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Going Into Debt
Does the Law Protect Consumers or Corporations?
Last Featured: 10/30/2006

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Skyrocketing medical bills, housing prices and college tuition, along with stagnant incomes, are causing more Americans to go into debt. And they are staying in debt longer. On this edition of Justice Talking, we’ll look at how credit cards became big business, the legality of lending practices, and restrictions on student loans. We’ll also examine the increasing popularity of payday loans and get some tips about how to get out of debt.

One Woman’s Story of Debt
Host Margot Adler talks with Melinda about her credit card debt. Melinda at one point owed $20,000 to credit card companies.

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Interview with a Consumer Finance Expert
Host Margot Adler speaks with Robert Manning about consumer debt and credit in America.

Robert Manning is the author of Credit Card Nation. He is also research professor and director of the Center for Consumer Financial Services at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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Debate on the Issue
Consumer advocate Linda Sherry and Fritz Elmendorf of the Consumer Bankers Association debate the policies and practices of credit card companies and whether the industry should be reformed.

Linda Sherry is the director of national priorities for Consumer Action, a consumer education and advocacy group.

Fritz Elmendorf manages communications and media relations for the Consumer Bankers Association, a retail banking trade group.

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Interview with a Personal Finance Columnist
Host Margot Adler asks Liz Pulliam Weston to offer some practical advice about how to manage personal debt.

Liz Pulliam Weston is the author of Deal with Your Debt: The Right Way to Manage Your Debt and Pay Off What You Owe. She also writes the column "Money Talk," which appears in newspapers around the country, and an online column for MSN Money.

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Meeting Generation Debt
Host Margot Adler interviews Tamara Draut about the financial challenges faced by young adults, particularly college debt.

Tamara Draut is the director of the Economic Opportunity Program at Demos, a public policy center based in New York City. She is the author of Strapped: Why America’s 20- and 30-Somethings Can’t Get Ahead.

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Interview with a Debt Collector
Host Margot Adler talks with Travis Dupree, a collection specialist with Williams & Fudge Inc., a South Carolina agency that collects outstanding student loans. He is the first-ranked collector at the company.

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Exploring the Fringe Economy
Host Margot Adler talks with Howard Karger about the burgeoning fringe economy in America and how the multi-billion dollar industry isn’t as fringe as it might appear.

Howard Karger wrote Shortchanged: Life and Debt in the Fringe Economy. He is also a professor of social policy at the University of Houston.

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