Today’s podcast is a conversation with David Simon. 

David and I met when he came in to HBO to pitch The Corner as a television series. The Corner is a book that he wrote with Ed Burns about the year that they spent in an inner-city Baltimore neighborhood ravaged by drug abuse and distribution. Together with his book Homicide, The Corner was the foundation for David’s series The Wire, which has been widely acclaimed as one of the great television series of all time. My aim in sitting down with David was to try to dig into where his storytelling instincts and values come from and how they manifest themselves in his work on Homicide, The Corner, and The Wire… three classics in the crime drama genre.

This is the first part of a four-part interview. In part one we discuss David’s formative years as a storyteller and as a journalist.

You can find the full transcript of part one of the interview here.