HBO's 'The Wire' Bids Farewell

HBO's award-winning show The Wire broadcasts its 60th and final episode on Sunday. The series chronicled life — and death — in Baltimore and focused on the failure of its major civic institutions, including the police, the school system and the news media.

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STEVEN INSKEEP, host:

One other note. This weekend marks the end of the TV series "The Wire." HBO plays the final episode on Sunday. Critics and fans grew addicted to a series that chronicled life — and death — in one American city - Baltimore. It focused on the failure of major civic institutions, like police, schools and the news media.

The series co-creator, David Simon, was formerly a journalist with the Baltimore Sun. he developed the series with a former Baltimore homicide detective.

In an iconic scene, Baltimore cops lay a dead officer on a barroom pool table and sing a song from the Pogues, "Body of an American." And so we salute the end of "The Wire" this morning with that song by the Pogues' Shane MacGowan.

(Soundbite of song, "Body of an American")

Mr. SHANE MACGOWAN (Singer, The Pogues, The Popes): (Singing) Then we turned and shook as we had a look in the room where the dead man lay. So big…

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