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Barack Obama, Wire Fan in Chief, Finally Got to Interview David Simon

There are two levels on which to appreciate this interview. The first is that Barack Obama and David Simon have a lot of interesting things to say about the war on drugs, over-policing, and the state of criminal justice in America.

The second level on which to appreciate it is that Barack Obama is a huge Wire fan—here he calls it “one of the greatest … pieces of art in the last couple of decades”—and it’s pretty fun to watch him get excited about meeting its creator, talking with him about his favorite character (Omar, obviously), and more. I recommend enjoying it on both levels above.

Read more of Slate’s coverage of The Wire.