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with Kai Ryssdal

Marketplace for Monday, October 1, 2012

Macy's has recently announced plans to hire on about 80,000 seasonal workers to staff its stores and call centers in the 2012 Holiday season. Does this mark the economy's very-merriest Christmas since the Recession? Also, political ads and the ones that sell you corn chips finally collide: Tostitos, USA Today, 7-11, Boston Market are all using the election to sell you stuff. We take a look at what that means for consumers (and voters). Plus, Marketplace's Rob Schmitz begins his series on China's migrant workers at the site of the recent Foxconn riot, and Adrienne Hill asks whether the explosion of a Japanese chemical plant is poised to cause the Great Global Diaper Shortage of 2012.  

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