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with Kai Ryssdal

Marketplace for Thursday, January 24, 2013

President Obama made nominations for the heads of the SEC and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today -- how will this affect consumers? Now that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta wants to end the ban of women in combat, we compare women in combat to women on the corporate ladder. Queena Kim reports on how mobile devices have led to the death of personal computer. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick could be the latest sports star using trademarks to score big bucks. Chris Nassetta, the CEO of Hilton Worldwide, talks about solving youth unemployment worldwide. And on the Street of Eternal Happiness, Rob Schmitz reports on China’s 30-somethings and the 'sandwich generation.'

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31 year-old Chen Kai, photographed at the sandwich shop "2nd Floor" on The Street of Eternal Happiness. Chen established the shop with a friend after quitting a job as assembly line manager at a state-owned factory that made accordions. Chen belongs to China's 'sandwich generation,' who carry the burden of caring for their children as well as their parents. The pressure often gets in the way of their dreams.
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