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15 years ago, HBO released a show that nobody was talking about.

But then, slowly, everyone started to realise that The Wire might just be the greatest show of all time.

We're Dave and Kobi and we're going back to the Baltimore pits to rewatch EVERY EPISODE in our podcast – The Wire: Stripped.

We’ll breakdown the lingo - like re-ups, burners and wiretaps.We’ll analyse key scenes too.

We talk to key cast members, including Frankie Faison, better known as Deputy Commissioner Burrell, Lance Reddick who played Lieutenant Daniels, And of course, the one, the only… the Bunk. Wendell Pierce. Also listen out for celebrity guests and superfans.

So if you're watching for the first time or the ninth time, join us as we revisit one of the greatest shows ever made.

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15 years ago, HBO released a show that nobody was talking about.

But then, slowly, everyone started to realise that The Wire might just be the greatest show of all time.

We're Dave and Kobi and we're going back to the Baltimore pits to rewatch EVERY EPISODE in our podcast – The Wire: Stripped.

We’ll breakdown the lingo - like re-ups, burners and wiretaps.We’ll analyse key scenes too.

We talk to key cast members, including Frankie Faison, better known as Deputy Commissioner Burrell, Lance Reddick who played Lieutenant Daniels, And of course, the one, the only… the Bunk. Wendell Pierce. Also listen out for celebrity guests and superfans.

So if you're watching for the first time or the ninth time, join us as we revisit one of the greatest shows ever made.

    The Wire: Stripped Season 3 News!

    The Wire: Stripped Season 3 News!

    Hi guys Dave and Kobi here with some exciting news about Season 3 of The Wire Stripped with a very special guest Clarke Peters AKA Lester Freamon aka Cool Lester Smooth.


    The Wire Stripped has been taking longer than we anticipated to come out partly because we've been working on an EXCLUSIVE new podcast for Spotify called "His Darker Materials". It's a companion podcast to the HBO / BBC Show "His Dark Materials" which starts on Sunday 3rd November in UK and Monday 4th November in US and HBO worldwide.


    Fans of "The Wire" and "The Wire Stripped" will be pleased to see Clarke Peters both on the TV Show and on the Podcast.


    Subscribe now to His Darker Materials on Spotify Only with this link. If you haven't got Spotify don't worry - it's free!


    We promise that Season 3 of The Wire Stripped will follow shortly after :-)
     
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    • 2 min
    S2 Ep12: Port in a Storm

    S2 Ep12: Port in a Storm

    "Business. Always business." – The Greek
     
    This episode features the voices of:


    - Chris Bauer (Frank Sobotka) on how Season 2 is the MacBeth of The Wire
    - Robert Hogan (Louis Sobotka) on how classy The Wire was
    - Alexa Fogel (Casting Director - The Wire) on casting people whose characters are going to die
    - Joe Kiely (Podcaster - Shitegeist) on bodies in the water bookending the season
    - Chris Hewitt (Empire magazine) on Chris Bauer's performance
    - Kelly and Bailey (ReWired podcast) on the elusiveness of the Greek
    - Damond Gordon (Production Assistant - The Wire) on not liking Season 2 the first time round
    - Andrew Johnstone (Podcaster) on Valchek's reaction to Frank's death
    - Hannah and Jen (Standard Issue podcast) on how Season 2 is a Western
    - Jesse Thorn (Maximum Fun podcast network) on how The Wire broke away from cop show tropes


    Thanks to Sonix for helping transcribe all these interviews. Get your 100 free minutes of transcription with Sonix using this link https://sonix.ai/invite/stripped
     
    Kobi and Dave
    Kobi's other podcast is Flixwatcher
    Dave's other podcasts are The Cinemile and Shitegeist


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    Episode Synopsis
    The stevedores gather for work as a floating corpse is pulled from the water. Once it is ashore, they all recognize the body as Frank Sobotka.


    The Greek stops pursuing Nick because the police are on his heels, and walks away from Baltimore. Nick talks to the police and positively identifies The Greek. Sergei sings and the police solve the Jane Does.


    The FBI visits the union hall and tells them that they need to change their leadership or face decertification. The union remains loyal and seals the destruction of their future. Urban reform begins to hit Baltimore as the docks undergo construction.


    Omar vows revenge against Stringer. Stringer cements his deal with Proposition Joe now that Mouzone is out of the way.


    Bubbles is arrested and alerts Greggs and McNulty to the relationship between Proposition Joe and Stringer Bell in exchange for his release.




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    • 44 min
    S2 Ep11: Bad Dreams

    S2 Ep11: Bad Dreams

    "I need to get clean." – Sobotka
     
    This episode features the voices of:


    Chris Bauer (Frank Sobotka) on whether Ziggy is his actual son
    Robert Hogan (Louis Sobotka) on acting opposite Chris Bauer
    Kellie Brown (Kimmy) on being in Omar's Crew
    Damond Gordon (Production Assistant on The Wire) on working with Serge
    Jesse Thorn (Maximum Fun Podcast Network) loving Beadie Russell
    Dave Pickering (The Family Tree Podcast and Getting Better Acquainted) on what working class means in Baltimore




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    Episode Synopsis
    Stringer manipulates Omar into pursuing Brother Mouzone. Omar shoots Mouzone and then leaves him alive having realised his mistake.


    The detail serves warrants on the targets of their investigation and they instigate a series of dawn raids. A raid of Nick's home turns up large amounts of cash and heroin but Nick himself escapes arrest.


    Frank Sobotka is arrested when the FBI, led by Valcheck, storms the union offices. Valchek ensures the press is there to see Sobotka embarrassed in a perp walk. Sobotka agrees to work with the investigation into the Greeks in exchange for leniency for Nick and Ziggy.


    In the wake of the arrests the Greeks decide to cut their losses and leave Baltimore. Vondas lures Sobotka into danger by offering him a meeting with The Greek and a promise to help Nick and Ziggy. The Greek receives a warning of Sobotka's plan from a contact in the FBI.




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    • 53 min
    S2 Ep10: Storm Warnings

    S2 Ep10: Storm Warnings

    "It pays to go with the union card every time." – Ziggy
     
    This episode features the voices of:


    Chris Bauer (Frank Sobotka) on acting opposite James Ransone and Pablo Schreiber
    Melanie Nicholls King (Cheryl) on being pregnant during the show
    Al Brown (Major Valchek) on being punched by Prez
    Jesse Thorn (Maximum Fun Podcast Network) on Ziggy not being a complete idiot
    Kelly and Bailey (Rewired podcast) on Ziggy's confession
    James Dyer (Empire Magazine and Pilot TV Podcast) on Ziggy's Breakdown


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    Episode Synopsis
    Tension between the white and the black stevedores continues to build over the next union secretary. Frank Sobotka still plans to run contrary to a long-standing gentlemen's agreement.


    Ziggy steals four new cars from the docks and fences three to Glekas who double-crosses Ziggy by halving his original cut. Ziggy, in a rage shoots a young Greek employee and kills Double G. He remains outside the warehouse to turn himself in.


    Nick is the first to learn of his cousin's arrest and after facing the wrath of his uncle, drowns his sorrows in a local park with an old flame.


    The detail uses GPS technology to its advantage but meets a setback as Valchek turns over control of the investigation to the FBI.


    Bodie is pleased with the new supply of drugs, but unhappy that Proposition Joe's nephew Cheese is on his turf. Cheese is wounded by Brother Mouzone, further complicating relations between Stringer and Proposition Joe.




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    • 45 min
    S2 Ep9: Stray Rounds

    S2 Ep9: Stray Rounds

    "The world is a smaller place now." – The Greek
     
    This episode features the voices of:
    ·      MIchael Kostroff (Maurice Levy) on Season 2's shift of focus
    ·      Al Brown (Major Valchek) on finding out Dominic West was British
    ·      Deirdre Lovejoy (Rhonda Pearlman) on shooting sex scenes
    ·      Hannah (Standard Issue Podcast) on Dominic West's fake British accent
    ·     Joe Kiely (Shitegeist podcast) on the significance of the duck for Ziggy
    ·      Kelly and Bailey (Rewired podcast) on Ziggy playing the archetypal fool
    ·      Andrew Johnstone (Maryland native and podcaster) on the significance of the duck's name
     
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    Episode Synopsis
    The Sobotka detail are disappointed by the lack of activity and realise that the dock workers have shifted their pattern.


    Nick gets into the heroin game with Vondas.


    Bodie and crew are in a shootout on their new drug corner that results in the death of a child.


    Major Howard "Bunny" Colvin and Rawls arrive at the scene and start a huge scale effort to round up drug dealers. Colvin disapproves.


    Stringer meets with Prop Joe behind Avon's back to try and get a cut of "the good stuff" in exchange for some West side territory. Avon complicates Stringer's plan by hiring hitman Brother Mouzone to drive off Prop Joe's crew.




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    • 39 min
    S2 Ep8: Duck and Cover

    S2 Ep8: Duck and Cover

    "How come they don't fly away?" – Ziggy
     
    This episode features the voices of:
    ·      Chris Bauer (Frank Sobotka) on the relationship between Ziggy and Frank
    ·      Deirdre Lovejoy (Rhonda Pearlman) on auditioning for The Wire
    ·      Reign (Frog) on Nick confronting Frog
    ·      Kelvin Davis (LaLa) on Ziggy’s fight with Maui
    ·     Jill Redding (Delores) on bringing a duck to a bar
    ·      Kelly and Bailey (Rewired podcast) on why Ziggy throws away money
     
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    Episode Synopsis
    McNulty goes back to his old drinking and womanizing ways after failing to win his wife back.


    The detail closes in on Sergei Malatov when they track his cell phone through his truck rental paperwork.


    Frank becomes suspicious when the phone company says his account has been “flagged”. He smuggles a clean container to see what happens, and his suspicions mount when the Port Police pulls the container over.


    Frank and Nick visit the diner to tell The Greek; The Greek tells him to deliver more disappeared but clean containers to the shut down warehouse and lay low for the time being.


    With business down on their corners, Bodie decides to move into some new territory.


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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
126 Ratings

126 Ratings

A5J24 ,

Best Companion Podcast to The Wire

This is an exceptional companion podcast to The Wire. I was very impressed & pleasantly surprised that they even incorporated commentary from the actors of the show! I am dismayed that there are no seasons past season 2, especially since the other Wire podcasts pale in comparison (I’ve tried them all). Come back!!

Melody C ,

Whoa!!!! 😢

What happened!!! I’m got all into this podcast and just realized there was nothing beyond season 2!!!! Where’d you go???? 😭 Well, I do really like the setup of what I’ve already heard. I watched The Wire for the first time May 2020 and this podcast was a great companion. Please come back.... it’s not too late!

ET5683 ,

Come Back!

Loved their episodes just wished they had kept going. All their is a promise of more episodes from last November on Twitter.

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