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PBS re-runs credit card industry show

Connie Prater

PBS television’s Frontline show is re-running its 2004 episode on “The Secret History of the Credit Card.” The investigative television news show joined forces with The New York Times to explain an industry that “few Americans fully understand.”

One local public broadcasting station’s teaser to the show says: “Learn how credit card companies get American consumers to take on more debt.”

Is it mere coincidence that the show is re-airing nearly four years after its debut and at the height of congressional, regulatory and consumer complaints about the credit card industry?

Frontline producers periodically re-run their most popular segments and the credit card show continues to generate a lot of viewer interest, says PBS spokesman Kevin Dando. “That is one that I remember always getting a lot of blog mentions and interest. Who doesn’t have a credit card?”

To see what the hubbub is about, you can check your local listings or view the 56-minute show online.

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  • Jewel

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    If you are with Target Visa please learn from my mistakes and don’t pay one day too early.

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