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Mar 29, 2012

Marketplace for Thursday, March 29, 2012

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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…

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Americans split in opinion on health care

Mar 29, 2012
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.

Best Buy puts the lid on big boxes

Mar 29, 2012
As more shoppers move online, the chain has been caught with too many stores and not enough customers. So, Best Buy will close a slew of its big box stores and open many smaller ones.

FLA's Foxconn report uncovers labor violations

Mar 29, 2012
Auret van Heerden, president of the Fair Labor Association, discusses working conditions at Foxconn's factories and the fixes that Apple and Foxconn are promising.

Robots get personal

Mar 29, 2012
Even creative work -- like journalism -- is up for robotization.

Indebted students see their face as their fortune

Mar 29, 2012
Two British students have found a novel way to pay off their student debt: offering their faces for corporate advertising on the Internet.

Paul Ryan budget plan dead in the Senate

Mar 29, 2012
The GOP casts itself as the party of fiscal discipline. The Paul Ryan budget blueprint does not close deficits until around 2040.

If the oil subsidies went away

Mar 29, 2012
The defeat of a U.S. Senate bill to end oil company subsidies leads us to wonder: What would actually happen if subsidies ended?

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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