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Hear former FBI agent Eric O'Neill, film director/screenwriter Billy Ray, journalist Mariane Pearl, and film critic David Edelstein, on this edition of Fresh Air.
Eric O'Neill and Billy Ray collaborated on the film Breach, based on the true story of FBI operative Robert Hanssen, who was found guilty of treason, and FBI agent O'Neill, who was assigned to Hanssen to draw him out of deep cover. The film is now out on DVD. Billy Ray also wrote and directed the critically acclaimed feature Shattered Glass. Breach stars Chris Cooper, Ryan Phillipe, and Laura Linney. (Original Airdate: 1/31/07)
Then, Mariane Pearl, the widow of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and then executed by militant Islamists in 2002. Before Pearl was abducted, the Pearls were both foreign correspondents, reporting from Pakistan. Pearl was working on a story when he disappeared en route to a meeting in Karachi. There's a new film based on Mariane Pearl's book: A Mighty Heart: The Brave Life and Death of My Husband, Danny Pearl. It stars Angelina Jolie. Mariane Pearl is an award-winning documentary film director who produced and hosted a daily radio show for Radio France International and has written for Telerama. (Original Airdate: 10/1/03)
Finally, David Edelstein reviews the new zombie satire film Fido. [Broadcast Date: June 15, 2007]