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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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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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Jack Rico explores the pros and cons of smart doorbells; the clock is ticking as Jack and a Consumer Reports expert race to discover how to become healthier in a snap; top tips on how to clean a computer.
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Jack Rico learns how to safely anchor furniture to prevent it from tipping over and injuring a child and searches for a better Wi-Fi connection; a Consumer Reports expert demonstrates mosquito and tick protection.
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Jack Rico learns how to keep his house powered up during a blackout and the secrets behind making a delicious, healthy smoothie; a Consumer Reports expert shares some tips to help get more miles out of your car.
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Jack Rico discovers how much added sugar might be lurking in his breakfast; learns how to build a strong password to deter would-be hackers from accessing private data; and a Consumer Reports expert offers invaluable tips on a teen's first car.
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Jack Rico meets the Consumer Reports team that tests how well cars handle sudden swerves; visits a gadget durability lab, where testers scratch, drop and dunk devices; and offers advice on how to protect your home from burglars while on vacation.
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Jack Rico heads to the track to learn how to drive like a pro; peer-to-peer payment app tips; a fascinating look inside the mind of a top scientist performing a simple task -- cleaning a kitchen.
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Jack Rico digs deep to find the right snow blower to clear a driveway; seeks a safe way to use a cellphone while driving; and with the help of a Consumer Reports expert, learns all about choosing the right mattress to help get a good night's sleep.
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Jack Rico learns the correct way to paint a wall from a consumer reports expert with a similar name; learns all about drones; and looks at the science behind fuel economy testing.
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Many consumers love their smart TVs without knowing how much information they gather; teams evaluate sunscreen to keep consumers safe; a Consumer Reports expert shows Jack Rico the safest and most effective way to pack a car for a trip.
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Jack Rico learns what to do when hydroplaning on a wet road; advice from a top Consumer Reports expert on how to protect Wi-Fi routers from hackers; taking a look inside the mind of a top scientist as he performs a simple task -- shopping.
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A high school marching band helps explain what happens to sound in an anechoic chamber, a room with no echo; Jack Rico learns about car safety with the help of Consumer Reports experts; plus the dos and don'ts of preparing a meal safely.
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Jack Rico learns how to drive off-road with the help of a top Consumer Reports expert; useful tips to keep phones charged up while on the go; the best way to organize a yard sale.
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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.
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Jack faces off with an expert in a power-drill challenge, brushes up on his grill cleaning techniques, and decodes television terminology.

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