Listen to audio of Wright’s interviews and appearances on radio and on stage.

September 12, 2016

Radio Interview with On Point

Wright sits down with WBUR’s On Point to discuss the 15th anniversary of 9/11, his new book The Terror Years, and where we are now, in the age of terrorism.

March 12, 2014

LISTEN: Interview at SXSW features Wright on their podcast, during their visit to Austin for SXSW. Features quotes like this gem:

"If I had the chance to interview Osama Bin Laden, should I kill him? It’s a fair question. Suppose we’re having dinner — should I stab him with the bread knife? Do I have a moral obligation to kill him? Or do I have a moral obligation as a reporter to simply hear him?"

You can download the episode [MP3] or visit Longform’s website to hear the interview.

  • [6:00] Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief (Knopf • Jan 2013)
  • [6:00] The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (Knopf • Aug 2006)
  • [7:45] The Siege (Twentieth Century Fox • 1998)
  • [14:45] "The Apostate" (The New Yorker • Feb 2011)
  • [30:15] My Trip to Al-Qaeda (Jigsaw Productions • Apr 2010)
January 17, 2014

Wright on Oregon Public Radio

Wright is interviewed about Going Clear and Scientology by Dave Miller on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Thinking Out Loud

January 12, 2014

Resurgence of Al-Qaeda in Iraq & Syria

Wright was interviewed with fellow journalist Dexter Filkins by The New Yorker’s Dorothy Wickenden, as part of the Political Scene podcast.

November 22, 2013

NPR on JFK: Wright Talks About Growing Up in Dallas in the 60’s

Wright was interviewed for Wade Goodwyn’s report on the effects of the J.F.K. assassination on the city of Dallas, TX.

POSTED IN: Audio, In the News
June 27, 2013

Interview at IRE Conference

“Speaking at the 2013 Investigative Reporters & Editors Conference, Wright revealed some of the secrets of his craft in a conversation led by his longtime friend John Burnett, a veteran foreign correspondent and longtime Texas-based NPR correspondent.”

[Photo: Travis Hartman, courtesy]

POSTED IN: Audio, Going Clear, Profiles
April 14, 2013

Slate’s Book Club on “Going Clear”

Dan Kois, Hanna Rosin, and Meghan O’Rourke all read Going Clear for this installment of Slate’s Audio Book Club.

POSTED IN: Audio, Going Clear, Reviews
February 07, 2013

Radio Interview with NPR’s “Morning Edition”

Steve Inskeep interviews Wright about the new book, Going Clear, and the controversial Church of Scientology.

January 25, 2013

Radio interview with “On the Media”

On the Media host Bob Garfield talks to Wright about Scientology and the new book, Going Clear.

January 24, 2013

Radio Interview with “Fresh Air”

Fresh Air’s Terri Gross interviews Wright about Scientology and his process for writing the book, Going Clear.

January 23, 2013

Radio Interview with “The Leonard Lopate Show”

WNYC’s Lopate interviews Wright on his new book about the Church of Scientology, Going Clear.