You want a fun show to listen to while passing some time? Car Talk is it. Even if you aren't interested in cars or car repair, this entertaining show is sure make you laugh. You'll want more. Keep up the great work guys!
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 talk to Mexican food scholar Margarita Carrillo Arronte, author of Mexico: The Cookbook, about what modern Mexican food is really made of, Chez Panisse chef Cal Peternell dreamed up Twelve Recipes, a book to teach his adult sons how to cook, and Lynne tastes her way through the best and worst of vegetable stock.
This week on Car Talk, Cheryl's brother has a brilliant solution to his rotting gas tank that could set the entire state of New Jersey on fire—but does that make his idea any less brilliant? Elsewhere, Mike wants to drive his truck into the ground. Oh wait, the truck's "belt habit" might have already beat him to it. Tamara is considering dumping her beloved Vanagon for a car with modern conveniences, like a horn; and, can Jim make it through a New England winter in a Civic with no heat, and no dashboard? All this, and more, this week on Car Talk.
This week we have a conversation between Michael Ruhlman, author of The Book of Schmaltz, and celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern about cooking with fat, the Sterns join us with their take on the best regional American pizza, Bon Appétit’s Adam Rapoport teaches us a simplified duck confit recipe, and travel and food writer Anya Von Bremzen talks about her memoir, Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking.
This week on Car Talk, Melissa Peterson (a.k.a., “That Little Twerp”) returns with another helpful Car Talk critique. How can Tom and Ray manage to be hippies and geeks at the same time? Elsewhere, Quentin needs to decide whether to take his grandfather's Dodge Dart Swinger, or keep his blood pressure regulated by just taking Grandpa's hat from the front seat. Also, Beth's trailblazing adventure left her Jetta missing a few parts she hopes are non-essential; newly unemployed Bernadette is considering a move from one non-profit to another by entering the world of auto-repair, and on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Geoff 's noise really was the sound of one pad slapping. All this, and more, this week on Car Talk.
Mario Batali joins us with his ode to the American farmer, America Farm to Table. We talk about the cider-drinking trend with Amy Traverso, author of The Apple Lover's Cookbook, the Sterns give us a tutorial on Canada's poutine, and we learn to make a ginger bug with Jennifer McGruther, author of The Nourished Kitchen.
This week on Car Talk, is Scott obligated to marry his girlfriend, after she passed out from carbon monoxide poisoning in his Land Cruiser? Elsewhere, Ginny and her husband disagree over the optimal speed to drive on a road populated with frogs without croaking them (sorry). Also, a year of a flashing brake lights and noisy brakes has convinced Jim his van may have a brake problem; Camille may have to purge her key ring to save her Golf; and will this week's Puzzler Answer give Tom and Ray yet another F in Physics? Find out, this week on Car Talk.
It’s a look at the newest in culinary exotica, salt block cooking, with Mark Bitterman, author of Salt Block Cooking, and we go behind the scenes of cookbook production with recipe tester Ian Knauer.
This week on Car Talk, Tom and Ray delve into the complexity of the mother-daughter relationship. Since they fit into neither category, fortunately their own mom and sister both weigh in. All of this is prompted by Nancy's ill-advised decision to tell her adult daughter she waited too long to rotate her tires.
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, Darlene's bumpy road-trip prompts Ray to remember his explosive lesson about the dangers of over-inflated tires. Elsewhere, Cynthia hopes Tom and Ray can settle her brothers' tug-of-war over a vintage Camaro, but it's more likely they’ll just add a Magliozzi family feud to the mix. Also, Bill's steering wheel is re-enacting "Ghostbusters" by oozing an odd substance; Marsha's wondering if adding oil to her coolant is the end of the world, or at least the end of her Previa; and on Stump the Chumps, we find out if marriage cured Ellen's fiance of his high-performance add-on addiction.
The Splendid Table is a series hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper, providing listeners with information on food preparation, appreciation, and culture.
This week on Car Talk, former Red Sox pitcher Bill "Spaceman" Lee plays a round of Stump the Chumps. Find out if Tom and Ray helped get Bill's BMW running, or have they thrown one way over the backstop?Elsewhere, Jeff promised his girlfriend he'd get a driver's license this Summer. The calendar has turned, and Jeff is still sans license, so what he needs now is a good excuse. Also, Ashley loves her Beetle, but it may be killing her with CO poisoning; Chris wants to know how big a dope slap to give her husband for keeping the heat on during a six-hour drive in 96 degree temperatures; and can Tom and Ray do any better diagnosing a broken lawnmower than they did on electric brakes? Well, they couldn’t do worse, right? All this and more, this week on Car Talk.
This week on Car Talk, Richard the Goat Rescuer's new pals like to climb on things—including cars, and especially Richard's girlfriend's Alfa Romeo. Does Richard need to turn to shock therapy to ground the goats and save his relationship? Elsewhere, Jeff's Isuzu needs a new engine, but Jeff is worried that a transplant will irrevocably change his car's soul. Can Tom and Ray provide some divine guidance on this existential-automotive conundrum? Also, Helena and her husband found a dream used car with one idiosyncrasy—it only goes in Reverse. Good thing it came with a spare transmission in the trunk. And, guess what turned up in a government auction—Sonja Henie's tutu! Find out how, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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....
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.
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, can Patty in Virginia keep her mechanic working on her car, without his unsolicited attempts to work on her? Is there a delicate way to let him know she's not interested, without her car becoming a casualty of his broken heart?
Here, the author of Drawing On the Right Side of the Brain tells how to use drawing to tap into the unique powers of the dual brain function for enhancing creativity, imagination, problem solving, and more. She shares how she became interested in art and how visual imaging can contribute to the thinking process. Edwards provides a wealth of insight for everyone interested in creative problem solving and innovative thinking.
This week on Car Talk, it's time to 'fess up. A listener's tale of an ill-fated jump-start prompts Tom and Ray to 'fess up to a few of their own doozies.
This week on Car Talk, Andy borrowed his Dad's Buick for a romantic drive to the country. All was right with the world, until he ran out of gas. A Good Samaritan gave him a few gallons, but somehow Andy managed to drop a straw into the gas tank. Now, Dad's car is running lousy, and Andy needs to know if one straw could cause a few boat payments worth of damage.
We are celebrating Julia Child's birthday this week with a listen back to some early Splendid Table interviews with the grand lady. Chopped's Ted Allen joins us as our celebrity Stump Master in another round of Stump the Cook and David Leite of Leite's Culinaria returns with a fresh look at a European favorite, Nutella.
This week on Car Talk, after having his Dodge Omni crash into his parents' deck and run over him, Steve has decided it's time to deal with his car's quirk-- you can turn the car off and remove the key, while it's still in Drive. Will he go for a simple repair, or will he take Tom's advice to handcuff himself to the shifter so he'll never again forget to put it in Park?
This week on Car Talk, Steve moved to Chicago for a job and a girlfriend. He lost both. But what's confusing him is why he didn't lose his ride, as well. His Acura was the only car that didn't get towed from a parking lot during a party. Did the parking deities take pity on him? Elsewhere, Chuck decided to cut his air conditioner belt because it was smoking, and now may find himself on the FBI's Most Wanted list; and Heidi may find out why her Check Engine light is blinking, if she can make it through a few Magliozzi detours into Kirchoff's laws, MIT admissions, and the U.S. Army.
Well, we're almost at holiday lift off! Whether you have a lot left to do, or are ready to sit by the fireside and enjoy yourself, today's show will get you in the mood. The Barefoot Contessa stops by to simplify our entertaining. Sam Choy gives the holiday a little Hawaiian twist, and Murray's Cheese gives us a slice of cheese wisdom. Eco-friendly wrapping, Darina Allen's Christmas goose, plus Graham Kerr on outdulgences and more.
We know, we know, Best of Car Talk is probably Webster's working definition for "oxymoron". But you might enjoy some of these highlights from our first eight years of radio shows. Hear some callers who really broke us up, including "Eggs Prestone", "The Day Ole Moses Blew Lunch", and "Bad Hair Days".
This week on Car Talk, is back-seat driving genetic? Apparently so for Liz in Massachusetts, who's picked up the nagging habit from her Mom. Making matters worse, Liz's husband's poor navigation skills make him a prime target. Can Tom and Ray break this cycle of rolled eyes and loud sighs?
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 kicks off with a harrowing tale of one man's journey into Dante's supplemental Circle of Hell: the local health club, where he spends one week at the merciless hands of Tanya the Trainer. Then it's off to Missouri, where Jon is concerned about whether the smell in his Chevy S-10 is coming from the truck-- or his fiancee. Elsewhere, "Mom" and her teenaged son are arguing over whether the best way to cool a car and keep 40 pounds of meat frozen in 90 degree weather is by turning the heat on full blast; and Rita's intermittent air conditioner problem has convinced her mechanic that she's just looking for an excuse to visit.