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Mar 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.

Segments From this episode

Natural gas prices hit 10-year lows

Mar 30, 2012
The changing natural gas market is forcing big changes to the U.S. economy.

Small talk: Bacon coffin, Beatles Wheelchair, Siri sued

Mar 30, 2012
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?

Robots and people can all get along

Mar 30, 2012
When technology is married with high-skilled jobs, the result can fundamentally change things for the better.

Weekly Wrap: Consumer spending, Spain

Mar 30, 2012
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.

Letters: Robots and the Boomerang Generation

Mar 30, 2012
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.

Canadians are killing off their penny

Mar 30, 2012
Canadians don't even bother to pick pennies up off the street anymore.

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.

Music from the episode

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