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Game Theory in The Wire

Game Theory in The Wire

October 4, 2020

In this episode, Kelly explains how Game Theory manifests in The Wire, with a focus on Tommy Carcetti. 


Works Cited:

“Game theory is a theoretical framework for conceiving social situations among competing players. In some respects, game theory is the science of strategy, or at least the optimal decision-making of independent and competing actors in a strategic setting.” - Investopedia


“Some literary work can correctly (and non-metaphorically) be denominated a game if a) it is a game which the reader plays, or b) it is a game which the reader views.” - The Detective Story: A Case Study of Games in Literature


Game Theory and Literature by Steven J. Brams


“All situations in which at least one agent can only act to maximize his utility through anticipating (either consciously, or just implicitly in his behavior) the responses to his actions by one or more other agents is called a game. Agents involved in games are referred to as players.” - Stanford Encyclopedia

“Communication is pointless in constant-sum games because there is no possibility of mutual gain from cooperating. In variable-sum games, on the other hand, the ability to communicate, the degree of communication, and even the order in which players communicate can have a profound influence on the outcome.” - Investopedia

Rewired ft. Jonathan Buckingham

Rewired ft. Jonathan Buckingham

August 24, 2020

In this episode, Kelly chats with Jonathan Buckingham about The Wire and Moby Dick, plus all the best scenes in The Wire. 


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Rewired ft. Julito McCullum

Rewired ft. Julito McCullum

April 29, 2020

In this episode, Kelly and Bailey chat with Julito McCallum, who played Namond Brice in The Wire. 


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Theme music by Flö Flørg. 


The 5 Series: Season 5: -30- Duplicity and the Dialectic Model

The 5 Series: Season 5: -30- Duplicity and the Dialectic Model

April 6, 2020

In this episode, Bailey and Kelly discuss the fifth episode of the final season of The Wire by looking at the literary themes of duplicity and the dialectic model.


Works Cited: 

Theme of duplicity:“The idea of doubleness is at the core of duplicity. Duplicity comes from a Latin word meaning "double" or "twofold," and its original meaning in English has to do with a kind of deception in which you intentionally hide your true feelings or intentions behind false words or actions. If you are being duplicitous there are two yous: the one you're showing and the one you're hiding. And—key to the idea of duplicity—you're hiding that you in order to make people believe something that's not true.”

“Apollo is representative of principle and calm reason.  Dionysus is the representative of mad inspiration, an inability to discern the boundaries between appearance and reality.  Apollo represents the state of "measured restraint," in which one remains separate from and thus mastery over the emotions; Dionysus represents a surrendering of self- where “self” is conceived of in roughly Platonic terms, as the rational ego. Thus, Dionysus is associated with drunkenness, the state in which one enters into an “inspiration,” an ecstatic unity, an identification (perhaps with a higher entity or community).”  - Source


“Nietzsche emphasizes that in real tragic art, the elements of Dionysus and Apollo were inextricably entwined.” - SparkNotes

Frankenstein notes:

The Wild Man's Revenge:



The 5 Series: Season 4- Misery, Zombies, and Schadenfreude
The Wire, The False Protagonist, and Affect Theory
Rewired meet Entertainment Talk

Rewired meet Entertainment Talk

October 18, 2019

In this episode, Bailey and Kelly talk to Matthew from Entertainment Talk and continue the Breaking Bad vs. The Wire debate! 


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The 5 Series: Season 3- Good vs. Evil

The 5 Series: Season 3- Good vs. Evil

October 7, 2019

Enjoy this next instalment of our Five Series as we discuss Season 3, Episode 5 "Straight and True". In this podcast, we have a special guest speaker, Al Maulding, and we discuss the themes of good vs. evil in this episode of The Wire. 


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The 5 Series: Season 2- Palimpsest
The 5 Series: Season 1

The 5 Series: Season 1

May 29, 2019

In this special series, Bailey and Kelly discuss the fifth episode of each season. In this episode, we discuss Season 1, Episode 5, "The Pager," as relating to the theme of games, play, and childhood. 

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