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Apr 5, 2012

Marketplace for Thursday, April 5, 2012

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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.

Segments From this episode

JOBS Act loosens regulations

Apr 5, 2012
President Obama signed the JOBS Act today, but the law poses some questions about investor protection.

M.B.A. programs gear up for green

Apr 5, 2012
Major companies increasingly want M.B.A.s to help them make financial, environmental and social gains.

Stores target matzo in Passover price war

Apr 5, 2012
Supermarkets regularly take losses on matzo sales to bring in Passover shoppers, and often turn to cheaper Israeli manufacturers to minimize those losses. While American matzo producers are hurting, shoppers don't seem to mind where their matzo came from.

Discovery discovers green programming doesn't sell

Apr 5, 2012
Discovery Communications will replace Planet Green cable channel with programs about travel and food.

Bankers jump on Super PAC bandwagon

Apr 5, 2012
Friends of Traditional Banking wants to target a few close Congressional elections rather than spreading their money around to a lot of politicians hoping they'll vote in their interests.

High gas prices hurt station owners too

Apr 5, 2012
Widely fluctuating gasoline prices is just one indication that high gas prices are as a much a problem for independent station owners as they are for consumers.

A look inside a Foxconn factory

Apr 5, 2012
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.

Which cities have the most jobs?

Apr 5, 2012
According to Gallup's latest polls, Oklahoma City sits at the top of the list of cities that are hiring. A number of California cities round out the bottom of the list.

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.

Music from the episode

(Don't Let Them) Cool Off Peter Bjorn and John
Bess St. White Denim