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'The Wire': Way Down in the Hole

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Jemele Hill and Van Lathan recap, breakdown, and analyze every episode of the iconic HBO hit series, The Wire, starting from the beginning with season one. 

62 Episodes
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“Hamsterdam”

“Hamsterdam”

2020-08-0601:04:22

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan get into Episode 4 of the third season of ‘The Wire’ to explore the "Hamsterdam" experiment (4:00), the intentions of Howard "Bunny" Colvin (11:45), scenes that stood out (31:00), and more.
"Dead Soldiers"

"Dead Soldiers"

2020-08-0401:13:21

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan return for Episode 3 of the third season of ‘The Wire’ to look at the gradual setup for later episodes (03:00), the more information we learn about Councilman Carcetti (15:45), the moment that jumped out the most (33:40), the death of Ray Cole (01:00:00), and more.
“All Due Respect”

“All Due Respect”

2020-07-3001:24:52

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan sit down for Episode 2 of the third season of ‘The Wire’ to analyze the foundation of the Barksdale-Stanfield war (03:00), the story of Tommy Carcetti (18:00), their favorite scenes (36:30), going to the movies (57:15), and more.
“Time After Time”

“Time After Time”

2020-07-2801:03:59

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan kick off the third season of ‘The Wire’ by debating the overall theme (01:30), then they look into Dennis “Cutty” Wise (16:30), the opening scene of Bodie and Poot (32:30), a trivia nugget (58:00), and more.
Season 2 Awards

Season 2 Awards

2020-07-2301:14:24

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan wrap up the second season of ‘The Wire’ by giving out awards such as Best Performance (01:30), Best Boss (21:00), Best Scene (32:15), Rookie of the Year (41:45), MVP of Season 2 (01:06:15), and more.
"Port in a Storm"

"Port in a Storm"

2020-07-2101:18:03

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan break down the Season 2 finale of ‘The Wire’ and the episode’s inevitable ending (01:30), if Nicky Sobotka was a victim (17:45), Stringer’s visit to Brother Mouzone in the hospital (36:00), the Greek’s goodbye (53:15), and more.
“Bad Dreams”

“Bad Dreams”

2020-07-1656:33

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan jump into the 11th episode of Season 2 of ‘The Wire’ and its theme of the american dream (01:30), Frank Sobotka’s struggle with his life (17:45), the best scenes of the episode (34:00), and more.
"Storm Warnings"

"Storm Warnings"

2020-07-1401:04:28

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan jump into the 10th episode of Season 2 of ‘The Wire’ to identify the issue of fitting in (01:30), the uniqueness of Brother Mouzone (14:45), Valchek pushing Pryzbylewski over the edge (31:45), Ziggy’s confession (58:00), and more.
"Stray Rounds"

"Stray Rounds"

2020-07-0901:12:502

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan explore the ninth episode of Season 2 of ‘The Wire’ and its unintended consequences (01:15), the rise of Stringer Bell (09:30), McNulty’s trip to the brothel (39:00), and more.
"Duck and Cover"

"Duck and Cover"

2020-07-0701:17:302

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan look at the eighth episode of Season 2 of ‘The Wire’ and the danger of a lack of self-worth (01:30), self-destructive McNulty (11:00), the dynamic between the Sobotkas (31:15), who won the episode (01:11:00), and more.
"Backwash"

"Backwash"

2020-07-0201:28:551

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan move along to the seventh episode of Season 2 of ‘The Wire’ to look at the class divide and the fallacy of the American dream (01:30), Frank Sobotka’s nobility (28:30), mental health in the Black community (01:12:00), more.
“All Prologue”

“All Prologue”

2020-06-3001:30:352

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan look at the sixth episode of Season 2 of ‘The Wire’ and its themes (02:00), say goodbye to D’Angelo Barksdale (17:00), go through Omar’s court appearance (45:45), and more.
“Undertow”

“Undertow”

2020-06-2501:10:27

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan dive into the fifth episode of Season 2 of ‘The Wire’ to examine the trust issues among the characters and who is going with or against the current (01:00), before taking a closer look at Beadie Russell (09:45), the moment between Avon and Stringer that changed D’Angelo’s life (28:45), Donette moving on (55:00), and more.
“Hard Cases”

“Hard Cases”

2020-06-2301:03:14

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan are onto the fourth episode of Season 2 of ‘The Wire’ to look at all the moves being made around Baltimore (02:00), Nick Sobotka and his relationships (10:00), trouble among the Barksdales (34:30), and more.
“Hot Shots”

“Hot Shots”

2020-06-1801:11:061

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan break down the third episode of Season 2 of ‘The Wire,’ its theme of desperation (02:00), union leader Frank Sobotka (17:15), McNulty getting played by Bunk and Lester (34:45), Stringer Bell’s latest move (44:15), What Aged the Best? (58:45), and more.
"Collateral Damage"

"Collateral Damage"

2020-06-1601:04:59

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan are onto the second episode of Season 2 of ‘The Wire.’ They look at the overall feeling of powerlessness (01:00), the ruthless duo of “The Greek” and Spiros (13:00), Brianna Barksdale’s visit to Avon in prison (30:45), Wee-Bey’s cell getting tossed by the guard (40:45), and more.
"Ebb Tide"

"Ebb Tide"

2020-06-1101:05:18

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan kick off Season 2 of ‘The Wire’ by looking at why the show focused on the Port of Baltimore (02:00), the introduction of the Sobotka family (10:45), Bodie’s new role in the Barksdale organization (25:15), Major Valchek’s vendetta (35:00), some casting trivia (58:30), and more.
Season 1 Awards

Season 1 Awards

2020-06-0901:29:352

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan return to address some of the serious issues happening around the country before highlighting some of the most significant moments of the "best first season of television ever." They give out awards such as Best Boss (30:00), Best Quote (52:00), Rookie of the Year (01:04:45), Best Scene (01:12:00), MVP of Season 1 (01:23:00), and more.
“Sentencing”

“Sentencing”

2020-05-2801:09:592

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan break down the season finale of ‘The Wire' Season 1 (01:00), including Daniels reprimanding Carver (12:00), Kima taking a stand in the hospital (30:00), D’Angelo being pushed to the brink (37:15), the emergence of Brianna Barksdale (54:45), and more.
"Cleaning Up"

"Cleaning Up"

2020-05-2601:17:054

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan are on to the 12th episode of ‘The Wire' Season 1 to break down the ongoing consequences of Kima’s shooting (01:30), why Wallace was so significant (10:00), D’Angelo’s reaction to Wallace’s death (34:30), and more.
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Comments (13)

nope

Jemele is a racist.

Nov 4th
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Brian Canniff

great podcast, thank you

Oct 28th
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Rome Banes

Is the podcast over? Ya'll cut it midway thru?

Sep 9th
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Raphael Pantet

On the bit about Godfather, Rawls and Rocky, think it's clear there's a difference between racist characters and racist movies, or between showing racism and being racist. Rawls along the show is obviously a racist character, Godfather ain't a racist movie because it has shown a minor racist character in it...

Aug 12th
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Mark Welch

not a bad show so far small suggestion tho stop assuming everybody has seen this show there might be some people watching it for the first time because they heard y'all was doing a podcast on it you're giving out too many spoilers LOL

Jun 12th
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Ruth Eilerman

This a great show. Hosts have charming banter and give thoughtful insight on the shows. They never talk over each other and truly take in what the other is saying. So glad I found it and so sorry I'm out of episodes. I burned through season one in a wek Rewatch number two for me and ready to startagain to watch along.

Jun 11th
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Cali Piggy

I like the LeBron v Kawhi comparison but I would tweak it. To me, if you bring up LeBron, you bring up all around greatness that doesn't apply to McNulty. While I've never heard anything bad about Westbrook off the court, I do think he has a hard headedness in his being that parallels McNulty beautifully.

May 4th
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Andrea Bonner

The Wire is one of my top 3 favorite shows of all time. I'd been meaning to rewatch it for a while but hadn't taken the time. This podcast was just the push I needed. I've been listening to each episode and then watching the corresponding episode, and it makes watching it again even better than the first time. Love the insightful, sometimes humorous, sometimes serious commentary! Jemele and Van have great chemistry as hosts.

May 4th
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Sean Jones

Thanks for the great podcast guys, I haven't had any friends who enjoy the show so revisiting my favorite show with y'all is amazing!

Apr 30th
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Luke Glix

enjoyed this pod greatly. keep up the good work #waydowninthehole

Apr 15th
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