Episode #43

David Simon

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Monday, June 10, 2013


David Simon (Paul Schiraldi)

David Simon cut his teeth as a crime reporter for The Baltimore Sun. When the newspaper industry began to collapse, Simon started writing for television. The Wire was born, and Simon hasn't gone back. Simon has a much larger platform now for sharing his strong opinions on the U.S. war on drugs, but he admits he still misses reporting.    

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Hosted by:

Alec Baldwin

Produced by:

Emily Botein and Kathie Russo

Comments [11]


"Does he got the bug?" Wire fans should appreciate the shock in Simon's voice when he says "What bug?"

Aug. 29 2013 11:12 PM
R3121970 from Brooklyn

I love Baldwin and I think he is a natural radio interviewer. I offer one comment which, if it reaches him, I would hope he takes constructively. It's fine in natural conversation to make a lot of interjections but on radio/podcast it can be a little annoying if they are too frequent and talk over the interviewee, where you end up not being able to make out what either person is saying. It's just a tiny adjustment to make.

Aug. 03 2013 01:23 AM
Peter from Brooklyn

Alec, this podcast is one I like, but lately it's dealing too much with TV and Film people.
I thought one of the reasons you started this, was to reach out to people who didn't know who you were and find out about how they view the world or how they got to be who they are.
You can do better and broaden your horizons, taking us along on the trip, don't you think?

Jul. 09 2013 10:49 AM
Margi from Dunedin New Zealand

I love your show, Alec, You make me wish I was your next door neighbor. You are one of the most naturally hilarious people on earth. I steal your cast-off lines whenever I can. I'm so glad, as an American ex-pat in New Zealand, that I accidentally found this show- thank you! :)

Margi MacMurdo-Reading

Jun. 29 2013 10:53 PM
Jay from NYC

Interesting comments on careers and aiming for happiness and the eventual feeling of it all being a job, regardless. At some point, we all need change. There just isn't a straight line.

Jun. 26 2013 11:31 AM
Lucymarie from San Francisco

Alec, I love your voice. But could you please please stop interrupting your guests so much? You ask wonderfully poignant questions but you then interrupt before your guests have a chance to complete full sentences. Thank you for your podcasts and such interesting guests.

Jun. 23 2013 05:23 PM
Michael Taylor from Los Angeles

Wonderful show. What you're delivering here -- show after show -- is something we really can't get anywhere else.


Jun. 19 2013 12:01 AM

I could listen to you two talk every week.

Jun. 16 2013 08:00 PM
Tim from Seattle

Alex, please don't stop this radio show. I look forward to it every week.

Jun. 15 2013 01:01 PM

Trivia question: in what quick joke did Liz Lemon do a shout-out to Treme in the next-to-last episode of 30 Rock?

Jun. 13 2013 04:52 PM

This is great! So often David Simon comes off as stand-offish or angry that his shows are more appreciated in hindsight than while they are airing. It's good to hear a longer, reasoned discussion where he can give perspective to his feelings about popular reaction to his work and his relation to the TV world generally. I would have liked to hear his reaction to some of the criticism of Treme, which I think is all to often dismissed as complaining that the show is not The Wire. However, I think there are some valid criticisms being made of the show (which I happen to cordially dislike) for reasons that are unrelated to his other work. I don't need to hear him justify why the show is the way it is, but I would like insight into narrative and structure choices. Another podcast, perhaps!

Jun. 10 2013 01:22 PM

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