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Candace Manriquez Wrenn

Director/producer

SHORT BIO

I direct and produce live broadcasts of “Marketplace Morning Report.” That means I deal with people and sound, and come game time, I make sure the show airs on time.

What was your first job?

My very first job was as a carhop at a Sonic Drive-Thru in Cedar Hill, Texas. I wore skates and everything.

What do you think is the hardest part of your job that no one knows?

From my experience, some people think that the “Morning Report” is recorded. It is NOT. As such, I am up at 1 a.m. to get the first American broadcast on air at 3:51 a.m. PST.

What advice do you wish someone had given you before you started this career?

Don't worry about attaining a fancy degree. Having passion and principles can take you far. (BTW, neither of my degrees are fancy).

Fill in the blank: Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you ______.

Breathing room. Whether you have millions in the bank or just enough to get by if a serious life event happens, money can give you such psychological peace.

 

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What's the definition of the "right" COVID-19 vaccine?

Dr. Larry Brilliant, an epidemiologist who helped eradicate smallpox, believes the right kind of COVID-19 vaccine must meet some minimum requirements, like ease of storage and use.
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A completely global vaccine program will stop the COVID-19 pandemic, epidemiologist says

Epidemiologist and CEO of Pandefense Advisory Larry Brilliant, who helped eradicate smallpox and polio, believes any vaccine program aimed at stopping COVID-19 must be distributed in every corner of the world.
"Unless we conquer it everywhere, we're not conquering it anywhere," Dr. Larry Brilliant says of COVID-19.
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The potential for global cooperation when it comes to COVID-19 vaccine distribution

CNN host Fareed Zakaria says cooperation is the only way "to actually solve this problem."
There's historical precedence for global cooperation to solve international crises, says CNN host Fareed Zakaria.
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Some of the most vulnerable to COVID say they won't get a vaccine

In part two of our interview, we discuss the level of trust that can be a factor in the vaccine distribution process.
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An iconic role shapes a generation of Black women

An interview with Erika Alexander, best known for her iconic role as Maxine Shaw in the '90s sitcom "Living Single."
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U.S. debt is hitting historic heights. How much of a problem is that?

The last time the deficit was this high, as a percentage of the total economy, was 1946.
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Trump administration moves to halt evictions through end of year

After the moratorium lifts on Dec. 31, tenants have to pay all the rent that's due.
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The Trump administration's guidance on the temporary payroll tax cut is addressed to companies, not individual employees,
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The RNC and DNC painted very different pictures of the U.S. economy

It was Trump's appeal to American prosperity versus Biden's "Build Back Better" plan.
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