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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. 

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Season 5 Awards

Season 5 Awards

2020-12-2101:24:241

On the final episode of the podcast, Jemele Hill and Van Lathan give their take on where ‘The Wire’ ranks all time in television history, and hand out some Season 5 awards. To close the episode, Van delivers a very explicit sidebar on his prom night (1:07:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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2020-12-1601:11:25

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan break down the series finale of ‘The Wire’ with a deep dive on several important characters as they reach the final stages of their personal story arcs (07:00). Then, the two go over some of their favorite scenes (51:30) as well as what about the episode aged the best and worse (58:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
"Late Editions"

"Late Editions"

2020-12-1459:441

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan inch closer to the conclusion of 'The Wire' by eulogizing the character Snoop. Later in the show, they pick out their favorite scenes and decide who won the episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
“Clarifications”

“Clarifications”

2020-12-0957:51

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan inch closer to the series finale of ‘The Wire’ with a eulogy of Omar Little (09:00). Later, the two pick some of their favorite scenes from Season 5, Episode 8 (36:00) and discuss much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
"Took"

"Took"

2020-12-0701:03:461

Nearing the end of 'The Wire,' Jemele Hill and Van Lathan conquer another episode of ‘Way Down in the Hole.’ This week, the duo dives in to corrupt senator Clay Davis and analyzes his brilliant courtroom scene (8:20). Then Van leads Jemele through an epic sidebar (36:30), which involves stripping … and, to quote Jemele, “an eyeful.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jemele Hill and Van Lathan push forward to the sixth episode of Season 5 of ‘The Wire’ with a character deep dive on detective Sydnor (14:00). Later, they recall some of their favorite scenes, including the surprise returns of some important characters (27:00) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
"React Quotes"

"React Quotes"

2020-11-3001:25:21

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan move along to the fifth episode of Season 5 with a character deep-dive on Chris Partlow after discovering he has a family at home (10:00). Later in the episode, the two take a deep look at how Omar survived his jump from the balcony (38:00), and of course Jemele and Van provide plenty of sidebars along the way. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
"Transitions"

"Transitions"

2020-11-2558:19

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan jump into the fourth episode of Season 5 of ‘The Wire’ with a deep dive on Prop Joe in response to the character’s death (09:00). Later, the two pick out some of the episode’s best scenes and have a sidebar conversation involving clowns and pranks (30:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
"Not For Attribution"

"Not For Attribution"

2020-11-2301:13:061

Pushing forward to Episode 3 of Season 5, Jemele Hill and Van Lathan critically analyze the Baltimore Sun plot line (1:21) and how it lacks compared to other stories in the show. Scott Templeton is deemed “the worst” by Jemele (16:16), plus an outrageous Van Lathan sidebar (47:00) and more, coming up on this episode of ‘Way Down in the Hole.’ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
"Unconfirmed Reports"

"Unconfirmed Reports"

2020-11-1801:10:07

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan move along to Episode 2 of the final season of ‘The Wire’ with a deep dive on sober Bubbles (09:00). Later, they dive into some of the best scenes of the episode, including an appearance from Avon Barksdale (24:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
"More With Less”

"More With Less”

2020-11-1656:16

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan return to close out the fifth and final season of ‘The Wire.’ Jemele discusses why she thinks it’s the most disappointing season of the show (1:20) before the duo does a deep dive on a new character, newsroom editor Gus Haynes (14:30). Van jumps into a sidebar on a challenging newsroom experience (39:55) before crowning a winner of the episode (53:39). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Season 4 Awards

Season 4 Awards

2020-11-0401:15:39

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan hand out several awards to close out Season 4 of ‘The Wire,’ including Rookie of the Year (40:30), Best Scene (35:00), MVP (1:09:00), and more. Stay tuned for another Van Lathan sidebar, involving corporal punishment and Janet Jackson (56:00). Hosts: Jemele Hill and Van Lathan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
"Final Grades"

"Final Grades"

2020-11-0201:16:30

RIP to a real one. On this episode of ‘Way Down in the Hole,’ Jemele Hill and Van Lathan eulogize Preston “Bodie” Broadus (15:20). They run through some standout scenes from the Season 4 finale (38:02) before Van receives a special phone call from actor J. D. Williams (1:08:15). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
"That's Got His Own"

"That's Got His Own"

2020-10-2801:03:152

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan break down Episode 12 of Season 4 of ‘The Wire’ with a character deep dive on detective Ellis Carver. Later in the episode, the two pick some of their favorite scenes and Van delivers a sidebar on riding horses. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
"A New Day"

"A New Day"

2020-10-2657:46

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan are just two episodes away from wrapping up this season of ‘Way Down in The Hole.’ As they unpack Season 4, Episode 11, they take a look at the beloved character Bubbles. Then they reflect on a tearjerking scene and talk about a Dem Franchize Boyz song that has aged incredibly well. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
"Misgivings"

"Misgivings"

2020-10-2101:20:08

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan move along to Season 4, Episode 10 of ‘The Wire’ with a character deep dive on Clay Davis, which leads to a rare Jemele Hill sidebar on “ain’t shit” men. Later in the episode, the duo picks out some of their favorite scenes and discuss who was right, Bodie or Poot, in reaction to Little Kevin’s death. Hosts: Jemele Hill and Van Lathan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
"Know Your Place"

"Know Your Place"

2020-10-1901:04:201

On today’s episode of ‘Way Down in the Hole,’ Jemele Hill and Van Lathan analyze an iconic, yet slightly uncomfortable scene that takes place in a Ruth’s Chris Steak House. The two recap Episode 9 before getting into some trivia, which includes a 'Wire' star who almost beat Daniel Craig out to be James Bond, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
"Corner Boys"

"Corner Boys"

2020-10-1401:13:04

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan move on to Episode 8 of Season 4 of ‘The Wire’ with a deep dive into Michael Lee (18:30). Later in the episode, they pick out some of their favorite scenes (35:00) and Van provides a can’t-miss sidebar involving Jheri curls and father-son relationships (1:00:30). Hosts: Jemele Hill and Van Lathan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
"Unto Others"

"Unto Others"

2020-10-1201:03:09

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan inch closer to the end of the fourth season of ‘The Wire’ as they recap Episode 7 (5:36). Van shares one of his favorite scenes in ‘Wire’ history (32:22) and reminisces on the time he saw ‘Brokeback Mountain’ in theaters (40:23) before the duo fill us in on some notable moments to file away for later (54:09). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
"Margin of Error"

"Margin of Error"

2020-10-0701:06:02

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan break down Episode 6 of the fourth season of ‘The Wire’ with a deep dive on De’Londa Brice (08:50). Later, they shine a light on some of their favorite scenes from the episode (41:00) and look at what aged the worst (48:00). Hosts: Jemele Hill and Van Lathan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Comments (14)

Mark Welch

the reason the character of Daniels turn down the role of bubbles is because he just came off of another David Simon show called the corner and he was the drug addict in that and didn't want to get Typecast.

Dec 10th
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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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