A 1989 interview with Joseph Pistone, the FBI agent who went undercover as Donnie Brasco. His successful infiltration of the mob led to over 100 convictions. The new Pacino/Depp film is based on his experiences. (REBROADCAST from 1/12/89)
Eric Davis, an undercover cop who patrols Chicago housing projects. Davis grew up in one, but life in the projects is much tougher today. The proliferation of drugs and guns has made the environment almost hopeless. There's a lot of distrust of cops in the projects but Davis has won the respect of a lot of young people...some of them are fans of his group "The Slick Boys," a rap group composed of three Chicago undercover cops. (Rebroadcast of 2/28/1995)
Lieutenant Duvall is the founder of Cleveland's landmark sex crimes unit. She was one of the first woman street cops in the city, and one of the first women in the country to head a vice squad. A new biography has just been written about her, called "Working Vice."
Film critic Stephen Schiff review the new film, in which the muscled actor plays a cop who goes undercover as a teacher to capture a drug kingpin. Schiff says the movie tries to be all things to all people, but it somehow works.
For six years, Joseph Pistone worked undercover for the FBI to investigate the Mafia. His testimony helped convict over one hundred people, including those involved with the Pizza Connection heroin operation. His new memoir is titled Donnie Brasco -- the name he used when working with crime families.