Marketplace for Friday, March 30, 2012

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In the last installment of "Robots Ate My Job," special correspondent David Brancaccio tells us what we need to do in order to promote jobs through technology and avoid violating Asimov's First Law of Robotics: robots must never, under any circumstances, harm humans. The Canadian government has decided to get rid of its penny. An oversupply of natural gas has substantially pushed prices down, altering the United States energy landscape. And we hear why the states matter in tonight's big lottery jackpot drawing.

Mega Millions brings windfall to states, too

The states collect income tax on record lottery.
Posted In: lottery

Letters: Robots and the Boomerang Generation

Going over listeners' responses to past broadcasts. This week: Our series Robots Ate My Job, whether the Boomerang Generation is hurting the economy, and the Lorax.
Posted In: letters

Canadians are killing off their penny

Canadians don't even bother to pick pennies up off the street anymore.
Posted In: Canada, coins, penny

Natural gas prices hit 10-year lows

The changing natural gas market is forcing big changes to the U.S. economy.
Posted In: natural gas

Robots and people can all get along

When technology is married with high-skilled jobs, the result can fundamentally change things for the better.
Posted In: robots, technology

Small talk: Bacon coffin, Beatles Wheelchair, Siri sued

The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: a bacon-y coffin, what The Beatles have to do with wheelchairs, and is Siri worried about getting sued?
Posted In: bacon, The Beatles, siri

Weekly Wrap: Consumer spending, Spain

Reviewing the week's headlines on Wall Street and beyond. This week: Consumer consumption numbers are up again, and what's going on in Europe.
Posted In: Weekly Wrap

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Tubthumping (Album Version)
Chumbawamba
Vacation
The Go-Go's
Gotta Be Something
D-Tension
Friday On My Mind
The Easybeats

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