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President Obama sat down on Thursday for a talk on criminal justice reform with a special guest: David Simon, creator of the hit TV show The Wire.

Click above to watch a discussion of such important topics as the War on Drugs and excessive sentencing — plus Obama’s favorite character on the show — then share this video.

Video via The White House.

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