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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Think tomatoes are the most different tasting things you can grow as opposed to buy? This week on You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath will reveal why the real answer is potatoes! Plus: chemical-free answers to all your garden questions.
Do you want to save yourself a lot of frustration in the garden? In this episode of You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath will reveal the ten biggest mistakes that gardeners make!
Everyone's favorite word is "YES!" But today's show is all about NO - what not to do. You know, all the things you've been told were oh so wrong - like cheese with fish, using a dull knife, and starting that shrimp sear in a cold pan. We'll also take a look at that very dubious food product, SPAM. And, discover a new way perfume is being used in restaurants.
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 on Car Talk, all was well with Karen's Honda until her boyfriend gave it a tune-up – which promptly turned on the Check Engine light. We'll just skip past the question of whether he messed up, and go right to trying to figure out what he messed up. Elsewhere in Civic-land, Anna came out of work one day to discover an unwanted passenger in her car: a white rat. How did it get there, and how can she ever go near her car again?
This week on Car Talk, can Bubba convince his neighbor that he doesn’t need to warm up his diesel monster truck for 30 minutes every morning, and not wind up with said monster truck driving across his front yard?
Also, should Wendy dump her bureaucrat boyfriend after his cavalier response to her smoking car?
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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Everybody loves the taste of ice-cold watermelon in the summer, but growing them can be a challenge. Mike McGrath will help you spit some homegrown seeds this season when he discusses growing tips and the best varieties.
Do you want to replace your dying summer container plants with something beautiful that will survive the winter? Jeff Jabco, director of grounds and coordinator of horticulture for the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College in Philadelphia, has been teaching workshops on winter container gardening. He will suggest plants that can survive the winter from the frozen North to the milder South and give advice on what kind of soil mixture and containers to use.
What can you do when you show up at your vacation beach retreat and the outside of the house is covered with mosquitoes instead of vinyl siding? Mike McGrath will reveal how he handled this very problem this summer, without any of the mosquito-fighting tools he has at home, and without turning to toxins! We'll also tell a year-long island resident how to keep the local insect life out of her house.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Dr. Anastas is having a slow day at NASA. How do we know? He’s wondering how his car would fare in zero gravity, if he brought it along for a ride on NASA's “Vomit Comet” airplane. There might be some traction problems, but would the car even start? Elsewhere, Ann's snowboarding trip got more exciting when her tire caught fire heading down the mountain; Dana fears she’s heading for an explosion after her husband epoxied her Civic’s leaking radiator with J-B Weld; and, every time Dennis washes his wife’s car, it won’t start the next day.
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 Car Talk, all is not quiet on home fronts across the land. For starters, Kay in Colorado is fretting about the state of her Ford Explorer after her daughter accidentally left it running overnight.
Is it possible to get truly chemical-free organic lawn care from a commercial provider? This week on You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath will reveal the questions that you need to ask- and the answers you should receive - to be sure that your lawn care is organic. And, of course, we'll have more chemical-free answers to all your gardening questions.
This week on Car Talk, a winter driving tip from Katie in Boulder: don't leave your Mini parked in a four-inch deep puddle, unless you want to find it encased in four inches of ice, up to its rims. The question now is, can Tom and Ray stop laughing long enough to help her figure out a way to extricate it? Also, a water pump replacement turns into a scavenger hunt in the engine of a '96 Civic; an unfortunate oyster shucking incident somehow leads to a new noise in a Ford Escort.
This week on Car Talk, a creative birthday present spawns an auto-infestation crisis for Beatrice in Pennsylvania. The pregnant cockroach she got for dad got loose in the family BMW, and when it emerged, it may have left behind a few hundred cockroach juniors. Can the car be returned to its pre-bug state? Find out.
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, Car Talk kicks off with a few choice one-liners from the late Rodney Dangerfield. Then it's off to Vermont where native Burlington resident Sam is in for a load of grief (and a large boat payment) for letting his Civic run out of coolant. Meanwhile, down in Connecticut, Wendy's trips to the dog park have become a tad embarrassing, thanks to the "kick the oil can" sound coming from her Yukon after she shuts it off.
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 on The Best of Car Talk, gather round for the greatest road trip story ever told. Dave and his girlfriend drove from Alaska to Minnesota in an overheating Chevy Cavalier with an old campfire grill jammed into the catalytic converter, a crescent wrench with no sockets, and one big zit on Dave's forehead. In more mundane matters, Patrice's VW bus won't start, John Mark's backseat passengers are getting their feet soaked when he makes a turn, and Alana's gas tank is spitting fuel back out after she fills it.
Lidia Bastianich's papal menu, Ruth Reichl on cooking, Emeril Lagasse's essentials, the Sterns.
This week on the Best of Car Talk, Click and Clack answer the desperate plea of a depressed college student. Leah is contemplating the meaning of life and writes to Car Talk seeking answers. (Clearly more competent talk show hosts were busy!) Can Tom and Ray set her straight and help poor Leah find happiness? Meanwhile Hope's massive mutt has taken to riding on top of her pickup, and Paul's daughters are annoyed at his selective hearing.
David Bedford on apples, Molly Birnbaum on mushrooms, Tunde Wey on his Blackness in America dinners, Molly Yeh on her new cookbook
This week, Sue's boyfriend is afraid to get in the car with her due to her long history of accidents, near misses, and traffic violations. Sue insists she's a safe driver, so a full-scale Car Talk intervention may be necessary.Elsewhere, Robin thinks her VW's steering problem calls for an exorcist, but Tom and Ray say an arsonist may be more helpful; Joe may need to choose between a bungee cord and a 2x4 if he doesn't want to spring for a new transmission.
Andrew Zimmern on fat, Adam Rapoport on duck confit, Anya von Bremzen on Russia, Julia Herz on beer.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Andy's car overheated in the desert. With no water on hand, his girlfriend convinced him to use the only liquid available. We're bordering on TMI here, so we'll just say that Andy is now worried about said liquid's acid causing corrosion. Elsewhere, Judy and her Volvo just moved from Los Angeles to Chicago. What does she need to do to winterize her car, and herself?
Paul Freedman on the most important restaurants in American history, Michelle McKenzie on fig leaves, Sylvia Weinstock on her artisan cakes
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Matt's bad day got a little worse when his Volvo fell off the tow truck that was hauling it from an accident. Will Tom and Ray's vast experience dropping cars help Matt figure out if his is still safe to drive? Elsewhere, should Jackie go braless when washing her car? We're talking about the car's bra here, not Jackie's. Also, Peter thinks he has a theremin player living in his car; Barb's smart-aleck son may actually be smarter than she thinks, and much more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
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.
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.
Osayi Endolyn on Hoppin' John and her background, Kurt Soller on the Impossible Burger, Jacques Pépin on chicken, Dan Pashman on the Greensboro Four
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.
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.