This week on The Best of Car Talk, Tim's Dodge Dart rolled into a lake and went for a full dive. The car has been retrieved, but will it ever run again and not smell like fish? Elsewhere, Stu's girlfriend Carla accidentally added engine oil to his beloved ZX's power steering. So why are Tom and Ray asking Carla if she wants to dump Stu? Also, Julia fears her parents' marriage won't survive Dad's attempt to rebuild Mom's Suburban's engine and Karen's physicist husband has a bogus explanation for why her car is shaking.
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!
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We're looking at the advent of Chinese food in America with Andrew Coe, author of Chop Suey, A Cultural History of Chinese Food in the United States. Jane and Michael Stern are in North Charleston, South Carolina for low country soul food at Bertha's Kitchen, and Sally Schneider, creator of The Improvised Life website teaches us to improvise with miso.
Car Talk is a radio talk show broadcast weekly throughout the United States and elsewhere. Its subjects are automobiles and repair, and it often takes humorous turns. The hosts of Car Talk are brothers Tom and Ray Magliozzi.
Ming Tsai on one-pot cooking, Harold McGee on pasta, Tom Owen on coffee, James Oliver Cury on records.
We're learning to eat on the cheap with Christopher Greenslate and Kerri Leonard, authors of On A Dollar A Day. The Sterns have found first-rate tidewater seafood at Sting Rays in Cape Charles, VA. And Gordon Edgar, author of Cheesemonger, A Life on the Wedge explains the intersection of punk rock and cheesemaking.
Move over Heisenberg! This week on the Best of Car Talk, one listener's new theory on Tom and Ray's ability to alter reality. Elsewhere, Anthony thinks his cheapo tires are making noise. His solution? Swap them with his wife's tires. Will Tom and Ray have a suggestion that won't land Anthony in divorce court? Also, Crash's Mazda is making him live up to his nickname by wandering all over the road.
The Splendid Table is a one-hour culinary, culture, and lifestyle program that celebrates food and its ability to touch the lives and feed the souls of everyone. Each week, The Splendid Table tours new culinary territory, from the vineyards of Provence to the city-street diners of Philadelphia. While doing so, host Lynne Rossetto Kasper uncovers hidden delights, and offers her modern take on getting food to the "splendid table" with cooking tips, recipes, and her own personal advice.
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This week on Car Talk, how many thousands of dollars can one hour of lousy car advice pump into an ailing economy? Well, when that hour starts with a Saab owner who's going to be transmission shopping, we may be able to match the Gross Domestic Product of Guinea Bissau. Or better. Things take a turn for the bearish, though, when Jacob scores a free do-over on his timing belt replacement-- and when Lee's Lincoln turns out to need a new "Whoop Tube." (How do you figure costs of replacing an imaginary part?) Happily, Laura brings us back on track. She loves her Camry so much, she can't wait to dump it and get something more suited to her growing dog.
This week on Car Talk, a used-car salesman chooses an opportune time to turn into a consumer advocate. Meanwhile, out in Oregon, Danni could've used someone to tell her not to buy the second-hand Range Rover that called her name, in the midst of P.I.S.(that's, "Pregnancy Induced Insanity"). She's already been hit with a few thousand bucks worth of repairs and her husband can't even fit in the car.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Paula swears the only way she can start her car on really cold mornings is by laying a warm blanket on the hood. Is there any possibility that Paula isn't completely nuts? Elsewhere, Dick's truck bounces when he steps on the brakes, but can Dick stay awake long enough for Tom and Ray to explain why? Also, a ski trip turned Jennifer's Geo into a low rider; Betsy's Toyota is sliding around Martha's Vineyard; and Peter's wife always said, "A car is just a car", until she drove Peter's new Jaguar. Is Peter's new Jag now hers?
Listen to the voice of the renowned Dr. Ernest Holmes as if he was here today. These wonderful recordings are from his earliest Sunday live broadcasts.
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This week we meet up with the irascible Anthony Bourdain, author of Medium Raw, A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook. Jane and Michael Stern are eating boudin sausage at T Boy's Slaughterhouse in Mamon, LA and Indian food authority Julie Sahni brings us the Indian art of the marinade.
Ferran Adria on cooking, Nigella Lawson on celebrating food, Michael Solomonov on Israel, Karen MacNeil on port.
This week we talk to chef Dan Barber about ethical eating. His book is The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food. We meet Von Diaz, a woman cooking her way through Cocina Criolla, the Puerto Rican Joy of Cooking, and The Kitchen’s Faith Durand brings us the best in vegetable slow cooker recipes.
This week on Car Talk, do two people who don’t know what they’re talking about know more or less than one person who doesn’t know what he’s talking about? Andy thinks Tom and Ray’s recent "pas-de-deux of breath-taking speculation" on electric brakes may have answered this question definitively. Elsewhere, Evan’s son stuffed a golf ball into her car’s exhaust, and she worried it may land a hole-in-one right in the middle of her engine; Christine can’t evict a colony of ants living in her car’s headliner; and Todd’s noisy truck gives Tom a chance to re-live his Army days with the long-suffering Sgt. McNeeley.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Danni bought a used Range Rover in the midst of what she calls Pregnancy-Induced Insanity. Reality quickly set in, as her skyscraper-esque husband couldn’t fit in the car, and it racked up a few thousand dollars in repair bills in no time. Should she cut her losses and dump this impulse buy? Elsewhere, Charlie had to replace his fuel pump three times in the last year, and is tired of having them fall on his chest; Kristy may need a stethoscope and a potato to figure out why her car is making noise; and physicist Robert is too busy trying to solve thermonuclear fusion to get his timing belt changed. All this, plus the tale of Sonja Henie’s Zamboni, and lots more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Ever wonder why Tom and Ray exclaim, "Sonja Henie's tutu!" or seem to need haircuts with an unusual urgency, or got the idea that somebody moved the Alamo? This week on The Best of Car Talk, we share the tales behind the phrases that usually make the guys blow milk out their noses just by their mere mention.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, "60 Minutes" host Morley Safer turns the hot lights on Tom and Ray. Allegations of financial malfeasance? A class-action suit over bogus Puzzlers? No, Morley's just annoyed that he can't find parts for his beloved Peugeot, aka, the “Crouching Tiger” in his garage, and he blames Tom and Ray's relentless Peugeot bashing.
This week on Car Talk, will James and his fiancee incur the wrath of Miss Manners and their families by registering for gifts at Louie's Lexus rather than Chafing Dishes R Us?
J. Kenji López-Alt's techniques, Mary Karr on memory, Sammy Hagar on cooking, James Nienhuis on art.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Leonard Bernstein is immortalized in automotive lore for a shifting technique he handed down to his son. Elsewhere, Adla got a rude welcome to Boston when someone stole the battery from her Civic; Jennifer made an ill-advised bet on steering wheels with her know-it-all 18-year-old nephew; and Esther's low coolant light and buzzer might be trying to send her a subtle signal about the state of her cooling system. All this and lots more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
The Perennial Plate goes to Colorado, Jekka McVicar on sage, Rachel Khoo on flavor combinations, Ronni Lundy on salt, Dr. Liz Baldwin on tomatoes.
Joe's brother-in-law collects heaps. This wouldn't be a problem, except the cars wind up in Joe's backyard. And to make things even more complicated, Joe's brother-in-law owns the house. Can Tom and Ray untangle this family mess? Elsewhere, Sherry thinks her temperature gauge is going through menopause; Roseanna borrowed her friend's Subaru for the summer and fears she may be responsible for its new noise, and lots more this week.
Craig LeHoullier on tomatoes, Nicole Bermensolo on dessert, Cara Nicoletti on books, Gabrielle Blair on kitchens.
Osayi Endolyn on Hoppin' John and her background, Kurt Soller on the Impossible Burger, Jacques Pépin on chicken, Dan Pashman on the Greensboro Four
Pierre Thiam on Senegal, Daniel Patterson on hands, Melanie Dunea on chefs, Elissa Altman on her mom.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Nancy doesn't fully trust her mechanic so she's throwing around car jargon to bluff him into thinking she knows more than she does. But, her vocabulary has run dry. Will the official Click and Clack Thesaurus come to her rescue? Elsewhere, Greg's truck's wiring has become lunch for critters and the only way to save it may require giving up his beloved garage wood shop. Also, Kara's rafting company may do the unthinkable and switch to automatic transmissions for their trucks.
J. Kenzi Lopez-Alt on zhug, Robin Ha on Korean food, Anya Fernald on entertaining, Molly Birnbaum on frozen yogurt, Mark Hagen on zucchini.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, should Jason dump his beloved Camaro? It needs a new engine and completed its mission to help him find a girlfriend. Elsewhere, Shelly has the happiest dog in the world as her Explorer is spewing dog food from the vents; Oscar needs to decide whether to fix his wife's brakes or buy more life insurance for her; and should Barbara attempt her six-month road trip in a VW Camper Van if she expects it to last more than six days?
Leanne Brown on SNAP, Wendy Suzuki on smell, Josh Kun on LA, Cathy Erway on Taiwan, the Sterns.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, distilled water may be too hungry for John to use it in his radiator. Will Ray's explanation of the hungry water theory help clarify things, or as usual, only further obfuscate matters? Elsewhere, Linda's husband proudly claimed to have "fixed" her Volvo - by chopping off its roof. Now is it safe for use as anything other than a planter? Also, Kunal wants to give his horn testosterone treatments; Diana's van could be a new form of germ warfare, and much more.
Ann Bancroft on fresh water, Sabrina Ghayour on Sirocco, Holly De Ruyter on Wisconsin supper clubs, Tyler Kord on sandwiches, Jekka McVicar on celery.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Dennis' friend told him the best way to charge a low car battery is by turning on all the accessories. Does this earn immediate entry into the Wacko Theory Hall of Fame? Elsewhere, Julieta's boyfriend is blaming her driveway for his Camry's starting problem, which can only be cured by the correct curse words; Molly would like a little less cowbell in her Altima; and Gail explodes the myth that women don't play practical jokes.
Darra Goldstein on sugar, Douglas Quint on ice cream, Jenn Louis on dumplings, Keith Wilson on wine vessels.
Could anything ruin a walk through one of America's most beautiful and peaceful national monuments? How about a radio show host complaining because he can't get an espresso? This week on The Best of Car Talk, the tale of Tom and Ray's ill-fated visit to the Muir Woods.
The Splendid Table is a series hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper, providing listeners with information on food preparation, appreciation, and culture.
This week Greg was surprised when his truck started running poorly, until he learned that his four-year-old son had washed the inside of the gas tank with soap. Should Greg stick his kid with the repair bill? Judy can't decide if her son-in-law is brilliant or wacko for raising the hood of his Volvo after every drive; Gil's Camry may be leaving a trail of clutch fluid from Houston to Phoenix; Debra's knocking is nothing compared to the sound of two hosts banging their heads together trying to figure out what's causing it.