Of Consuming Interest

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

Latest Podcasts / Episodes

  • Chairman Ajit Pai of the Federal Communications Commission discusses the funds dedicated to helping restore the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico communications networks, action taken against robocallers, initiatives against cramming and slamming, and efforts…
    June 29, 2018
  • Ted Frank of the Competitive Enterprise Institute Center for Class Action Fairness discusses how class action lawsuits sometimes benefit only the lawyers bringing the suit, not the damaged consumers. Actions taken by the center have…
    June 25, 2018
  • Kyle Burgess of Consumers’ Research discusses how counterfeit products and drugs endanger the lives of millions of consumers.
    June 17, 2018
  • Janet Bodnar, former editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, discusses the pros and cons of retirement and how to have a meaningful life after leaving your job.
    June 10, 2018
  • Owen Donley, with the Securities and Exchange Commission, discusses cryptocurrencies.
    May 27, 2018
  • Stacey Gray of the Future of Privacy Forum discusses the privacy and safety implications of electronic devices that use the internet such as personal assistants, smart TVs, children’s toys, baby monitors, etc.
    May 20, 2018
  • Maryam Cope, vice president of government affairs at the American Hotel and Lodging Association, discusses third-party hotel booking websites that may steal your money or even your identity.
    May 13, 2018
  • Jill Gonzalez of WalletHub.com discusses which credit cards are best to use for international travel. Choosing the right card can mean significant savings for consumers because some credit cards add 3% foreign transaction fees.
    May 6, 2018
  • Matt Schulz, senior analyst with creditcards.com, discusses the pros and cons of gas station credit cards. These cards charge an average interest rate of 23.61% which is nearly 7 percentage points higher than the national…
    April 29, 2018
  • Nat Wood, with the Federal Trade Commission, discusses actions taken by the agency to combat robo calls, grandparent scams, identity theft and a host of other frauds targeting consumers.
    April 22, 2018
  • Patrick Webre of the Federal Communications Commission discusses the agency’s initiatives to stop illegal robocalls.
    April 15, 2018
  • Marc Scribner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute discusses how automated vehicles will reduce the number of injuries and property damage caused by accidents.
    April 8, 2018
  • Michael Cannon, director of health policy studies for the Cato Institute, talks about the gag rule that places restrictions on discussing legal uses of drugs for off-label purposes, as well as a bill that would…
    March 25, 2018
  • John Berlau, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, discusses the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and how its regulations affect payday loans, which are used by over 12 million consumers each year.
    March 3, 2018