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Where Is Deep Throat When We Need Him? with John O’Connor & Joan Felt

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Program Description

If it seems we’re a little short on integrity in government these days, it’s good to hear a story of a real American hero, the kind who has the courage to put his own safety on the line for the sake of honor and truth. Mark Felt is that kind of man. In this fascinating dialogue you’ll discover the many layers of the man who was “Deep Throat”, the deputy director of the FBI who helped Washington Post reporters Woodward and Bernstein break the cycle of corruption in the Nixon administration as presented in the 1978 film “All The President’s Men”. Attorney John O’Connor worked with Mark Felt to write the book that at last tells the details of those clandestine late-night meetings in a parking garage, and what was at stake for the man who saw a terrible wrong and risked everything to make it right. Mark’s daughter, Joan Felt, was a flower child who knew little of her father’s work, but had great disdain for the power matrix he worked for. Now she speaks with reverence of her love and respect for his courage, and of a man whose character grows ever stronger with age. In John O’Connor’s words, “Mark lived his life for other people – not as some sort of a martyr, but he got satisfaction out of his work because he was helping citizens”.

John O’Connor is an attorney who specializes in product liability, intellectual property, and business tort litigation. He is the co-author with Mark Felt of A G-Man’s Life: The FBI, Being “Deep Throat,” and the Struggle for Honor in Washington (Public Affairs 2006). Joan Felt is the daughter of Mark Felt, and his close collaborator in his life and his ongoing work.

Topics Explored in this Dialogue:

  • Why “Deep Throat” finally decided to identify himself
  • How identifying himself changed his life
  • What is the relevance of “Deep Throat” to the present times
  • How Mark Felt put himself in great jeopardy to save 125 FBI subordinates from prosecution
  • How he foiled a PLO terrorist effort in New York City
  • What is the real reason J. Edgar Hoover kept those secret files

Program Number: 3156          Host: Michael Toms          Interview Date: 6/1/2006

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