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PODCAST: Taxpayers lose on mortgage settlement, Ford's turnaround

Feb 17, 2012
What's the driving force behind Ford's turnaround? CEO Alan Mulally discusses from Detroit. Down South, reality TV is looking for new voices in the backwoods. Prices are rising -- for both food ingredients and gas. Britain and France are set to sign a nuclear energy deal. Whitney Houston's estate isn't making much money from all those "I Will Always Love You" plays. We explain why. Plus, what does the spectrum auction mean? And are taxpayers bailing out the banks again?

Mid-day Extra: More from Ford's CEO

Feb 17, 2012
Listen to an extended conversation with Ford CEO Alan Mulally, where he discusses whether consumers will want larger or smaller cars 20 years from now and the importance of emerging markets like China to the carmaker.
Posted In: Ford, Alan Mullaly

PODCAST: Is America accelerating?

Feb 16, 2012
Rupert Murdoch is facing tensions with his staff at The Sun after nine of its journalists were arrested in the last few weeks for alleged corruption. The rental car market in the United States has been dominated by American brands, but that could soon change. Commercial real estate experts are starting to see what will become of the hundreds of Borders store spaces that closed last year.

Facebook coming to non-smartphones in Africa

Feb 16, 2012
Facebook is teaming up with mobile phone maker Orange to provide its services to cell phones in Africa -- of the non-iPhone, BlackBerry, or Android variety.
Posted In: Facebook, cell phone, Africa

Xi Jinping visits Iowa... again

Feb 15, 2012
The soon to be president of China is visiting the U.S. this week, and today he is in Iowa. It turns out, he's been there before.
Posted In: China, Xi Jinping, Iowa

PODCAST: Don't call it a comeback

Feb 15, 2012
Congressional negotiators have agreed to a deal that would extend the payroll tax cut through the end of the year. Yesterday, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping visited the White House and the Pentagon before meeting with American business leaders at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Westminster Dog Show dropped Pedigree as a sponsor this year, saying its sad ads that promote adoption from animal shelters turned off its audience. And President's Day is fast approaching, but a lot of Americans don't take that day, or others, off -- and that could be a problem for the economy.

PODCAST: Retail sales and valentine hearts

Feb 14, 2012
Two former Bear Stearns executives accused of misleading investors about the quality of risky mortgages have settled with the federal government. Waffle House is transforming more than a hundred restaurants into Valentine wonderlands. President Obama is meeting today with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, who is expected to be the next president of China. And some experts are looking to Zynga's earnings to help predict how Facebook will fare in the coming months.

The Westminster Dog Show and the pet economy

Feb 14, 2012
Does the best breed at the Westminster dog show impact the broader pet economy in America?
Posted In: Westminster Dog Show, pets

PODCAST: Cleaning up Greece, crying for Adele

Feb 13, 2012
President Obama will announce his proposed budget for 2013 today, and it is expected to include a lot of infrastructure spending. In Greece, big budget cuts were passed over the weekend -- but how do the new minimum wage requirements and public sector job cuts there compare to the U.S.? And we take a closer look at the world of natural gas through the eyes of an energy company CEO.

The profit boost from 'Linsanity'

Feb 13, 2012
Jeremy Lin has risen in the last week to be a breakout star in the NBA -- in part, because of his potential to tap into the Chinese market.
Posted In: NBA, basketball, China, Jeremy Lin

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The Mid-Day Update is a five-day-a-week podcast from the Marketplace Morning Report hosted by David Brancaccio that wraps up the morning news in a fun little package. Listen here every day at 10 a.m. PT or download it to your iPod by subscribing to the Morning Report Podcast.