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Consumer 101 Season 2 Episodes

Season 2 Episode Guide

26 Episodes 2019 -

Episode 1

Sweet Ride

Sat, Oct 5, 2019 30 mins

Looking into how online ads target consumers; Testing a tire's slip and grip.

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Episode 2

Smart Summer

Thu, Oct 10, 2019 30 mins

How to protect one's privacy when using a smart speaker; clean a grill; and pack a carry-on like a pro.

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Episode 3

Out of the Box

Thu, Oct 17, 2019 30 mins

How to minimize robocalls. Also: online mattress shopping; and the best way to keep kitchen appliances in tip-top shape.

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Episode 4

American Suds Warrior

Thu, Oct 24, 2019 30 mins

How to protect online accounts by using a password manager; and how tough gadgets really are. Also: host Jack Rico faces off against two teens to see who can get their dirty car the cleanest in five minutes.

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Episode 5

Permission to Scoot

Thu, Oct 31, 2019 30 mins

Jack Rico climbs aboard the newest advancement in micro-mobility: shared-ride scooters.

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Episode 6

Sound Check

Thu, Nov 7, 2019 30 mins

Host Jack Rico discovers Consumer Reports tire testing taking place in an unexpected location. And, we learn how to choose headphones that best fit our lifestyles. Then, learn how to get the most out of your

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Episode 7

Law and Order

Thu, Nov 14, 2019 30 mins

When a neighbor is spotted with a suspiciously lush lawn, Detective Jack Rico investigates and turns up dozens of tips on how to get the most out of his own yard. Then, two teens get behind the wheel with a top driving instructor at the Consumer Reports Auto Test Center.

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Episode 8

Information Superhighway

Thu, Nov 21, 2019 30 mins

Jack Rico goes on a long road trip and learns how to make the ride easier for both him and his car. Then, find out how to rid the home of nasty allergens.

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Episode 9

Digital Traps

Thu, Jan 16, 2020 30 mins

In the debut episode of fictional game show "That Sounds Shady," our host, Jack Rico, guesses which scenarios sound like online privacy traps. And if you don't know the difference between all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, we dive into drivetrains at the Consumer Reports Auto Test Center to learn what's powering your wheels. Then, we explore some smooth sounds in the speaker testing lab.

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Episode 10

Super Charged

Thu, Jan 23, 2020 30 mins

Host Jack Rico gets a blast from the past and a peek at the future of electric vehicles at the Consumer Reports Auto Test Center. And in a trip to the kitchen, we discover what it takes to be a Super Snacker. Then, find out how snowblowers are tested year-round, and which one is the right one to clear your driveway.

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Episode 11

How to Protect Deer and Passwords

Thu, Jan 30, 2020 30 mins

How to avoid hitting a deer while driving; and how a password manager help with the privacy of your passwords,

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Episode 12

Under Pressure

Thu, Feb 6, 2020 30 mins

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Episode 13

Take Care

Thu, Feb 13, 2020 30 mins

Get a behind-the-scenes look at a story meeting for Consumer 101 as producers pitch their best ideas to help our audience learn how to safeguard their digital privacy. Then, sampling raw dough could be harmful to you. A Consumer Reports expert shares some tips to keep you safe in the kitchen. And, discover how to steer clear of hydroplaning when driving in the rain.

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Episode 14

Tires, Ticks and Tips

Thu, Feb 20, 2020 30 mins

When a neighbor is spotted with a suspiciously lush lawn, it's a case for Detective Jack Rico, who investigates and turns up tips on how to get the most out of his own yard. Then, Jack discovers Consumer Reports tire testing taking place in an unexpected location. And, we learn how to protect our digital privacy by taking control of our smartphones' permissions. Plus, discover what you can do to keep ticks out of your yard.

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Episode 15

Precious Cargo

Thu, Feb 27, 2020 30 mins

Host Jack Rico gets a firsthand look at how car seats are tested for safety and learns how to install a car seat with some expert advice. And, while on vacation at a lake house, Jack discovers the benefits of a DIY home security system. Then, the clock is ticking as Jack and a Consumer Reports expert enter a game show and race to become healthier in a snap.

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Episode 16

If Cars Could Talk

Thu, Apr 2, 2020 30 mins

Jack Rico partners with an auto consumer report specialist to experience car testing methods.

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Episode 17

Tow Away

Thu, Apr 9, 2020 30 mins

Host Jack Rico discovers the ins and outs of towing boats, trailers and more as he prepares for a day on the water. Then Jack is joined by teenaged Olivia for a test drive of strollers! And, with the help of a Consumer Reports expert, Jack learns all about choosing the right mattress to help get a good night's sleep.

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Episode 18

Wifi, Art Thou Safe ?

Thu, Apr 16, 2020 30 mins

A Consumer Reports expert shares some tips with host Jack Rico on staying safe while using public WiFi. Find out how roofing materials are tested and discover what you can do to keep your roof in pristine condition. Then, Jack gets a firsthand look at how to keep his house powered up during a blackout.

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Episode 19

Robot Invasion

Thu, Apr 23, 2020 30 mins

Host Jack Rico learns how to buy a used car from a Consumer Reports expert, but the dealer has him doing double takes. Jack tracks a runaway robot to the robot vacuum lab where he discovers how testers put these little suckers through their paces. Then, Jack prepares a game day meal for his friends but finds out his food prep technique could use a little coaching.

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Episode 20

Electric Past in Cambodia

Thu, Apr 30, 2020 30 mins

Host Jack Rico gets a blast from the past and a peek at the future of electric vehicles at the Consumer Reports Auto Test Center. Find out how to rid your home of nasty allergens.Get a behind-the-scenes look at a story meeting for Consumer 101 as producers pitch their best ideas to help our audience learn how to safeguard their digital privacy.

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Episode 21

Zero MPH Car Test

Thu, May 7, 2020 30 mins

Host Jack Rico discovers how to find the right car for you without driving it off the lot. Plus, helpful tips are everywhere at Consumer Reports - even outside on their hiking trail. Follow along with Jack as he discovers how to protect himself against mosquitos, when to use sunscreen and how to take a better picture outside. Then, Jack explores the pros and cons of smart doorbells.

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Episode 22

Follow the Beat

Thu, May 14, 2020 30 mins

You love your trusty family car, so show it some TLC and give the inside a thorough cleaning with these expert tips. Then, host Jack Rico seeks some relief from the heat in the Consumer Reports air conditioner lab and learns how they test ACs in search of the best one for every home. And, with the help of a high school marching band, we get a fascinating a look at what happens to sound in an "anechoic chamber," a room with no echo.

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Episode 23

Canceling Noise and the Secrets of Safe Riding

Thu, May 21, 2020 30 mins

Host Jack Rico discovers the ins and outs of safely sharing the road whether you're driving a car or riding a bike. Then, check out an anechoic chamber a room with no echo where Consumer Reports experts test the latest and greatest in noise cancelling headphone technology. Plus, learn how you can protect your home from an unfortunate disaster: a burst pipe.

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Episode 24

Hot Car Stories - True or False

Thu, May 28, 2020 30 mins

Host Jack Rico puts some hot car stories to the test with a Consumer Reports expert and finds out about the dangers of leaving children and pets unattended in the backseat. Then, a cookware tester shows us just how important pots and pans can be when you want to make a great meal. Also, Jack learns how to prepare your air conditioner for summer heat, and he discovers how to keep gym clothes smelling fresh and clean.

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Episode 25

Talking to the Future

Thu, Jun 4, 2020 30 mins

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Episode 26

Conquering the Used Car Purchase

Thu, Jun 11, 2020 30 mins

Today, we flip over to Simone Biles, whose meteoric rise took the world by storm. Plus, swimmer Katie Ledecky gives us an inside glimpse on life at the top of the podium. Then, we'll hit the hardwood with basketball legend Sue Bird to get insight on her success outside of the WNBA. Plus, we go inside the ropes of the Special Olympics golf program to see how it creates memories, but more importantly, how it creates leaders.

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