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Producer David Simon on HBO's GTTF drama, "We Own This City"

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Jon Bernthal (right) portrays Sgt. Wayne Jenkins in HBO Max's "We Own This City," a new 6-part drama that premiered last Monday that's based on reporter Justin Fenton's best-selling account of the Baltimore Police Department's infamous Gun Trace Task Force scandal. (photo credit HBO Films)

Today, it’s Midday on the Arts.  Coming up later in the hour, we’ll hear from the young cellist who burst on the classical music scene when he performed at the wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markle. Sheku Kanneh-Mason and his sister Isata, a wonderful pianist, will be performing in Baltimore this weekend, and they both join us. We’ll also check in with theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck who will give us her take on Henry V, the latest production at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company.

But we begin with David Simon, the journalist, author and filmmaker. He is the creative force behind The Wire, The Deuce, Show Me a Hero, Treme  and many other acclaimed TV series and movies. We'll talk about his latest project: the HBO limited series We Own This City, based on the book by Justin Fenton, about the notorious criminal enterprise that was embedded in the Baltimore City Police Department called the Gun Trace Task Force.

The first episode is available on HBO Max. New episodes will stream over the next five weeks.

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David Simon is a journalist, writer and producer of film and television programs, including HBO's "The Wire," and his latest, a six-episode HBO series called "We Own This City." (photo courtesy Blown Deadline Productions)

David Simon joins us on Zoom…

Host, Midday (M-F 12:00-1:00)
Malarie is Midday's Supervisory Producer.
Rob is Midday's senior producer.