Join Tom Kraeutler and Leslie Segrete as they combine quick wit and clever advice to help listeners tackle a variety of home improvement and décor projects, from painting to pest control to porches. Listen and learn as Tom and Leslie deliver expert solutions to a wide range of the daily challenges frequently facing homeowners.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, how can Doug diplomatically tell his wife she's a slob when it comes to cars, and should his new car be a stick shift, so she can't drive it? Ray's telling of his wife's turn from neatness to the dark side provides a cautionary tale. Also, on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Richard resorted to shock therapy to get his pet goats to stop climbing on his cars, and if Richard's girlfriend Doris started speaking to him again. And, why did Paul go to a cobbler instead of a body shop when his gas pedal fell through the floor of his Datsun?
Simran Sethi on biodiversity, Matt Goulding on Japan, Molly Birnbaum on alliums, Sam Seneviratne on spice, Alex Stupak on tortillas.
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?
Kat Kinsman on ethics, David Rosengarten on knives, Michael Ruhlman on roasting, Louise Hay, Heather Dane, Azalina Eusope.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Karen's mechanic may be taking period authenticity a little too far by refusing to install shoulder belts in Karen's new vintage Rambler. Elsewhere, Ron tried to find a vacuum leak with propane, and now has two fewer eyebrows to show for it; the VW Westfalia Josie inherited from her dad has been starting and wandering off on its own; and is that 150-pound log Lucia put in her Corolla's trunk, to stop it from fishtailing on the ice, doing more harm than good? And, are remote starters contributing to the decline of Western civilization?
Gordon Edgar on cheddar, Justin Warner's laws, Emily Fleischaker on BuzzFeed, Jennifer Milikowsky on pork, Steve Jenkins on supermarkets.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, why are Helen's Mercedes' tires growing mold? Tom and Ray say it's because Helen drives the car infrequently, to which Helen replies, "Au contraire Piston Pusses!" Elsewhere, Linda's fiancé insists on washing his car before a long trip, to improve its gas mileage. Is he right, or just falling prey to the old "clean underwear" theory? Also, Scott's wife gave him a homework assignment—write a paper explaining why he should keep the '77 MG that's been sitting untouched in their garage for the last year.
Jennifer McLagan on bitter, Ray Isle on American wine, Jimi Yui on kitchen design, the Sterns.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Steve expected to encounter snow during his winter cross-country drive, but he wasn't prepared for flurries inside his Pathfinder. Elsewhere, Nina's mechanic ripped off her Altima's heat shield, and Nina's worried about burning up on re-entry. Also, Jean's brakes started screeching after she got new pads, apparently with the "banshee" option; John's daughters' know-it-all boyfriends have convinced them they need to let their cars warm up for a loooong time on cold mornings; and Ray discovers new automotive healing powers.
Toni Tipton-Martin on cookbooks, Madhur Jaffrey on India, Tal Ronnen on vegan cooking, Tim Neville on fondue.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Kim's husband couldn't resist buying a Lexus that had been sitting in an airport parking lot for four years. Kim thinks the car was used for nefarious deeds, and is plagued by bad vibes. But Kim's own purchase may make her husband's look sane by comparison. Meanwhile, another martial dispute is brewing in Alaska, where Samantha and her husband can't agree on the best place to hang dry cleaning. Can Tom and Ray referee his one, without knowing exactly what dry cleaning is, anyway?
Ming Tsai on one-pot cooking, Harold McGee on pasta, Tom Owen on coffee, James Oliver Cury on records.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Jill's pal keeps telling her she needs to do more highway driving to "blow the stuff" out of her car. Jill's not opposed to this, but what exactly is she trying to blow out? Elsewhere, Eleanor is leaving on a six-month, around-the-world bicycle tour and she wants to know what to do with her truck while she's gone. Tom and Ray want to know how Eleanor plans to pedal across a few oceans.
Sean Brock on lost ingredients, easy holiday dishes, David Ligare on painting.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Bill's truck rolled into a lake. There's one cable keeping it from sinking to the bottom. Should Bill call Jacques Cousteau for a rescue, or cut the cable?
Ferran Adria on cooking, Nigella Lawson on celebrating food, Michael Solomonov on Israel, Karen MacNeil on port.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, could cow stomach magnets have improved the gas mileage on Tim's Jaguar? Or is that udderly (sorry) ridiculous? And, down in Antarctica, Summer is coming, but Matt's vehicle is still having trouble when the thermometer dips below a balmy minus 40 degrees.
Anthony Giglio on wine for junk food, Marcus Samuelsson's pantry, The Cuban Table, Veronica Tonay on food dreams.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Heidi's Lincoln is under assault from a local bird that's itching for a fight, with its own reflection! Can Heidi save her car without ending up on the Audubon Society's Most Wanted list?
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."
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.
"stump the chef!"
This week on Car Talk Tom and Ray pay tribute to late puzzler mentor Martin Gardner, and they do it in true Magliozzi fashion--by recalling an embarrassing on-air moment, and then promptly swiping one of Martin's classic puzzles.
This week, Car Talk kicks off with a Puzzler mea culpa. Who knew that Stamford, Connecticut, was not the only U.S. city with a certain geographic oddity? Apparently, a few thousand of our listeners.
This week on Car Talk, while Mom is away, her kids will – hold a peeing contest on her Mercury Villager? That's what Sarah from New Jersey thinks happened when she took a weekend off and came back to a nauseating new aroma in her car. Will the Car Talk Olfactory Forensics Unit get the kids off the hook?
This week's Car Talk features a bonus return appearance by Tara, formerly of California. When we last heard from her, Tara was embarking on a cross-country move with her van-dwelling boyfriend, Curtis. Apparently, the trip went well – very well – because she and Curtis now need help choosing a name for their upcoming offspring.
This week's Car Talk features a pre-marital marital dispute. Byron and his fiancee can't agree on what vehicle to use for their wedding day getaway--a luxury rental, or Byron's trusty Tacoma pickup truck. Find out how Tom and Ray adjudicate the matter, and why Tommy's about to earn a spot on the Union of Concerned Caterers' enemies list.
This week’s Car Talk kicks off with an Auto-Spiritual conundrum: Can Sajay have his cremated ashes poured into his car's gas tank, without doing damage? Then it's off to Somerville, MA, where Rebecca's got a squeaking clutch, and Tommy's having a TMI moment from his childhood. Also, Will's secret mid-life crisis Porsche purchase may be a little harder to keep quiet, now that it needs a new transmission; Whitney's got a husband determined not to fill up his gas tank until he's down to the last drop.
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....
On this week's Car Talk, brace yourself for a show opening that truly brings the expression "too much information" to Car Talk, as Ray shares an intimate exercise anecdote. Any story that ends with his wife on the floor in laughter, has got to be worth hearing. Then it's on to North Carolina, where Rachel's convinced her mechanic's recommended engine flush is really just a wallet flush.
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.
Michael Gelb explains what neuroplasticity means, and provides some low cost ways (including optimism!) to improve our brain power and resilience, and possibly prevent Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. He describes the benefits of challenging the brain to do something new, and other brain-enhancing activities, including meditation, wine in moderation, and naps!
This week on Car Talk, Tom and Ray triage a burgeoning epidemic of men behaving badly. First up is the fiance of Kate from Michigan. When her horn wouldn't stop blaring, he handled the situation by slinking down in the passenger seat so nobody would see him!
This week on Car Talk, Jim loves his 1957 Morris Minor, except for one minor inconvenience--its 36 horsepower isn't enough to get it up hills, so his passengers have to get out and push. Does Jim need to keep a few Clydesdales on hand for an occasional tow? Elsewhere, Mo had to drive her boss's Saab, and the next day it needed a few hundred dollars' worth of clutch repairs. Should she be dreading her next employee review? Also, on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Dr. Paul's life no longer resembles a Country-Western song; sisters Kathy and Jackie debate the merits of using mothballs to improve gas mileage; and could the secret to a happy marriage be two simple words: "Yes, dear"? All this, plus a tale of a very smart car radio, and lots more, this week on Car Talk.
This week, a very memorable Stump the Chumps.
We're in the holiday spirit, and there are several reasons to be thankful. For starters, you probably haven't spent the last couple of weeks trying to get a lug nut off your Lincoln. And even if you have, you probably didn't resort to ballistics. Hear what happens when an armed and exceptionally frustrated shade tree mechanic finally loses his cool. If that's not enough, give thanks that you're not our poor hosts being forced to play Stump the Chumps.
This week on Car Talk, is there any group more qualified to critique Car Talk than 8th graders? Assuming kindergartners aren't available? This week, we kick off the show with a few astute comments from kids. Then it's off to Ohio where Kellie's Accord is "bogging out" on the highway and her dad's wallet is emptying out trying to fix the problem.
This week on Car Talk, Tom and Ray try to help Mary in Minnesota sort through an ethical dilemma: Does she tell prospective buyers about her Accord's leaky water pump? Can Tom and Ray guide her to a clear conscience, or will their inner mechanics seize control?
This week's Car Talk find out if Tom and Ray helped Heidi from Michigan persuade her tennis-pro husband not to make a timing belt replacement his maiden voyage on the SS Auto Repair.