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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 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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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.
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Ridding microscopic pollutants from the air; Jack helps out in a laboratory that tests vacuum cleaners; self-repairing a smartphone screen.
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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.