Jesse is joined by Wendell Pierce (“Bunk,” above) and Andre Royo (“Bubbles”) from HBO’s brilliant crime drama The Wire. The Wire isn’t just another cop show — it’s an investigation of contemporary urban America that uses the drug trade as a lens to get at even larger issues. Royo and Pierce discuss what its like to authentically portray urban life, and whether a white writer can capture the largely black experience of inner-city urban life in Baltimore.
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- Andre Royo
- Wendell Pierce
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Bullseye is a celebration of the best of arts and culture in public radio form. Host Jesse Thorn sifts the wheat from the chaff to bring you in-depth interviews with the most revered and revolutionary minds in our culture.
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