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Consumer 101 Season 1 Episodes

Season 1 Episode Guide

26 Episodes 2018 - 2019

Episode 1

Protect Yourself

Sat, Oct 6, 2018 30 mins

In the premiere, host Jack Rico shows you how to choose the right bike helmet and how to protect your wireless router from hackers. Also: A teen driver gets a lesson from a top expert.

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Episode 2

Fully Loaded

Sat, Oct 13, 2018 30 mins

Host Jack Rico delves into the fascinating technology behind the cars of the future, participates in an unusual challenge involving a kitchen appliance, and we go shopping with the help of a top scientist.

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Episode 3

On Air

Sat, Oct 20, 2018 30 mins

Host Jack Rico is on a mission to rid microscopic pollutants from the air in homes; he helps out in a laboratory that tests vacuum cleaners; and finds out whether it's worth trying to repair a smartphone screen one's self.

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Episode 4

Buckle Up

Sat, Oct 27, 2018 30 mins

Host Jack Rico shows how to keep cool if one hydroplanes; how to organize a fridge to save money and waste less food; and how to stay safe using peer-to-peer payment apps.

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Episode 5

First Class

Wed, Oct 31, 2018 30 mins

Host Jack Rico heads to the Consumer Reports auto test track to get behind the wheel with a top car tester at his side to learn how to drive like a pro. Then he meets the test teams who subject door locks to all sorts of abuse to see how strong they are and whether they truly protect a home from would-be burglars.

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Episode 6

High Noon

Wed, Nov 7, 2018 30 mins

It's high noon in the test lab as host Jack Rico faces off with a Consumer Reports expert in a power drill challenge. And, many people love to grill but cleaning it afterwards can be a chore so Jack brushes up on his grill cleaning techniques. Then, 4K, HDR, LED: modern TVs seem to have a language all of their own.

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Episode 7

Tread Carefully

Wed, Nov 14, 2018 30 mins

It's a workout like no other as host Jack Rico struggles to keep up with "Johnnie," an automated device used to test treadmills. Then, a top scientist is asked to perform a simple task: clean a kitchen. Also: useful tips to help you arrive at the right decision when buying a car.

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Episode 8

Right Fit

Wed, Nov 21, 2018 30 mins

Host Jack Rico helps Consumer Reports technicians turn up the heat on barbecues in the test lab to see how well they cook and how strong they are. Then, credit card ownership can be full of pitfalls so Jack learns some money-saving strategies from an expert.

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Episode 9

Power Up

Sat, Jan 19, 2019 30 mins

Host Jack Rico learns how to drive off road with the help of a top Consumer Reports expert. Also: useful tips to keep a phone charged up while on the go; and the best way to organize a yard sale.

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Episode 10

Leading The March

Sat, Jan 26, 2019 30 mins

What happens to sound in an anechoic chamber, a room with no echo. Then, host Jack Rico learns all about modern car safety features with the help of Consumer Reports experts. And Jack finds out the dos and don'ts of preparing a meal safely.

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Episode 11

Sensing Danger

Sat, Feb 2, 2019 30 mins

What to do when hydroplaning on a wet road. Also: protecting a Wi Fi router from hackers; and grocery shopping with a scientist.

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Episode 12

Be Smart

Sat, Feb 9, 2019 30 mins

An examination of information that smart TVs gather about consumers; teams that evaluate sunscreen to keep consumers safe from the harmful effects of the sun; and the safest and most effective way to pack a car for a trip.

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Episode 13

Rico & Rico

Sat, Feb 16, 2019 30 mins

Host Jack Rico learns the correct way to paint a wall from a Consumer Reports expert with a similar name. Then, we take to the skies as Jack learns all about drones. And we look at the science behind fuel economy testing.

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Episode 14

Rest Assured

Sat, Feb 23, 2019 30 mins

Host Jack Rico digs deep into how to find the right snow blower to clear a driveway. Then, whether there is a safe way to use a cellphone while driving; and how to choose the right mattress.

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Episode 15

Way Ahead

Sat, Mar 2, 2019 30 mins

Host Jack Rico heads to the Consumer Reports auto test track to learn from a top car tester how to drive like a pro. Then, some top tips on how to stay safe when using a peer-to-peer payment app. And a look inside the mind of a top scientist by asking him to perform a simple task: clean a kitchen.

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Episode 16

Safety First

Sat, Apr 6, 2019 30 mins

Experts and scientists share behind-the-scenes looks into the science of product testing.

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Episode 17

Sweet Success

Sun, Apr 7, 2019 30 mins

Jack Rico discovers how much added sugar could be lurking in his breakfast. Then, we discover how to build a stronger password to prevent would be hackers from accessing our private data. And a first car is an exciting prospect for a teen but worrying for a parent.

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Episode 18

Lights Out

Thu, Apr 18, 2019 30 mins

How to keep a house powered up during a blackout. Also: a man who put a million miles on his car; tips to help get more miles out of one's car; and the secrets behind making a delicious and healthy smoothie.

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Episode 19

Get Connected

Thu, Apr 25, 2019 30 mins

How to safely anchor furniture to prevent it from tipping over and injuring a child. Then, a Consumer Reports expert shows how to protect one's self from mosquitoes and ticks. And, fed up with a slow Internet connection, Jack searches for a better Wi Fi connection.

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Episode 20

Smart Choices

Sat, May 4, 2019 30 mins

The pros and cons of smart doorbells; how to become healthier in a snap; and how to clean a computer.

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Episode 21

High Note

Sat, May 11, 2019 30 mins

A high-school marching band helps provide a look at what happens to sound in an "anechoic chamber" (a room with no echo). Then, it's an eye-opening wake-up call as host Jack Rico discovers how much added sugar could be lurking in his breakfast.

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Episode 22

Air Support

Sat, May 18, 2019 30 mins

Host Jack Rico learns about the resurgence of TV antennas, and why some consumers are tuning in with this retro tech. Then, Jack gets some help with his air travel anxiety from a Consumer Reports expert. Plus, a cookware tester shows how important one's choice of pots and pans is if one want to make a great meal.

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Episode 23

Sign Language

Sat, Jun 29, 2019 30 mins

Host Jack Rico plays a simple game to help create more complex passwords. Also: the meaning of a car's dashboard warning lights; and what to do about hidden fees with the help of a Consumer Reports expert.

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Episode 24

Gadgets Galore

Sat, Jun 22, 2019 30 mins

Smart watches get tested for accuracy; getting to know more about hybrid and eco-friendly vehicles; and more.

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Episode 25

Smooth Ride

Thu, Jul 11, 2019 30 mins

How smart TVs take user information; modern car safety features; and how to make a delicious smoothie with a lot of health benefits.

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Episode 26

Bright Lights

Thu, Jul 11, 2019 30 mins

Jack Rico shines some light on how Consumer Reports experts test a car's headlights; testers scientifically measure noise levels of appliances; how to protect against bed bugs.

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