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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

On today’s show: Frontline producer Martin Smith describes his investigation into why the U.S. Department of Justice has failed to act on what many argue is credible evidence of crimes on Wall Street. Peter Yost talks about his NOVA documentary “Rise of the Drones,” about how robots are revolutionizing warfare. New Yorker writer Margaret Talbot tells us about the life and career of her father Lyle Talbot, a star during the early days of Hollywood. Plus, Aaron Neville on the release of his latest recording “My True Story.”

Why Wall Street’s Leaders Escaped Prosecution

Frontline producer and correspondent Martin Smith talks about his investigation into why the U.S. Department of Justice has failed to act on credible evidence that Wall Street knowingly packaged and sold toxic mortgage loans to investors, loans that brought the U.S. and world economies to the brink of collapse. Frontline’s documentary “The Untouchables” includes interviews with top prosecutors, government officials and industry whistle-blowers, and reports allegations that Wall Street bankers ignored pervasive fraud when buying pools of mortgage loans. “The Untouchables” airs January 22, at 10 p.m., on PBS.

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Rise of the Drones

Peter Yost talks about his NOVA documentary “Rise of the Drones.” Drones are the next chapter in aviation history and are revolutionizing warfare.  NOVA gains unprecedented access to engineers and labs, military experts, pilot training facilities to show how engineers are taking the pilot out of the cockpit with stunning new advances in this game-changing technology to explore if these could become part of our everyday lives here at home.  “Rise of the Drones” airs on PBS at 9 pm January 23.

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Movies, Magic, and Memoir

New Yorker writer Margaret Talbot uses the life and career of her father, Lyle Talbot, an early Hollywood star, to tell the story of the rise of popular culture. The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father’s Twentieth Century is a combination of Hollywood history, social history, and family memoir, conjures nostalgia for those earlier eras of 1910s and 1920s small-town America, and the 1930s and 1940s in Hollywood.

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Aaron Neville

Grammy Award-winning singer Aaron Neville talks about his latest album, “My True Story” and his upcoming tour. Neville revitalizes some of his favorite songs from the doo-wop era and beyond, including “Tears on My Pillow” and “Under the Boardwalk.” In March PBS will air the special Aaron Neville: Doo Wop: My True Story—a concert filmed in November at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl. Neville was joined by musicians and guests including Paul Simon, Joan Osborne, Eugene Pitt of the Jive Five, and Dickie Harmon from the Del-Vikings.

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Guest Picks: Aaron Neville

Grammy Award-winning singer Aaron Neville was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his latest album, "My True Story." He also told us about a few of his favorite things. (His answer to our first question kind of blew us away -- and sounds incredible.) Find out Aaron Neville's fan of!

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