HBO has begun a six-part miniseries about a long-running movement in America: fair housing, and how best to integrate communities and stop discrimination. It’s called “Show Me a Hero,” and it’s a dramatization of what happened in Yonkers, just up from New York City, when a federal judge in the 1980s ordered the city to put in low-income housing as the law required. We speak to the showrunner David Simon, also known for creating the series “The Wire,” about how housing policies created hyper-segregation and provoked ferocious opposition.
Click the media player above to hear Simon’s conversation with Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio.
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