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Playlist: Health care rules and drug companies

Posted by Katharine Crnko

For Marketplace Morning Report, Thursday February 3, 2011

Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke will take questions from the press today at the National Press Club. The Fed chairman has spoken to the journalists in the past, but formal press conferences by a sitting chairman are not the norm.

A Health Affairs study says new health care rules could have people ping-ponging between state health insurance exchanges and Medicaid, as their income fluctuates.

Frankfurt houses Germany's main stock exchange. It's a place that is high-tech, and low on interpersonal activity. And more change is coming.

GlaxoSmithKline, the world's second largest drugmaker, lost more than $1 billion last quarter. That's after a year of difficulties. And it reveals an industry-wide sickness.

The Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency are teaming up to help companies with efficiency ratings on appliances stand out with a new "superstar" tier.

The first jobs report of 2011 will be released soon. What economists are expecting in job growth and the unemployment rate.

A cyclone hits Australia and drives the price of sugar to a 30-year high. Civil unrest in Egypt has pushed up the price of wheat. Global demand is growing on a shrinking supply. Is the cost increase in global commodities a coincidence?

Viacom this morning announced a drop in last quarter's profits -- in part due to sluggish DVD sales. In an effort to boost revenue, Viacom has cut a deal with Hulu.com to allow popular programs like "The Daily Show," "The Colbert Report," and "The Jersey Shore" back on the website.

Here are the songs we played:

  • Go to that Place -- Chico MannBuy
  • Tell Me -- Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings Buy
  • Light Powered -- DeastroBuy
  • Caleidoscopic Gaze -- StereolabBuy
  • In Mind -- Do Say Make ThinkBuy

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