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Inside The Consumer Reports Test Labs

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Sep 19, 2022
Inside The Consumer Reports Test Labs
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Dan goes inside Consumer Reports, the independent nonprofit that tests and rates everything from toaster ovens to frozen pizzas to luxury cars. CR takes testing very seriously, and Dan gets to see their process in action. It all starts with an undercover shopper who goes by the pseudonym Jim. Then Dan visits the labs at HQ, where he sees how a gas range is poked, prodded, and brought to its limits. This includes testing the oven’s self-cleaning feature against a mixture so foul, it’s legendary.

The Sporkful production team includes Dan Pashman, Emma Morgenstern, Andres O'Hara, Tracey Samuelson, and Jared O'Connell, with editing help this week from Devon DiComo.

Interstitial music in this episode by Black Label Music:

  • “One Night Tango” by Steve Pierson
  • "Brute Force" by Lance Conrad
  • “Lowtown” by Jack Ventimiglia
  • "Dilly Dally" by Hayley Briasco
  • "Silhouette" by Erick Anderson
  • "New Old" by J.T. Bates

Photo courtesy of Dan Pashman

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