President Barack Obama, a huge fan of the critically acclaimed HBO series The Wire, recently sat down to interview the show's creator, David Simon, to discuss the drug trade and its cultural impact on Americans.
The Wire takes viewers on a journey straight into the Baltimore drug scene—offering various perspectives on the issue from characters who are dealers, cops, the press, schoolteachers and children—and illustrates the struggles of law enforcement.
"When you devote yourself to street-level drug enforcement or when you try to win the drug war," said Simon. "You only have a limited number of resources."
Simon's experience growing up in Baltimore compelled him to tell stories that exposed the truth about cartels and their effect on inner cities.