4:01 am, October 23, 2014

Of Consuming Interest

Sundays at 10:30 p.m.

Of Consuming Interest is a weekly show hosted by Shirley Rooker that examines the most important consumer issues today. Shirley can be reached via email at shirley@callforaction.org

Staring a small business - 5/11/14

Hal Shelton, author of the book :The Secrets to Writing a Successful Business Plan," discusses strategies for starting a small business including ways to obtain financing and networking as well as the use of social media.

Saturday - 05/10/2014, 08:08am EDT

Stop unwanted phone calls - 5/4/14

Aaron Foss, the developer of Nomorobo, discusses how this innovative program stops those annoying computer-generated phone calls. The system is available through the phone company or cable service for Internet-based phone systems.

Saturday - 05/03/2014, 10:51am EDT

Hospice care - 4/27/14

Karen Frank and Tim McDonough discuss the Hospice of the Chesapeake's programs such as the final salute for veterans, bereavement counseling for grieving family, and both in-home and residential services for terminally ill patients.

Saturday - 04/19/2014, 12:13pm EDT

How much is that doggy? - 4/13/14

Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, discusses the cost of owning a pet and how to cut some of those costs as well as whether outlet malls are really a good deal.

Saturday - 04/12/2014, 11:17am EDT

The Baltimore Symphony reaches out to the community - 3/30/14

Carol Bogash of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra discusses the group's outreach to very young children as well as an innovative program recently introduced in Montgomery County.

Saturday - 03/29/2014, 11:41am EDT

The future of the economy - 3/16/14

Bob Long, chairman of Ariba Asset Management, discusses the indicators that we are in for strong economic growth and the signs there may be some bumps along the road to economic recovery.

Saturday - 03/15/2014, 08:47am EDT

Oh, deer! Dealing with the prettiest pest - 3/9/14

Sandy Farber of UDC's Cooperative Extension Services discusses plants that deer are less likely to eat and strategies for keeping deer out of your garden.

Saturday - 03/08/2014, 09:34am EST

Protecting the consumer - 3/2/14

Eric Friedman, director of the Montgomery County Office of Consumer Affairs, discusses shopping for a car online and the scams that trap consumers, as well as predatory towing and home improvement fraud.

Sunday - 03/02/2014, 11:50am EST

Keeping adult children in the loop on your finances - 2/23/14

Jessica Anderson from Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine discusses why parents should provide general information about their finances to adult children as well as other critical information about long term care, etc.

Saturday - 02/22/2014, 10:59am EST

Consumers' access to the legal system - 2/16/14

Tom Gordon with Consumers for a Responsive Legal System discusses law changes in California, small claims court, making a contract with a lawyer and complaining about a lawyer.

Saturday - 02/15/2014, 09:31am EST

Consumer protection tips from the SEC - 2/9/14

Owen Donley, chief counsel, SEC Office of Investor Education and Advocacy, gives advice on how to avoid getting ripped off.

Saturday - 02/01/2014, 11:32am EST

Understanding your insurance needs - 1/26/14

Madelyn Flannagan and Sue Nester, representatives of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America, discuss a recent survey that indicates consumers make some very serious mistakes in buying insurance and that nearly 40% of consumers don't know what is in their insurance policies.

Saturday - 01/25/2014, 10:03am EST

Starting a small business - 1/19/14

Hal Shelton of Blu Venture Investors talks about why you need a business plan when starting a small business.

Saturday - 01/18/2014, 11:08am EST

The future of the economy - 1/12/14

Bob Long, chairman of Ariba Asset Management, discusses the indicators that we are in for strong economic growth and the signs there may be some bumps along the road to economic recovery.

Saturday - 01/11/2014, 11:22am EST

When hatred goes viral - 1/5/14

Chris Wolf, an Internet lawyer with Hogan Lovells, discusses his book "Viral Hate" and ways to stop the spread of hate on the Web without government regulation or stifling free speech.

Saturday - 01/04/2014, 10:25am EST

Detecting and preventing colon cancer - 12/29/13

Dr. Richard Gelfand discusses colon cancer, which is the second most common cancer in this country, and points out the necessity of prevention and detection.

Sunday - 12/29/2013, 10:58am EST

The future of smartphones - 12/22/13

Rob Forsyth of AT&T discusses developments in communications technology, the It Can Wait campaign against texting while driving, and the use of smart phone apps in promoting health and fitness.

Sunday - 12/22/2013, 08:38am EST

Your financial afterlife - 12/15/13

Evan Farr, a certified elder law attorney, discusses wills, trusts, organ donations and the importance of long term planning.

Friday - 12/20/2013, 01:11pm EST

Consumers' access to the legal system- 12/8/13

Tom Gordon, executive director at Consumers for a Responsive Legal System, discusses the need for making a will and other reasons you may need to go to court or have a lawyer.

Saturday - 12/07/2013, 12:25pm EST
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