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All The Pieces Matter In Jonathan Abrams' Oral History Of "The Wire"

All The Pieces Matter
All The Pieces Matter

A decade after it went off the air, the groundbreaking HBO show "The Wire" looms large over our peak TV era. David Simon’s sprawling look at the Baltimore drug trade, politics, media and the decline of the white working class didn’t garner many viewers or awards in its time, but remains a cultural touchstone today. It also introduced viewers to a new generation of black actors, and brought bestselling authors into the writers room. Now, sportswriter and author Jonathan Abrams has released a terrific oral history of the show — “All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire.” It’s a perfect complement for Honey Nut Cheerios on a 40-degree day.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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