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PODCAST: Foxconn workers get a raise, Quaker Oats gets a makeover

Mar 30, 2012
The company that makes Apple products in China, Foxconn, is pledging to improve working conditions at its factories, saying it'll hike pay and limit work hours after an investigation found the firm was regularly violating labor rules. Here in this country, many jobs are being replaced by machines, and Economy 4.0's David Brancaccio is currently driving 3,200 miles across the country without interacting with humans. The amount of outstanding student loan debt in this country has reached $1 trillion, and Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois is trying to address this issue at the federal level. And the Master's tournament tees off next week at the exclusive Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.

Bee population decline linked to common pesticide

Mar 30, 2012
Bee populations in the U.S. -- and even other parts of the world -- have been on the decline, which has many worried. Well, two new studies out might have figured out a reason why.
Posted In: bees, farming, USDA

PODCAST: Best Buy closes stores, Prada profits jump

Mar 29, 2012
Arguments for and against the legality of the Affordable Care Act wrapped up yesterday in the Supreme Court, and today, in our weekly Attitude Check, we look at how the average American feels about the law. The value of Mega Millions drawing has soared to a half-billion dollars. Lottery officials report strong sales in the 40-plus states that take part in the drawing, but if you go into a pool with co-workers, you might want to take a few precautions.

Digital music sales surpass CD and vinyl

Mar 29, 2012
Official music industry sales numbers for the year of 2011 are out this week, and for the first time, digital sales are taking up the majority of the market.
Posted In: Music, digital

PODCAST: Gas keeps rising, Annie's goes public

Mar 28, 2012
Research shows that over a quarter of the population isn't getting enough sleep, but what can be done? Research in Motion reports earnings tomorrow, and despite efforts to revamp the company and its BlackBerry product, the outlook is still grim. The health care debate continues into Day Three, and David Brancaccio continues his cross-country trip looking at robots that are stealing our jobs.

Magic Johnson invests in the L.A. Dodgers

Mar 28, 2012
The Dodgers have a new owner. The troubled franchise will be bought up by a group of investors, Magic Johnson among them.
Posted In: Sports, Magic Johnson, Dodgers, MLB

PODCAST: Southwest raises prices, consumer confidence falls

Mar 27, 2012
This week, we're looking at how new technology is changing the American workforce. The series is called "Robots Ate My Job," and David Brancaccio of our Economy 4.0 unit is driving across the country without interacting with a single human being. Today, a look at self-checkout at grocery stores. A couple of congressional panels will look at the military's push into alternative energy. And day two of the Supreme Court arguments surrounding the new health care law begins.

Celebrating Larry Stevenson, skateboard innovator

Mar 27, 2012
The father of what we know as the mass-produced skateboard passed away at age 81. How has the industry grown since he first began to churn out boards?
Posted In: skateboard, Sports, Retail

The unexpected winner of 'The Hunger Games'

Mar 26, 2012
Lionsgate had a very good weekend It's film, 'The Hunger Games,' took in $150 million dollars domestically over the weekend.
Posted In: Entertainment, movies, Utah

PODCAST: Ben Bernanke speaks, 'The Hunger Games' takes off

Mar 26, 2012
It's day one of Supreme Court arguments over President Barack Obama's health care reform law. Twenty-six states are challenging the law -- parts of which are already in place. Apollo Group, which owns the University of Phoenix, is expected to announce earnings today, and analysts aren't expecting big things. It's been 10 years since the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School opened a satellite campus in San Francisco. To mark the occasion, the business school has moved to a bigger -- and shinier -- facility.

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