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Marketplace for Thursday, March 29, 2012

Kai Ryssdal interviews the head of the fair-labor group that issued a critical report today on working conditions at Apple contractors in China. In Marketplace's weekly interview with Gallup's editor in chief, Kai talks to Frank Newport about what Americans think about the health care law. President Obama's proposal to end tax subsidies for oil companies went nowhere, but what if one day it does? Two British students are paying off their debts by selling advertising on their faces. And in the latest installment of Robots Ate My Job, special correspondent David Brancaccio explores what would happen if robots took over speaking and reporting.

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As more shoppers move online, Best Buy has been caught with too many stores and not enough customers. So, the chain will close a slew of its big box stores and open many smaller ones.
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Sustainability

If the oil subsidies went away

An oil refinery blow off stack in Texas City, Texas. The defeat of a U.S. Senate bill to end oil company subsidies leads us to wonder: What would actually happen if subsidies ended?
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Economy
People participate in a protest on the second day of oral arguments for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building on March 27, 2012 in Washington, D.C. According to Gallup, a majority of Americans don't anticipate many positive changes to come with the Affordable Care Act. Support for health care reform roughly tracks the same numbers as President Obama's approval ratings.
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