Of Consuming Interest

Of Consuming Interest is a weekly show examining the most important consumer issues today.


Latest Podcasts / Episodes

  • Host Shirley Rooker talks to Bruce McClary of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, who discusses special hardship programs for people in debt, the scams that are surfacing and the protections for people who are…
    May 23, 2022
  • Kristi Thompson, Federal Communications Commission, discusses robocalls, where they originate, public and private sector Initiatives, and how consumers can fight back.
    May 22, 2022
  • Shirley Rooker talks with John Breyault, National Consumers League, about ways to protect against malware and ransomware as well as how COVID scams are evolving. He also discusses the scams involving gold and silver.
    May 14, 2022
  • Host Shirley Rooker talks with Kevin Brasler of Checkbook Magazine, who discusses the difficulties facing homeowners trying to remodel their homes, including shortages of supplies and workers. He also talks about the importance of finding…
    May 7, 2022
  • Host Shirley Rooker speaks with Mark Jamison of the American Enterprise Institute, who discusses the reasons government regulation of what we see on social media is a threat to democracy.
    May 1, 2022
  • Host Shirley Rooker speaks with Ryan Young of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, who discusses the causes of inflation, how it differs from supply shock, steps the Fed can take to control inflation and the outlook…
    April 23, 2022
  • Host Shirley Rooker speaks with Angela Logomasini, a senior fellow with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, who explains how plastics help improve environmental quality and preserve habitat for wildlife. She discusses a recent study that found…
    April 16, 2022
  • Host Shirley Rooker speaks with Jill Gonzales, senior analyst with WalletHub, who reveals the best frequent flyer programs just in time for the busy summer travel season. The study describes the programs and how the…
    April 9, 2022
  • Host Shirley Rooker speaks with Ryan Young of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, who discusses the 1.1 million federal regulations, the need for sunset laws and the cost to business as well as consumers.
    April 2, 2022
  • Host Shirley Rooker talks to Ben Lieberman of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, who describes the problems associated with the push for electric cars, which will result in an increased demand for electricity and problems with…
    March 26, 2022
  • Shirley Rooker speaks with Tom Gordon, executive director of Responsive Law, who discusses ways the legal system can help provide better access to consumers as well as some of the reforms that are being instituted…
    March 19, 2022
  • Host Shirley Rooker talks to John Berlau. The author of “George Washington, Entrepreneur” explores the greatness and intellect of Washington and his ventures into whiskey making and mule breeding as well as his vision about…
    March 12, 2022
  • Shirley Rooker speaks with Barbara Kelley, executive director of the Hearing Loss Association of America, who discusses the signs of hearing loss, the causes and the many ways to find help as well as the…
    March 5, 2022
  • Host Shirley Rooker speaks with Jill Robin Payne, a psychotherapist, who discusses how the use of electronic devices and the isolation from COVID has affected our ability to connect with others and offers techniques to…
    February 26, 2022