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with Kai Ryssdal

Marketplace for Thursday, April 5, 2012

Amid the recent controversies surrounding Foxconn in China, Shanghai correspondent Rob Schmitz offers a peek into his recent visit into the factories. President Obama signed the JOBS Act today. The government says it's a way to promote employment by small businesses, but many say the bill opens the door for potential corruption. Discovery re-brands its Planet Green network as Destination America, another sign that green TV is failing to catch on with viewers and advertisers. And with Passover this weekend, there's a battle brewing between American and Israeli-made matzo.

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Workers assemble iPads at a Foxconn factory: Marketplace's Rob Schmitz is one of the few reporters to gain access into a Foxconn factory. He discusses what working conditions were like for the workers there.
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According to Gallup's latest polls, Oklahoma City sits at the top of the list of cities that are hiring.
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A young Orthodox Jewish boy inspects a matzo, the unleavened bread which will be eaten during the upcoming Jewish holiday of Pesach (Passover), at a bakery in the central Israeli town of Kfar Habad. American supermarkets have been choosing Israeli-made matzo over American-made brands thanks to lower labor costs.
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People walk in front of the New York Stock Exchange on March 15, 2012 in New York City.
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