Of Consuming Interest is a weekly show examining the most important consumer issues today.
Know before you go: travel insurance in a pandemic
Host Shirley Rooker talks with Mike McCartin about travel insurance. For example, some travel insurance policies have COVID clauses and won’t pay if the trip is canceled because of the pandemic. He also discusses medical evacuation and other types of health insurance issues when travelling.
Recalled but not repaired
Host Shirley Rooker talks to Kevin Brasler, editor of Consumer’s Checkbook, who describes a recent study on used cars that have been recalled due to serious defects. Many of them have not been repaired. In fact, it is estimated that over 50 million vehicles have not had their problems resolved.
COVID scams go viral
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.
The downside to electric cars
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 recycling the batteries which contain highly dangerous materials.
Waving the red flag about a green future
Shirley Rooker speaks with Richard W. Rahn of the Institute for Global Economic Growth, who describes the economic impact on Europe of efforts to go green, including blackouts, gas and food shortages and increasing unemployment and poverty. Will the same thing happen to the United States?
The end of the year is a good time to begin your financial planning
Host Shirley Rooker speaks with Bobby Bhatia of Doyle, Schultz and Bhatia, who discusses changes to tax laws including the significant increase in standard deductions and what it means for taxpayers.