Deep Cover: The Real Donnie Brasco

Johnny Depp might have played Donnie Brasco in the Academy Award-nominated film, but the real-life hero is Joe Pistone. Pistone came up on the mean streets of Patterson, New Jersey before going deep undercover and spending six years inside the Bonanno and Columbo crime families. In the new podcast “Deep Cover-The Real Donnie Brasco,” Joe Pistone shares the true stories of his time with The Mob to his friend, and our host, actor Leo Rossi. If you loved the Sopranos--“Fuhggedaboutit”--this is The Real Donnie Brasco.


episode 9: Q & A with Leo and Joe, Part 1

Joe Pistone and Leo Rossi sit down to answer some of the listener’s questions. Now that we know the story of how Donnie Brasco came to be, we’re going to dive even deeper into the finer details of the operation. What happened after the operation? What did Lefty Ruggiero do when he got out? What was the most difficult part of being Donnie Brasco? All of these questions, and more, are answered in this two-part Q&A.

  • 01:25 – What happened when the operation ended?
  • 03:24 – Sonny’s culture
  • 04:10 – No mercy for Sonny Black?
  • 05:05 – How did Joe Pistone find out Sonny was dead?
  • 06:50 – What did Lefty do when he got out? 
  • 07:55 – $500k contract on Joe 
  • 09:15 – Was it difficult jumping in and out of he Donnie Brasco persona?
  • 12:23 – Did anyone try to contact Joe?
  • 15:08 – Would Joe have regretted killing Bruno?
  • 16:48 – How many people were killed?
  • 18:10 – What was the most difficult part about working deep cover?
  • 20:09 – Did anyone from the mob ever come over to Joe’s apartment?

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 2020-08-05  23m