Playlist: Libya and mortgages

Posted by Katharine Crnko

For Marketplace Morning Report, Thursday February 24, 2011

As the unrest continues in Libya, Bahrain, and Yemen, the Chinese government has scaled up its control of the Internet to prevent protests in China. The government has called on search engines to block search terms related to the unrest in the Middle East, as Rob Schmitz reports.

New energy start up Transphorm says it can save up to 9 percent of US power by getting rid of those big, ugly DC conversion boxes.

Across the country, states are tackling rising budget deficits. And as economics correspondent Chris Farrell explains, health care is at the heart of federal and state deficits.

As violence mounts in Libya, people in neighboring Egypt have raised thousands of dollars to get food and provisions to those refugees.

Violence in the Middle East and North Africa has sent oil prices to a two-year high. Stephen Beard explains the finer points of oil refining, including the value of a light, sweet crude.

In the lead-up, rivals Boeing and EADS have been spending millions on print, radio and online ads targeted at just a few key Pentagon decision makers.

Jeremy Hobson speaks with Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial, on how the turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa will affect the global economic recovery.

The Wall Street Journal reports today that the Obama administration is working to settle mortgage-servicing breakdowns that involved practices like robo-signing foreclosure documents. The settlement plan could cost America's largest banks billions of dollars. Janet Babin explains.

Steve Chiotakis speaks with Nick Timiraos of the Wall Street Journal on a plan by the Obama administration to help homeowners under water on loans and to settle with banks involved in the robo-signing debacle.

Here are the songs we played:

  • What Goes Around -- Justin TimberlakeBuy
  • Narita -- Lymbyc SystymBuy
  • Simple -- Katy PerryBuy
  • Excuse Me Mr. -- Ben HarperBuy
  • End of the Line -- Daft PunkBuy

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