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Deep Cover: The Real Donnie Brasco

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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 “… read more

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Reality vs. Fiction Part 4, B.T.S. of Donnie Brasco

January 17th, 2023


On this season finale of Deep Cover, Joe and Leo deep dive into your final movie questions to reveal fiction from fact. Joe shares more of Donnie …

Jules Interview - Joe's Handler & Donnie's Rabbi

January 10th, 2023


On this special episode of Deep Cover, Joe and Leo speak to former FBI boss, Jules Bonavolonta, who was Head of Organized Crime and Narcotics in New …

Reality vs. Fiction, Part 3

January 3rd, 2023


On this episode of Deep Cover, Leo Rossi walks Joe Pistone through a few more scenes of his Hollywood blockbuster, “Donnie Brasco.” Joe shares …

Michael Franzese - Realities of the Mob and Life

December 13th, 2022


On this special episode of Deep Cover, Leo Rossi and Joe Pistone are joined by ex-Colombo crime mobster turned motivational speaker Michael Franzese. …

Reality vs. Fiction Part 2, Behind the Scenes of Donnie Brasco

December 6th, 2022


Joe Pistone and Leo Rossi continue with more behind-the-scenes insight about the Blockbuster movie based on Joe’s time in the mob, “Donnie Brasco.” Accompanying clips featuring Johnny Depp, Al Pacino, and others, …

Reality vs. Fiction Part 1, Behind the Scenes of Donnie Brasco

November 28th, 2022


Joe Pistone and Leo Rossi review and discuss the most popular clips from the motion picture, “Donnie Brasco” based on Joe’s book about his time spent …

Tony Conti Exit Tapes - Lefty's Goose Chase

November 22nd, 2022


The Tony Conti saga comes to an end. In this episode, Leo Rossi and Joe Pistone take us through several different tapes that meticulously details the …

The Milwaukee Tapes

November 15th, 2022


Following last week’s focus on the casino deal between Traficante, Sonny Black, and the Bonnano family– in this episode, stakes are raised even …

Sonny Tapes, Traficante, and the Casino

November 8th, 2022


Leo Rossi and Joe Pistone deep dive into the relationship between Donnie and Sonny Black Napolitano. At a time when Sonny was attempting to push …

Conclusion - Life and Death Phone Call with Lefty and Donnie, Part 2

November 1st, 2022


In this conclusion to our two-part episode on the Lefty Tape, you will hear how Joe Pistone, as Donnie Brasco, talks his way out of a life-or-death situation with Left Ruggerio. 

Listen to find out how Joe managed to not …

Life and Death Phone Call with Lefty Ruggerio and Donnie, Part 1

October 25th, 2022


In this episode, you will hear the real life conversation between Lefty and Joe as Donnie faced a life-and-death situation as he dealt with accusations of theft from fellow mobster Tony Mirra. 

Join co-hosts Leo Rossi …

Donnie's Tapes

October 18th, 2022


Leo Rossi and Joe Pistone are back with the third season! This season is called “Donnie’s Tapes." All season, Joe and Leo will be going over the actual tapes that Joe carried while undercover for six years with the …

Season 3 Trailer

September 30th, 2022


Season 3 of Deep Cover will focus on the tapes Joseph D. Pistone recorded undercover as Donnie Brasco. Hear the voices of notorious mobsters, learn how "wiseguys" throw the English language around, and find out the …

Season 2 Finale: More Listener Questions!

July 28th, 2021


In the season 2 finale, producer Matty joins Joe and Leo to ask another round of questions submitted by you, the listeners! Thank you for listening …

The French (Canadian) Connection ft. Eric from Canada

July 21st, 2021


This week we’re getting a visit from Joe’s friend from the north, Eric from Montreal Canada. As a former detective with the Montreal Police …

Examining The Criminal Mind with Dr. Frank

July 14th, 2021


Go inside the mind of a criminal. This week Joe and Leo are joined by criminal psychiatrist and Joe’s old colleague, Dr. Frank, to take a deep dive …

Joe Pistone Returns to the FBI

June 30th, 2021


Just when we thought Joe was done with the FBI he decides to give it another shot. But before he can be reinstated he must go through what all rookies go through- training at the FBI Academy. He talks with Leo about his …

Breaking Down a Lost ‘Lefty’ Tape

June 23rd, 2021


Never before heard tapes! The year is 1978 as we listen to original recorded conversations between Joe “Donnie Brasco” Pistone, infamous Lefty “Two Guns” Ruggiero and another undercover agent known on the street as …

Joe Pistone Quits the FBI - Part 2

June 16th, 2021


After years of unwarranted harassment from his superior, Joe finally had enough. He tells Leo about the incident that finally pushed him over the edge. In one final confrontation with his special agent in charge, Joe …

Joe Pistone Quits the FBI Part 1

June 9th, 2021


This week Joe begins to shut the door on his career with the FBI. He walks Leo through the years of harassment and unnecessary heat he faced at his assigned field office from his Special Agent in Charge. From calling …

Joe and Leo Go to the Movies

June 2nd, 2021


This week Leo and Joe dive into the Hollywood scene. The two give behind the scenes insight on the set of Leo’s new hit show, Graves End. We also …

Joe and Leo sit down with Michael Franzese

May 26th, 2021


This week Leo and Joe are joined by former member of the Colombo Crime Family, Michael Franzese. Being a gangster is one hell of a life to live. …

The Italian Mafia’s Ruthless Ways

May 19th, 2021


This week Joe and Leo discuss The Maxi Trial in Palermo, Sicily. The case was against the Sicilian Mafia, and, boy, were those some mean, …

Never Cross a Mob Boss

May 12th, 2021


If there’s one thing you never want to do it’s cross a mob boss. Joe talks to us about what happened to the acting boss of the Bonanno Crime Family, Carmine Galante, when he decided to defy The Commission. Leo learns a …

The Fall of the Mafia

May 5th, 2021


The case is finally closed and it’s time for Joe Pistone, a.k.a the real Donnie Brasco to face The Mafia in court. For six years, he rubbed elbows with some of the scariest gangsters alive and now he’s working with the …

Donnie Brasco is Back

April 28th, 2021


Leo Rossi and Joe Pistone are back and diving even further into the Donnie Brasco story. This week is all about mafia business and the cash-raking hustle of hijacking. From Sonny Black to John Gotti, these wise guys …

Deep Cover: The Real Donnie Brasco Season 2

April 22nd, 2021


Leo and Joe are back with even more jaw-dropping stories that will have you inching toward the edge of your seat. After spending six years undercover, it was time for Joe to take the stand against the mafia men that he …

A Donnie Brasco Christmas, Part 2

December 21st, 2020


Happy Holidays! We have a gift for all of the listeners that have made this year special. It’s a two part holiday special with Leo Rossi and Joe …

A Donnie Brasco Christmas, Part 1

December 16th, 2020


Happy Holidays! We have a gift for all of the listeners that have made this year special. It’s a two part holiday special with Leo Rossi and Joe …

Life as a Prison Warden with Joseph Woodring

November 18th, 2020


We're back with another bonus episode! This time, with Joe and Leo's first interview where THEY ask the questions. Their guest, the interviewee, is Joseph Woodring, a retired prison warden and associate warden who …

Joe Pistone and Leo Rossi Interviewed by Matty Staudt

October 28th, 2020


While we're waiting for Season 2... the president and founder of our favorite show's production company, Matty Staudt, is taking this opportunity to get to know Leo and Joe's story better. From Leo's days in radio to …

Donnie Brasco Goes To Hollywood

September 16th, 2020


In this Season 1 finale of Deep Cover, Leo Rossi and Joe Pistone reminisce on tales of Hollywood related to the production of the movie, Donnie …

Johnny Depp is Donnie Brasco

September 9th, 2020


Leo Rossi and Joe Pistone get into the showbiz of Donnie Brasco, the movie. Revealing stories of what it was like to work with an A-list actor like Johnny Depp, especially the relationship of respect established between …

Close Calls and Untold Stories, Part 2

September 2nd, 2020


In this two-part episode, Leo and Joe continue to reveal close calls and other untold stories from Joe’s time deep undercover, as Donnie Brasco. From …

Close Calls and Untold Stories, Part 1

August 26th, 2020


In this two-part episode, Leo and Joe reveal close calls and other untold stories from Joe’s time deep undercover, as Donnie Brasco. From the dangers …

Three Capos Murder

August 19th, 2020


Leo Rossi and Joe Pistone dive deeper into the three capos murder that took place towards the end of the Donnie Brasco operation. A big war was going …

Q&A with Leo and Joe, Part 2

August 12th, 2020


Joe Pistone and Leo Rossi sit down to answer more of the listener’s questions. This time, Joe talks about his family, the impact his work has had on the world of deep cover operations, and even Leo gets to answer a few …

Q & A with Leo and Joe, Part 1

August 5th, 2020


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 …

The End of Donnie Brasco?

July 29th, 2020


The FBI now knows there’s a lot of bad blood and enemies turning the mafia inside out and placing Joe Pistone’s life in danger. He’s set to become a made guy, but the FBI wants to close the operation and start …

Donnie Brasco vs. Tony Mirra

July 22nd, 2020


Tensions are at an all-time high within the Bonanno family, as there’s a struggle for power amongst the caporegime. Anthony “Tony” Mirra returns from prison to reclaim Joe from Lefty Ruggiero, but with no leverage or …

Joe Meets Santo Trafficante

July 15th, 2020


If last time wasn’t risky enough, Joe finds himself assisting another fellow undercover FBI operation. Except this time, it’s a gambling scene based out of Florida. Joe has to find a way to get the caporegime of the …

Meeting with the Balistrieri Family

July 8th, 2020


Now that Joe Pistone (aka Donnie Brasco) has been helping Lefty Ruggerio do the bookkeeping and movement of stolen property for Nicholas Marangello, …

Joe Meets the Bonanno Family

July 1st, 2020


So, Joe has left the Colombo family, he’s a free mobster… where to next? The Bonannno family. Utilizing his acquaintance with Anthony “Tony” Mirra, …

A Fight With a Colombo

June 24th, 2020


What can you do when a pistol is placed in front of you, and you’re given an ultimatum to prove yourself, or be killed? Well, Joe chose to go on the …

Joe Becomes Donnie Brasco

June 17th, 2020


When the head writer of the Sopranos and creator of Boardwalk Empire, Terence Winter, sees death in your eyes, you know you’re convincing enough for …

Who is the real Donnie Brasco?

June 9th, 2020


Rather than be attracted to the lifestyle of a gangster, Joe Pistone found himself drawn to a career in law enforcement. So how did a freshly recruited FBI agent go from routine undercover cases, to going deep …

Deep Cover: The Real Donnie Brasco

May 27th, 2020


Did you see the movie “Donnie Brasco” starring Johny Depp and Al Pacino and wonder if all of that really happened? The true story is even more interesting than the movie. The real Donnie Brasco is Joe Pistone, and he …

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