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Playlist: Happy New Years from Marketplace

Posted by Katharine Crnko

For Marketplace Morning Report, Friday, December 31, 2010

When the clock strikes midnight in Estonia, the country will become the 17th government to join the euro zone -- leaving their old currency, kroons, for the euro. But is this the right time to make the switch?

The federal government will for the first time regulating greenhouse gas emissions at power plants, refineries, and paper mills.

Jeremy Hobson speaks to Dan Charnas, author "The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop." Over the past two decades no music industry has grown faster than hip-hop. "The Big Payback" is a detailed and real to life accounting of the business of music, giving readers a behind-the-scenes look at how street music grew to be one of the business's biggest industries.

In Northeastern Australia military aircraft dropped supplies to towns cut off by floods. 200,000 people have been affected by waters covering an area larger than Texas and Montana combined.

At midnight here in the U.S. it'll be 65 years since the first baby boomer was born. That means it'll be time for the boomers to start getting Medicare benefits.

In Illinois the public employee retirement system is considered the most under-funded in the country.

Residents of Kiribati, a small island in the Pacific Ocean, were some of the first people to ring in 2011. But as many countries face a New Year of tough financial decisions and government cuts, how much are cities spending on their celebrations?

Happy New Years. Here are the songs we played:

  • Rapper's Delight -- Sugarhill GangBuy
  • Lazy Eye -- Silversun PickupsBuy
  • New York, New York -- Ryan AdamsBuy
  • I Love the Nightlife -- Alicia BridgesBuy
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