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Bankers Scrutinized Over Financial Meltdown

Bank CEOs are facing skeptical commissioners today as they testify before the independent panel to investigate the causes of the financial crisis.  Panel commissioner Phil Angelides started hearings saying Americans are furious and "have a right to be."  So what's the panel looking for and what is it likely to find out?  We'll speak with Wall Street Journal columnist David Weidner.

Aid Organizations and Haitian-Americans Mobilize Resources for Earthquake Recovery

Debris lays in the street after an earthquake along the Delmas road in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010.  (AP)
Debris lays in the street after an earthquake along the Delmas road in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010. (AP)

New Poll Finds Afghans More Optimistic about Country

A new opinion poll commissioned by the BBC, ABC News and Germany's ARD suggests that the people of Afghanistan are becoming more optimistic about their country. 70% said they believed Afghanistan was going in the right direction, compared to only 40% a year ago. The BBC's Allan Little reports on the new mood in the city of Herat in western Afghanistan.

Personal Scandals Rock Politics in Northern Ireland

The personal scandals of two top leaders are rippling across political and public life across Northern Ireland.  First Minister Peter Robinson has stepped aside in the wake of allegations his wife engaged in sexual and financial improprieties.  At the same time, Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams is facing questions about how's he's handled claims of sexual abuse in his own family. To sort out the implications, we talk with David Sharrock [SHA'-rock] Ireland correspondent for the London Times.

From Thomas Chatterton to James Frey- A look at Literary Hoaxes Past and Present

18th century poet Thomas Chatterton, modern-day pseudo-memoirist James Frey, even Mark Twain have all perpetrated some type of literary deception on an unsuspecting public.  We learn about some of the stories behind the scams, with Melissa Katsoulis, the author of "Literary Hoaxes: An Eye-Opening History of Famous Frauds."

Music from the show

Sun Kil Moon, "Carry Me Ohio"
Sigur Ros, "Nybatteri"
Thelonius Monk, "Caravan"
Dntel, "Last Songs"
Fred Hirsch, "Desafinado"
Moby, "Inside"
Charles Mingus, "Pedal Point Blues"
The Lickets, "Honey to Ashes"
Grace Slick, “White Rabbit” performed by Jefferson Airplane

This program aired on January 13, 2010.

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