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#1411: Potholes and Bowling Balls

Saturday, March 15, 2014

This week on Car Talk, pothole season is in full swing. After her Toyota was almost swallowed by one crater, Sara's wondering what happens to the departed asphalt. Elsewhere, Steve drove over a bowling ball outside a topless bar, which sounds like a great joke set-up, but the punchline could be very expensive. Also, Shanthi is ready to buy a car, but has no place to park it. Does she need to move, or should she forget about the car and keep mooching rides from her friends? And, how can Johanna make sure her summer of teepee living doesn't start with her car getting washed away by spring flooding?  All this and more, this week on Car Talk.

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Car Talk

#1409: The Curly Package

Saturday, March 01, 2014

This week on Car Talk, did Howard get the special Three Stooges option on his Lincoln, or is there another reason why it sounds like Curly whenever he gets out of the car. Elsewhere, Tom got conflicting advice on his Taurus' flashing oil light, and he's wondering who's the genius, and who's the quack. So, who better to ask than two genius quacks? Also, John's Land Cruiser may need a new steering box, or his mechanic may just be looking for another John-funded trip to Vegas; and on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Betsy's truck was really spewing gas because of mud chiggers. All this, plus how one listener's attempt to solve the Puzzler resulted in a police house call, this week on Car Talk.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Philip Galanes on Gossip

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Many of us can't resist a juicy bit of gossip, but talking about people behind their backs has caused a lot of problems, hurt feelings, and heartache. New York Times Social Q’s columnist Philip Galanes gives advice on how to deal with gossip! He’ll answer listener questions about gossip among friends and family, and at work. Galanes is the New York Times Social Q’s columnist and author of Social Q's: How to Survive the Quirks, Quandaries and Quagmires of Today.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Galanes on Gossip; Poet Billy Collins; Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems

Thursday, January 23, 2014

On today’s show: New York Times Social Q’s columnist Philip Galanes tackles your questions and quandaries about gossip! Billy Collins, two-term Poet Laureate of the United States talks about his first compilation of work in 12 years. Scholar Martha Werner and artist Jen Bervin talk about a new book of Emily Dickinson’s poems that she wrote on scraps of envelopes.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: How to Survive the Holidays

Friday, November 22, 2013

Philip Galanes gives advice on how to survive the holidays—awkward holiday office parties, hosting guests, gift-giving, and all kinds of difficult family dynamics.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Advice Roulette

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Another installment of our occasional open-phones segment Radio Advice Roulette - listeners asking each other 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.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Philip Galanes on Social Etiquette and Pets

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Love your friends but hate their dog? Should you warn guests with allergies that you have a cat? Philip Galanes offers advice for dealing with pets in social situations. He's the New York Times Social Q’s columnist and author of Social Q's: How to Survive the Quirks, Quandaries and Quagmires of Today.

Do you have questions about social etiquette and pets? Or do you have a story to share? Let us know—leave a comment!

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Calming Down Parenting

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Matt Gross and Theodore Ross, co-founders of the parenting blog Dad Wagon and regular contributors to TheAtlantic.com, talk about the "CTFD" school of parenting and whether its a good idea or a disaster-in-the-making.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ask Dear Prudence's Emily Yoffe: The Personal and Professional Divide

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Emily Yoffe, Dear Prudence columnist for Slate, takes listener questions for the last time on the show this summer on thorny ethical issues and offers her advice.

This week, she'll take questions on issues that come up when your personal life and your professional life collide. 

  • Need advice?  Post your question in the comments below.
  • Have advice for your fellow listeners? Post it below!

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Philip Galanes Gives Advice to Houseguests and Hosts

Friday, July 19, 2013

Summer is a big time for travel, and hosting guests and visiting others can raise some tricky questions about manners and etiquette. Philip Galanes offers advice for house guests and hosts! He's the New York Times Social Q’s columnist and author of Social Q's: How to Survive the Quirks, Quandaries and Quagmires of Today.

Do you have questions about being a house guest or hosting a house guest? Or do you have a disaster story to share? Let us know—leave a comment!

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ask Dear Prudence: Intergenerational Conflict

Thursday, July 18, 2013

All this month, Emily Yoffe, Dear Prudence columnist for Slate takes listeners' questions on thorny ethical and etiquette questions and offers her advice.

This week we'll talk about the relationships between adults and their parents. One listener asks what to do when your mother posts comments on your blog. If you have a thorny question for us to consider, ask it here.

  • Have advice about this situation? Post it below!
  • Need advice?  Post your own dilemma here and maybe you'll join Emily on the air next week!

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    The Brian Lehrer Show

    Health Care Cost; Mayoral Legacies; Dear Prudie Advice

    Thursday, July 18, 2013

    Jack Hidary, an independent candidate running for New York City mayor, talks about his decision to join the race without the backing of a party. Plus: WNYC’s Fred Mogul explains why health insurance prices may drop for individuals purchasing plans in New York State when the new health care exchanges go into effect this fall; the history and legacies of modern New York City mayors; and advice from Slate’s Emily Yoffe, aka Dear Prudence, on conflicts between adult children and their parents.  

    The Brian Lehrer Show

    Ask Dear Prudence: Marriage and Infidelity

    Thursday, July 11, 2013

    Emily Yoffe, Dear Prudence columnist for Slate, takes your questions on thorny ethical and etiquette questions, and offers her advice.

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    The Brian Lehrer Show

    Ask Dear Prudence: Exposed Strangers

    Thursday, June 27, 2013

    This summer Emily Yoffe, also known as the Dear Prudence advice columnist for Slate, takes listener questions on thorny ethical and etiquette questions and offers her advice.

    This week: how do you let a stranger know he or she is accidentally exposing a body part...that is not usually exposed? Think an unzipped fly or a see-through shirt. 

    • Have advice about this situation? Post it below. 
    • Need advicePost your own dilemma here and maybe you'll join Emily on the air next week! Or give us a call during the show at 212-433-9692.

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    The Brian Lehrer Show

    Whitey Bulger; UFT Endorsement; Ask Dear Prudence

    Thursday, June 20, 2013

    Slate contributor Seth Stevenson gives an update on the trial of mobster James “Whitey” Bulger and describes what it was like growing up in Boston during the Bulger era. Then, Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, talks about the mayoral candidate the UFT endorsed. Plus: cities may be the solution to the world’s problems; Alvaro Vargas Llosa’s take on the current immigration debate; and advice columnist Emily Yoffe, who writes the Dear Prudence column for Slate, offers advice to listeners.  

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    The Brian Lehrer Show

    Ask Dear Prudence: Splitting A Check

    Thursday, June 20, 2013

    All this month, Emily Yoffe, Dear Prudence columnist for Slate takes listeners questions on thorny ethical and etiquette questions and offers her advice.

    This week: Does "hosting" imply picking up the tab for restaurant meals and is there a good way to handle check-splitting when people of different means ... and different tastes are involved?  

    • Have advice about this situation? Post it below!
    • Need advice?  Post your own dilemma here and maybe you'll join Emily on the air next week!

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    The Brian Lehrer Show

    Need Advice? Ask Emily Yoffe

    Wednesday, June 19, 2013

    Slate's advice columnist, Emily Yoffe, aka Dear Prudence, will be answering your manners and morals questions and offering her advice throughout the summer on the Brian Lehrer Show. Our plan is to take an advice question from one of you each week and put you on the air with Emily. We'll also gather advice for you from other listeners too. So if you would like to be that person who gets to ask the question, please ask your question here in the comments section. (Reminder: If you'd like to remain anonymous, just choose a fake name. But we would want you to come on the air, so include your real email address so we can get in touch with you. Your email address will not be public.)

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    The Leonard Lopate Show

    Philip Galanes Answers Your Wedding Etiquette Questions

    Wednesday, June 05, 2013

    Summer is wedding season, and along with celebration can come some pretty tricky situations for wedding guests and the happy couple. Philip Galanes is here to help! He's the New York Times Social Q’s columnist and author of Social Q's: How to Survive the Quirks, Quandaries and Quagmires of Today.

    Share your wedding etiquette questions!

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    The Leonard Lopate Show

    Wedding Advice; Four Seasons in Afghanistan; Federico Garcia Lorca in New York; The Billionaire's Apprentice

    Wednesday, June 05, 2013

    Weddings can come with all kinds of potential social disasters, and New York Times Social Q’s columnist Philip Galanes is here to answer your wedding etiquette questions! Anna Badkhen tells what kept drawing her back to Afghanistan after she covered the war there in 2001. Frederico Garcia Lorca’s niece Laura Garcia Lorca and editor Christopher Maurer discusses Poet in New York and the Lorca Festival going on now in New York. Plus, a look at the rise of Indian Americans to the top ranks of American business—and the fall of Galleon founder Raj Rajaratnam who was convicted of conspiracy and securities fraud in 2011.