Car Talk

#1426: The Sleek Black Beauty

Saturday, June 28, 2014

This week on Car Talk, Tom recounts a day that will live in Magliozzi family infamy-when Ray sent his beloved 1965 AMC Ambassador, a.k.a., "The Sleek Black Beauty," to the crusher. Elsewhere, Ron's check engine light has been on for 75,000 miles, and he's beginning to think it might be time to figure out what's causing it; Ellen's looking for an intervention to help cure her fiancé of his non-stop shopping for performance add-ons for their Blazer; and, can Casey's career as a bagpipe maker help rid his car of garter snakes? And, from the Department of Gender Numismatics, why do women pay for things with change and men don't? All this and lots more, this week on Car Talk.


On The Media

Russian Media Tropes, At Home and Abroad

Friday, March 21, 2014

Michael McFaul has just returned to Stanford University after a couple of tumultuous years in Moscow as the U.S. ambassador to Russia. He talks with Brooke about the tropes he saw in the Russian media while he was there, and what he's noticed in the American media since he's been back.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Algeria and Mali Update

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Herman Cohen, director of the Africa Project at the National Committee on American Foreign Policy and former assistant secretary of state for Africa, discusses the conflict in Mali that escalated with the hostage-taking in Algeria.

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Adlai Stevenson, Presidential Hopeful, Woos Voters and Patriots

Wednesday, January 02, 2013


The Democratic nominee, Adlai Stevenson, addresses the 1952 American Legion convention at Madison Square Garden in New York.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Dr. Sujay, Ambassador-at-Large

Friday, April 29, 2011

Suzan Johnson Cook, minister and newly confirmed U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom and author of Becoming a Woman of Destiny: Turning Life's Trials into Triumphs!, talks about her work advising the president and State Department on religious freedom.

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The Takeaway

Pentagon to Release Review of War Effort in Afghanistan

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Pentagon will release its highly awaited review of U.S. policy in Afghanistan today. Early leaks from the report indicate that some progress has been made in President Obama's stated goal of defeating al-Qaida in Afghanistan. But The Washington Post reports a high-level U.S. official says Pakistan is failing to pursue insurgents who cross the border into Afghanistan and then retreat into Pakistani territory. We talk to Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, the former Pakistani ambassador to the U.K., for more on the story. 

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On Being

John Danforth — Conservative Politics and Moderate Religion [remix]

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Politics driven by a religious agenda, Danforth says, is true neither to his understanding of Christian faith nor to the traditional values of the Republican party. This veteran politician speaks about the values that have helped him navigate the line bet