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With the help of experts and scientists from the Consumer Reports labs and testing facilities, host Jack Rico explores the surprisingly intricate science used to test every kind of product -- from the obscure to the fascinating to the everyday. Aimed at giving teens the tools they need to make smarter choices as consumers, exploring the how, where, when and why people spend their resources, episodes feature more efficient ways to get the most out of everyday items and provide a glimpse into unique career paths in the fields of science and technology.

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Technicians turn up the heat on barbecues in the test lab; Jack shares money-saving strategies for credit card owners; how to fold fitted sheets so they fit in your linen closet.
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Jack struggles to keep up with Johnnie; a device used to test treadmills; getting a look inside the mind of a top scientist by asking him to perform a simple task: clean a kitchen; useful tips for buying a car.
aired 18 days ago
With the help of experts and scientists from the Consumer Reports labs and testing facilities, host Jack Rico explores the surprisingly intricate science used to test every kind of product -- from the obscure to the fascinating to the everyday. Aimed at giving teens the tools they need to make smarter choices as consumers, exploring the how, where, when and why people spend their resources, episodes feature more efficient ways to get the most out of everyday items and provide a glimpse into unique career paths in the fields of science and technology.
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Jack gets behind the wheel with a top car tester at the Consumer Reports test track; testing door locks for strength and protection; tips for transforming an economy air travel experience into a journey fit for royalty.
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Host Jack Rico shows you how to keep your cool when hydroplaning, how to organize your fridge to save money and waste less food, and how to stay safe using peer-to-peer payment apps.
aired 39 days ago
With the help of experts and scientists from the Consumer Reports labs and testing facilities, host Jack Rico explores the surprisingly intricate science used to test every kind of product -- from the obscure to the fascinating to the everyday. Aimed at giving teens the tools they need to make smarter choices as consumers, exploring the how, where, when and why people spend their resources, episodes feature more efficient ways to get the most out of everyday items and provide a glimpse into unique career paths in the fields of science and technology.
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The fascinating technology behind the cars of the future; an unusual challenge involving a kitchen appliance; shopping with a top scientist.
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How to choose the right bike helmet; how to protect a wireless router from hackers; a teen driver gets a lesson from a top expert.
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When a neighbor is spotted with a suspiciously lush lawn, Jack Rico uncovers dozens of tips on how to get the most out of his own yard; two teens drive with a top instructor at the Consumer Reports Auto Test Center; how to keep Wi-Fi routers secure.
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Jack Rico discovers Consumer Reports tire testing taking place in an unexpected location; how to choose headphones; how to get the most out of vacuums.
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Jack Rico climbs aboard the newest advancement in micro-mobility: shared-ride scooters; Consumer Reports experts share how to protect digital privacy by taking control of smartphone permissions; modern car safety features at the Auto Test Center.
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A Consumer Reports expert shares how to protect online accounts by using a password manager; Jack Rico faces off against two teens to see who can get their dirty car the cleanest in five minutes; secrets behind making a healthy, delicious smoothie.
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Jack Rico learns easy steps to help minimize pesky robocalls; a Consumer Reports expert shares a deep dive into the world of online mattress shopping; how to keep kitchen appliances in tip-top shape.
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Jack Rico learns about data smart speakers are collecting and how to protect his privacy while using them; a Consumer Reports expert shares how to keep summer cookouts safe by keeping the grill clean; how to pack a carry-on suitcase like a pro.
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Jack Rico discovers how online ads are aimed at consumers and shares simple steps to avoid being targeted; Consumer Reports experts test a tire's slip and grip on wet pavement; Jack uncovers hidden breakfast sugar.
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Jack Rico shines some light on how Consumer Reports experts test a car's headlights; testers scientifically measure noise levels of a whole range of everyday appliances to help consumers make sound choices; how to protect against bed bugs.
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Jack Rico learns how much user information smart TVs gather; Consumer Reports experts teach Jack all about modern car safety features; Jack learns the secrets to making a delicious and healthy smoothie.
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Gadgets such as smart watches are tested to verify their accuracy; a Consumer Reports expert helps navigate the world of hybrid, electric and other eco-friendly vehicles; Jack Rico gets his groove on in the speaker testing lab.
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Jack Rico plays a simple game to help create more complex passwords; Jack explores what the warning lights on a car's dashboard actually mean; a consumer reports expert shares what to do about hidden fees.
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Jack Rico learns about the resurgence of TV antennas and why some consumers are tuning in with this retro-tech; a Consumer Reports expert helps Jack with his air-travel anxiety; the importance of pot and pan choice in making a great meal.
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A high school marching band provides a fascinating look at what happens to sound in an anechoic chamber, a room with no echo; Jack Rico discovers how much added sugar lurks in his breakfast, and he learns that bike helmets expire.

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