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Playlist: Ireland

Posted by Katharine Crnko

For Marketplace Morning Report, Monday, November 22, 2010

Today's big news was Ireland. The Irish government has formally requested help from its European partners. This was quite a turnaround, since the country had been denying a bailout package.

Jeremy Hobson speaks to Father Iggy O'Donovan, the parish priest in the Irish town of Drogheda just north of Dublin, about the moral of the Irish people after yesterday's bailout announcement.

Michelle Obama will announce a program to put 5,000 salad bars in schools around the country, but is that really the best use of limited resources?

A lousy economy and a glut of vacant homes are creating headaches for the utility company that serves Detroit, Michigan.

Irish banks lost billions of dollars in the real estate bust and global crisis. The country is awash in debt and the Irish government now says it needs help to keep its financial system solvent.

In London, the new era of austerity is already taking hold. The British government is making deep cuts to the budget, including a big reduction to what the country forks out on social housing.

In China, where many people pay a premium for an auspicious number combination, changing your number can bring bad luck. China's government announced a solution: a pilot project that will allow Chinese to keep their phone numbers even if they change carriers.

Here are the songs we played:

  • Can't Take That Away -- Will Oldham Buy
  • Living Proof -- Cat Power Buy
  • Black and White (none) -- Hot Club of San Francisco Buy
  • Tape Hiss (Dirty) -- Madlib Buy
  • Wild Cat-- Ratatat Buy

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