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Episode 26: David Simon, The Wire, The Corner and Homicide – Part 3 of 4

Kary: This is the Crime Story podcast with Kary Antholis where we have conversations about how and why narratives of crime and justice are told. Today’s podcast is a conversation with David Simon. This podcast is the third part of a four-part interview. In part three, we discuss David’s reporting for the book The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner City Neighborhood and his experience producing the multiple Emmy Award-winning miniseries based on that book. And so with all that said, here is my interview with David Simon. Kary: What year did The Corner come out? David Simon: '97 and that's when we...

Episode 25: David Simon, The Wire, The Corner and Homicide – Part 2 of 4

Kary: This is the crime story podcast with Kary Antholis where we have conversations about how and why narratives of crime and justice are told. Today’s podcast is a conversation with David Simon.  This Podcast is the second part of a 4 part interview. In Part 2, we discuss David’s work as a Crime Reporter for the Baltimore Sun, his writing the book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets and his transition to writing for Television. And so with all that said, here is my interview with David Simon. Kary: Did you become a cop reporter, a police reporter immediately? David Simon: Yeah, that...

Episode 24: David Simon, The Wire, The Corner and Homicide – Part 1 of 4

Kary: This is the crime story podcast with Kary Antholis where we have conversations about how and why narratives of crime and justice are told. 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...

Episode 23: Chris Tarricone Reads: Police Force Expert Taser Certified

This is the second in a series of articles about the murder trial of Andrea Moorer. The first was Strong Female Lead by Molly Miller. Outside of Department 111 at the Criminal Courts Building, a stocky man in his late 60s sits upright and energetic, sticking out amongst those lounging in the hallway. The man is Larry Smith, an ex-cop here today to testify in defense of Andrea Dommique Moorer, who is charged with killing an abusive pimp, Ruffino Anderson. A clean-cut, gray-suited, and similarly energetic man with pomade-carved jet-black hair exits 111: Defense Attorney Jimmy Chu. He smiles at Smith,...

Episode 22: Emmy Nominee Jared Harris Reads: Wait, What? A Closing Statement

As I walk into Department 109 of the Criminal Courts Building, I hear the following words and my ears prick up: IT WASN’T UNTIL THE REIGN OF RICHARD THE FIRST, WHO YOU PROBABLY KNOW AS RICHARD THE LIONHEARTED, THAT THIS CONCEPT THAT A PERSON ACCUSED OF A CRIME MUST BE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL THE CONTRARY IS PROVEN BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT BECAME THE LAW. I’m a history buff, and so I am intrigued to find out what this is all about. I will later learn that the speaker is Bar Panel Attorney Vincent Oliver, a practitioner of criminal law in the city...

Episode 21: Jonathan Tropper, Banshee

Kary: This is the Crime Story Podcast with Kary Antholis where we have conversations about how and why narratives of crime and Justice are told. Today’s podcast is a conversation with Jonathan Tropper. Jonathan and I met when he pitched me an idea for a Cinemax show called Banshee. We worked together on that series and on his most recent Cinemax series Warrior. I asked Jonathan to join me for this conversation for two reasons: First, Banshee explores ideas of crime and justice in ways that are very unique in the television landscape. It is a violent and pulpy show, that...