Marketplace Morning Report®

with David Brancaccio

Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, March 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. It's tradition that CEOs of major tournaments sponsors are invited to join the all-male club.

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A large box of Quaker Oats is displayed in a first-floor lobby window at Quaker''s headquarters in Chicago. Soon, the brand will get a facelift.
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Students listen in at a a crowded lecture. Now some community colleges may start charging more for more popular classes.
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Canadian fans celebrate in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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A close-up of a green jacket during practice for The Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.
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Senate Democratic Whip Richard Durbin speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol November 1, 2011 in Washington, D.C. He says the next big credit bubble in this country will come from student loans.
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A woman walks by a sign showing a euro coin at a bank branch in Athens, on January 31, 2012.
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Marketplace Morning Report®, hosted by David Brancaccio, kicks your weekday off right. Now a regular segment on NPR’s Morning Edition®, it’s a dash of news to go with that first cup of coffee. Get a global perspective on what’s making the business news headlines, airing up to five times each morning.