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Mark Hughes
Crime Correspondent, The Independent
Mark Hughes Crime Correspondent, The Independent

By Stephanie Kaye

U.S. imports to Britain are on the rise--at least, in the form of television. The HBO Series "The Wire" is gaining popularity in the UK. The series deals with the seedy side of Baltimore, from housing projects and drugs to corrupt reporters and politicians.

But how close to real life is "The Wire?" One British reporter wanted to find out.

Mark Hughes covers crime for The Independent newspaper based in London. He spent the last week doing a reality check in Baltimore, while Justin Fenton, crime reporter for the Baltimore Sun, explored the UK. They spoke with WAMU's Stephanie Kaye about their impressions from the reporter exchange.

Their writing, "Crime: A Tale of Two Cities," is in The Baltimore Sun and The Independent.

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