We talk with Pulitzer Prize-winning author, journalist and playwright Lawrence Wright. His new play on the life of Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci premieres at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre this week. Fallaci, who died in 2006, was well-known for her controversial interviewing style. She once threw her chador off in protest while speaking with Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini. Wright himself is no stranger to controversy. His latest book “Going Clear” is an in-depth investigation into Scientology and its ties to Hollywood. We’ll talk about the fallout from the book and discuss how Fallaci influenced Wright’s own journalistic work.
Lawrence Wright, writer for The New Yorker, author of "Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief" and of the Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11" and playwright of "Fallaci"