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One of NPR's most popular programs, Car Talk lets listeners (2.3 million of them) call in with their car woes while the hosts dish out their wit and know-how. At the end of each hour, 2 of 2 things are guaranteed to happen: you'll learn something about your motor vehicle and you'll have a belly laugh. Get the latest issue or subscribe!
"Whoo hoo! It's CD burnable."
This week, one of the guy's sons gets even with Dad on the air, for ruining his "street cred."
Each week, listeners call in with their car woes and brothers in grime Tom and Ray Magliozzi dish out their wit and know-how. Get the latest issue or subscribe, and hear an interview with Tom and Ray.
Car Talk Fact: 98 percent of misinformation in the world comes from fathers (the other 2 percent comes from us). Throughout history, when a child asks a father a question, the father feels he must give the child an answer. Even if he doesn't know what the answer is (which, as we said, is the case 98 percent of the time).
This brand-new collection rounds up some of our all-time favorite calls about animals and cars -- like Sidney, whose lunch disappeared in the air vents (and then died there!); Richard and his goat problem; and the dog who likes to ride on top of the truck cab. We've also included the "Andy Letter," possibly the greatest letter ever received at Car Talk Plaza, along with the phone call that precipitated it -- a call about electric brakes on a cattle trailer.
"One of the BEST!"
Why is it that so many of our calls start out talking about, say, differentials or power steering, but wind up discussing men, women, devious ploys of deception, and power trips? Simple. To quote our producer, Dougie Berman: "A car is just a big inanimate object through which we reveal ourselves and our true personalities. Tangled up with cars are the issues of money, power, independence, self-image, confidence, generosity, and honesty, just to name a few." We couldn't have said it better, if at all.
This week, a very memorable Stump the Chumps.
Fresh out of the Dewey, Cheetham, and Howe audio dumpster, our Second Best of Car Talk features some of the least-lousy calls we've ever aired! Seriously, we've had some pretty darned wacko calls, from "Clinton Sends Vowels to Bosnia" to "Gail, the Toll-gate Fugitive", and, our personal favorite, the tale of our German pal Max and his little Schnauzer.
So, what's here? Morley Safer, displaying a downright embarassing obsession with his Peugeot. Space shuttle astronaut John Grunsfeld, who's calling from Hawaii. (Well, 700 miles over Hawaii, actually.) And, there's one of our personal all-time favorite callers, our pal Dave from Bemidji, sharing the sordid tale of his journey to Alaska.
Here's one way to think about Tom and Ray's outlook on life. Imagine they're on a barge, floating down the river of life. They're lounging on deck chairs near the bow, drinking cappuccinos. Okay, now they sail by a life event of some kind. Doesn't matter what it is.
This week on Car Talk, Daniel Pinkwater opened his BMW owner's manual, and discovered it included exercise and diet tips. Is BMW being extra thoughtful or do they just want to make sure Daniel stays alive long enough to finish paying off the car? Elsewhere, Mary Lynn's husband has been telling her to ignore her car's scary thumping noise, so she's hoping to get it fixed while he's away in China. Also, Reine's husband may have gotten his wallet flushed along with an unnecessary radiator flush....
This week on Car Talk, Emily dared to correctly diagnose her male friend's car problem (the horror!) but did her automotive intelligence ruin a potential relationship? Elsewhere, Ted's solution to his van's leaky exhaust may win a prize for modern sculpture, but will it also kill his engine? Also, Linda needs to use a hair dryer to start her car in wet weather; and from the "be careful what you wish for" department, Jeff wants to get his reluctant 18-year-old son to start driving or risk never getting a date.
This week on Car Talk, the Great Sleek Black Beauty bet is settled, as we find out if Patti’s mom made it from Houston to Boston in her Datsun. Does Ray need to start searching for a ’65 Ambassador, or is Tommy forever banned from uttering the words, “sleek black beauty”? Elsewhere, Jill’s Civic sounds like Frankenstein, and Aron’s Nissan is imitating Larry from the Three Stooges. Also, how can Craig make his minivan more sexy, other than trading it for a Porsche? All this and lots more, this week on Car Talk.
This week on Car Talk, welcome to foliage season! Tourists are descending on New England, and locals like Kurt have plenty of time to sit in traffic, developing theories about the drivers clogging his roads. Hey, if wacko Auto-Sociological musings keep his blood pressure down, who are we to argue?
This week on Car Talk, Ray's quest for more "usable" sunshine leads him to a proposal both brilliant and wacko: Double-Dog Daylight Savings, probably not coming to a time zone near you. Then, Davis' squeaky Durango sparks another novel idea: if you don't know where a squeak is coming from, just dip the whole car in silicone spray.
This week Car Talk kicks off with one listener's brilliant (and only sorta wacko) theory: a non-essential repair on an old car creates a parallel universe in which everything else starts to break. Then it's off to New Mexico, where Nolina has two choices for dealing with a disintegrating head gasket: a $2500 engine re-build, or a $10 can of Bar's Leaks. Any bets on which side Tom and Ray come down on?
This week on Car Talk, a Massachusetts man begins speaking with a French accent after an accident. Thus we are introduced to Foreign Accent Syndrome, a neurological oddity which Tommy will be happy to explain, if he can ever stop laughing. Elsewhere, what goes in, must come out—unless "it" is a piece of the Berlin Wall, stuffed into the trunk of a BMW. A few thousand miles away, John is having the opposite problem—his Bronco's dipstick refuses to stay in. Also, should Julie fess up about her fender bender in the family van? And, Crystie dropped a nail into her gas tank, and is worried about an explosion. Her mechanic and the Chevy dealer refuse to take her seriously—and she thinks Tom and Ray will? Find out, this week on Car Talk.
This week we're cooling off with homemade ice cream from ice cream maven Jeni Britton Bauer, author of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home. Andrea Nguyen, author of Into the Vietnamese Kitchen, talks about irresistable Vietnamese salads. We look at the ways in which food is used as a political tool with Susan Glasser, former editor in chief of Foreign Policy, in the story "Eat, Drink, Protest," which appeared in Foreign Policy's food issue (Glasser is now editor of Politico). The Wall Street Journal's Katy McLaughlin explains her story on edible fashion. Jane and Michael Stern visit Nick's Kitchen in Huntington, Indiana.
We learn the art of pickling fish with Paul Lowe, author of Sweet Paul Eat and Make, and we look at the tradition of eating frog legs in Detroit with author Bill Loomis. Ari Daniel Shapiro observes chemistry in the kitchen of Kimball House, and Remodelista's Christine Hanway gives us some easy kitchen updates.
William Sitwell, author of A History of Food in 100 Recipes, joins us, we look at the Indian tradition of chutneys with chef Vikas Khanna and check in with film director Wayne Wang about his latest project, a documentary on the life of legendary Chinese restaurateur Cecilia Chiang.
The Splendid Table is a series hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper, providing listeners with information on food preparation, appreciation, and culture.