We’re happy to be back on Blake Rutherford‘s “Arkansas Sunday Edition” radio program beginning at 7 a.m. this Sunday on 103.7 The Buzz. This week, we’re talking TV. Specifically, HBO‘s new drama “Treme,” about life in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
The show is from David Simon, the creator of another HBO series, “The Wire,” which many think is the greatest TV series ever. Simon is on my list of dream speakers for the Clinton School of Public Service, possessing a unique vantage point on media, crime, law enforcement, government, the education system — pretty much every major institution of American life.
“The Wire” — his epic, scathing treatise on those flawed institutions — now behind him, Simon’s turned his eye on New Orleans for a look how cultures endure in times of crisis. Critics have said “Treme” might also be the essential drama of the so-called Great Recession, with Katrina as a metaphor for the financial crisis. Whatever Simon’s driving at (episode 4 premieres Sunday night), there’s no doubt that post-Katrina New Orleans, with its devastation, singular music, shell-shocked residents and failed bureaucracies, is a rich canvas for any number of themes, cultural, economic and otherwise.
I could keep writing, but I’ll stop here. If you want to here us geek out on some really good TV, tune in this Sunday.
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