Saturday, June 21, 2014
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? Elsewhere, Paco’s van is stalling on right turns, and his kids are getting tired of having to get out and push; Lani’s trip to the gas staton got a little more exciting when flames shot out of the tank; and, suspense novelist David needs guidance on blowing up his hero’s Aston-Martin. Finally, what does Sylvia Poggioli really say when she hears Tom and Ray besmirching her radio? Find out, this week on Car Talk.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
This week on Car Talk, Click and Clack fork over a diet not to be missed. Spoiler alert.... you're not actually allowed to eat! Then it's off to help Doctor Gary with an ethical conundrum. If he gives his mechanic car advice, can the mechanic start giving Gary medical tips? Carole wants to know what kind of car she should take to Africa, and has an automotive-fashion question: should she stock up on jog bras for the rough roads ahead? And in Phoenix, Caesar gets some help with his love life. All that, plus a spine tingling puzzler, this week on Car Talk.
Friday, June 13, 2014
New York Times Social Q’s columnist Philip Galanes shares his tips for giving and getting advice. Then, Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater discuss starring in “Much Ado About Nothing,” this year’s first Shakespeare in the Park production. Jan Maxwell and playwright Tony Giardina talk about “The City of Conversation,” about a political hostess in the waning days of the Carter Administration. And this week’s Please Explain is all about mosquitos!
Saturday, June 07, 2014
This week on Car Talk, Gary's mother-in-law is blaming him for her car catching fire after he worked on the carburetor. Can Tom and Ray get Gary off the hook, and, more importantly, get his mother-in-law out of his house? Elsewhere, Barry's noticing a plethora of dead bugs on his windshield, and thinks driving faster should reduce the casulaty rate. Also, Denise may have bitten off more than she can chew by giving into her mid-life-crisis impulse buy of a vintage Volvo; Alan is considering a sitz bath to get his truck to start shifting; and Darlene can't decide which bubble-headed friend's advice to follow on filling her gas tank, so she's turning to two more bubble-heads. All this, plus one listener's rebuttal to Melissa Peterson, and lots more, this week on Car Talk.
Friday, June 06, 2014
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
On today’s show: Atif Mian explains why severe recessions continue to happen and whether we could have prevented the Great Recession and its consequences. Jazz guitarist Bill Frisell talks about his upcoming album, “Guitar in the Space Age!” and about performing at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Larry Smith, the founder of Six-Word Memoirs, kicks off the Six-Word Twitter Festival with this challenge: What’s the best advice you’ve given or received—in six words? Howard French discusses how China has become a major investor in Africa.
Monday, May 19, 2014
Philip Galanes says breaking up with someone by text message is a no-no. He gives advice and answers questions on the best ways to handle breakups. Lexicographer Paul Dickson tells us about the many words we use every day that were invented by writers. And we’ll hear stories from a man who drove a taxi in New York for 30 years.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
This week on Car Talk, Tom and Ray say they've never met a noise they didn't like, but that's before they encountered the odd thumping sound Janet's truck is making. And then there's the sound of their dear Mom Elizabeth, calling to celebrate Mother's day by complaining about her sons' poor gift selections. Elsewhere, from the Questionable Ideas department, Mark wants to use his Ford Tempo to tow a trailer from Dallas to Pennsylvania; Jonathan is considering using a turkey baster to drain his car's power steering fluid; and Missy's 18-year old son wants to buy an Audi Quattro to keep on campus at Boston University. All this, plus the best college application essay ever, and lots more, this week on Car Talk.
Philip Galanes on Getting Along with Siblings; Looting Antiquities in Egypt; Novelist Yiyun Li; Al and Larry Ubell
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
New York Times Social Q’s columnist Philip Galanes tackles your questions about dealing with siblings. Egyptian archaeologist Dr. Monica Hanna explains how she’s using Twitter to help protect and preserve her country’s ancient treasures. Yiyun Li talks about her latest novel, Kinder Than Solitude. And Al and Larry Ubell, our gurus of how-to, share their tips and answer questions on home repair and maintenance.
Saturday, April 05, 2014
This week on Car Talk, one listener's tribute to Tommy's dearly departed Dodge Dart will have William Wordsworth rolling over in his grave. "For in the spot where Dart once sat, there's now but oil stains." Later, Tom and Ray try to rescue a spoon trapped in one car's vents, and a 20-dollar bill trapped in a driver's door; and, on a slighlty more urgent note, they try to keep Eric's engine from disintegrating. Elsewhere, Doug might become the Chuck Yeager of CV joints if he doesn't mind the risk of getting stuck on a railroad track; and can Environmental Studies major Carl do anything to ease his guilt over driving two ginormous gas guzzlers? All this and more, this week on Car Talk.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
This week on Car Talk, all good things must come to an end. So too, must all pieces of junk, as Tommy's beloved Dodge Dart finally heads to the crusher. Find out what caused its way-beyond-timely demise. Elsewhere, Fred decided to do a good deed and close the door of a stranger's parked truck. Unfortunately, a half hour later said truck caught on fire. Is Fred an unwitting arsonist? Also, Dr. Kenny takes a break from surgery to find out why his car's brakes have a mind of their own; and Monica's husband may need electroshock therapy to stop his odd behavior at stop lights. All this, plus a round of Stump the Chumps, and lots more, this week on Car Talk.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Another installment of our occasional feature - radio advice roulette! Listeners, ask your fellow listeners for advice live on the radio. Here's how it works: If you need advice on anything, anything at all, call 212-433-9692 and we'll pair you with a fellow WNYC listener. The catch? Before you get to ask for advice from someone, you have to give advice to another caller.