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PODCAST: Super Bowl tickets at deep discount and a U.S. technology now in Chinese hands

Members of the San Francisco 49ers answers questions from the media at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The San Francisco 49ers will take on the Baltimore Ravens on February 3, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Beijing residents wearing masks walk through fog as severe pollution continues to affect the capital on January 29, 2013. The Chinese government has introduced massive subsidies for electric cars in an effort to combat the problem as auto parts maker Wanxiang purchases a U.S. battery maker.

You can get a cheap ticket to see the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers play in Sunday's Super Bowl. Okay, relatively cheap. It'll still be far above face value and at least a grand, unless you're very lucky. But prices are down from last year, substantially.

A controversial Chinese acquisition of an American company is going through, despite objections to putting U.S. technology in Chinese hands. China's largest auto parts maker is now cleared to buy A123 Systems, a U.S. battery maker. The result might be a huge loss of jobs in America.

And it's international quiz time! According to figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau in November, nearly 50 million Americans live in poverty. But what does living in poverty in the United States look like compared to the rest of the world?

Also in the news: The Justice Department is suing to stop Anheuser-Busch InBev from buying out Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo. The government says the deal would hurt consumers by reducing competition. And President Obama's jobs council is fired. The White House says today it's disbanding the group of CEOs tapped for advice on boosting hiring. The panel had its critics. Some said too many of its CEOs had shipped jobs overseas. Others just said it was a waste of time. The administration now says it's looking for new ways to engage with business on job creation.

About the author

Mark Garrison is a reporter for Marketplace and substitute host for the Marketplace Morning Report, based in New York.

Beijing residents wearing masks walk through fog as severe pollution continues to affect the capital on January 29, 2013. The Chinese government has introduced massive subsidies for electric cars in an effort to combat the problem as auto parts maker Wanxiang purchases a U.S. battery maker.

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