Consumer Protection

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How Air Bags Changed the Auto Industry

Monday, September 15, 2014

Every time you step into a car, you benefit from a product that was the subject of a long fight between car manufacturers and safety advocates: The air bag.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Knowing What Companies Know About You

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The data-brokering company Acxiom, which tracks the online behaviors of nearly 700 million people, has announced a new service that will reveal to people what the company knows about them. Financial Times reporter Emily Steel talks about online data tracking, and whether individuals have a right to know what data companies know about them.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

FTC to Investigate Data Brokers

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Federal Trade Commission is launching an investigation into how data companies track, sell and use information about consumers. Emily Steel, from the Financial Times, talks about the probe.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Legality of Gay 'Conversion Therapy'

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU, discusses the legal issues associated with gay 'conversion therapy' and various challenges to bans on this type of therapy.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Massive Madoff Payment

Friday, September 21, 2012

Bernard Madoff’s victims will receive $2.48 billion to help cover their losses, in checks ranging from $1,784 to $526.9 million that were mailed Wednesday to 1,230 of his former customers. Irving Picard, trustee in charge of liquidating Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities and David J. Sheehan, Picard's chief counsel, discuss the payments and the ongoing effort to recover money from Madoff's Ponzi scheme.

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It's A Free Country ®

Obama, Banks and Electability: Elizabeth Warren Knows Too Much

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Elizabeth Warren was a discomfort to the Obama administration. She was articulate, she was charismatic, and she articulated the message that I think a lot of Obama supporters had expected him to, and he didn’t.

-Suzanna Andrews , on the Brian Lehrer Show, Thursday.

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It's A Free Country ®

Did It Work? Dodd-Frank

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I don’t want to yell fire in a crowded movie theater, but... these firms are even too-bigGER-to-fail now.

Roben Farzad, senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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It's A Free Country ®

Warren Out as Head of Consumer Financial Protection Agency

Monday, July 18, 2011

The $64,000 question, so to speak, [is] exactly how effective it can be in changing the daily lives of Americans as it relates to finance.

Carter Dougherty, reporter for Bloomberg News, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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New Sunscreen Rules a Plus But More Could Be Done, Experts Say

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Experts are taking stock of long-awaited sunscreen rules approved by federal health officials this week that include tossing popular terms such as sunblock, waterproof and sweatproof from the sun proection lexicon.

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Consumer Affairs Warns NJ Residents: Don't Get Swept Up in Flood Scams

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

New Jersey's Division of Consumer Affairs is sending teams to flood-damaged areas to warn residents about possible scams.


The Leonard Lopate Show

Price Check

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Jonathan Mintz, commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, talks about discovering pricing violations in city grocery stores and explains how consumers can protect themselves.

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