The Plastic Trap

Listen / Download

While each swipe of credit cards at the cashier’s checkout helps drive the nation’s economy, it’s also driving Americans into bankruptcy at alarming rates. The average consumer carries a fistful of cards, and thousands of dollars in debt. New research shows that the banks controlling those cards are becoming even more aggressive at charging late fees and other penalties you never knew you’d agreed to. Even the jump in interest rates comes as a surprise to most.


Lowell Bergman, “Frontline” Correspondent and New York Times reporter

Tony Yezer, Economics professor at George Washington University

Linda Sherry, Editorial Director for Consumer Action