Mar 18, 2016

Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, March 18, 2016

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Airing on Friday, March 18, 2016: On today's show, we'll talk about trade relations between U.S. and Cuba; a new academic study that shows that racial and ethnic minorities who "whiten up" their resumes increase their chances of a callback for a job interview; and how one Alabama resident is coping with financial anxiety.

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Oil price slump has chilling effect on North Dakota

Mar 18, 2016
With drilling rig counts down 80 percent, the Bakken's economy suffers.
North Dakota has experienced a huge drop in the number of active drilling rigs over the past several years.
Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Cuba trade opportunities expand, but obstacles remain

Mar 18, 2016
As President Obama prepares to visit the island, businesses prepare to trade there.
Cuban and U.S. flags are seen outside a restaurant in Havana, Cuba on Thursday. 
YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images

The financial anxiety of living on a fixed income

Mar 18, 2016
One Alabama resident who had just $10 left over after paying bills shares her story.
Betty Moncrief stands at the grave of her mother.
Nancy Marshall-Genzer/Marketplace

The mid-season ratings slump

Mar 18, 2016
Network TV shows are back from mid-season breaks, but their audiences aren't.
Coming back after a hiatus during its current season, "Scandal" saw a 15 percent drop-off in same-day viewership. 
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A mid-season decline

Mar 18, 2016
Interest rates, mergers, and television hiatuses.

Airing on Friday, March 18, 2016: On today’s show, we’ll talk about trade relations between U.S. and Cuba; a new academic study that shows that racial and ethnic minorities who “whiten up” their resumes increase their chances of a callback for a job interview; and how one Alabama resident is coping with financial anxiety.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC