day 1. I think I want to have Ed and David’s babies, or at least fawn over them in some mutually-embarrassing way.

    Will the CEM engage with these fine, community-minded folks in the future? I can’t think of a better combination of passionate, committed people who might be a force in Bawmer than “Steiner, Simon, and Burns”.

  11. Wow – thank you so much! I am excited to listen to these.. but am going to wait until I see the last season just in case. (And that means I have to wait ’til it’s on DVD) I’m a huge fan of The Wire, and also of you, Marc. I was thrilled to see the episode that you were in!

    Anyway.. thanks for all you do, not just this!

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