Car Talk

#1421: My Dog Hates You Too

Saturday, May 24, 2014

We stopped tallying the hate mail we've received at Car Talk years ago. But one letter still remains on top of our pile of vituperative missives: this week's offering from one Melissa Peterson, a.k.a., "That Little Twerp." Maybe it was her need to let us know that her dog hates our show as much as she does. But Tom and Ray will soldier on, despite Melissa's wrath, and try to convince Gloria that shutting off her car while going 80 miles per hour is not a great way to address its acceleration problems. Elsewhere, Tracy wants to blame her mom for her Civic's electrical system going wacko; and Tammy is trying without success to convince her husband that Boston drivers aren't the worst in the world. And, can Evan find a car with a gas pedal that won't destroy his knee? All this and more, this week, on Car Talk.


On The Media

OK, Maybe we jumped the gun on the whole Google Glass thing

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Last week, PJ wrote an excellent article comparing early aesthetic critiques of Google Glass to those of the Sony's Walkman. The point was that all technology looks ridiculous and impractical until it becomes useful, and then it's basically indespensible. But cartoonist and journalist Susie Cagle pointed out on her Twitter feed that early Glass adopters may not be finding them all that useful.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: Prog Bots Into Darkness Edition

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and June Thomas talk "Star Trek" with Matt Yglesias, discuss the new Daft Punk album "Random Access Memories" and debate the mind-numbing qualities of Google glass.


Studio 360

The (Viral) Glass Menagerie

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Working with virologists and glassblowers, Luke Jerram creates striking and delicate representations of some of the most deadly pathogens known to man: HIV, swine flu, SARS.
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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: "There Are Some Broke Down People Out There" Edition

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner and Dana Stevens discuss the TLC show "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo", the Mike Birbiglia / This American Life film "Sleepwalk with Me", and the phenomenon of viral video marriage proposals.


The Leonard Lopate Show

Glass Lab on Governor's Island

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the studio glass movement in the United States, and to celebrate, the Corning Museum of Glass has built a mobile Glass Lab, which is traveling around the country giving free glassblowing demonstrations and working with designers to create unique forms in glass. This month it's been at Governors Island, working with designers from the Cooper-Hewitt exhibit there. Master glassblower Eric Meek and with designer Harry Allen tell us about the program and about how to blow glass.

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Look | Artists Design Blown Glass on Governors Island

Friday, June 29, 2012

From Saturday through July 29, graphic artists, with the help of professional glassblowers, will try out their designs on glass even if they've never worked with the material before. See a slideshow of glassmaking on Governors Island.


The Truth

Tape Delay

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The recording doesn't lie. Performed by Ed Herbstman & Tami Sagher, with Libby Geroge & Christian Paluck. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell, written by Jonathan Mitchell, Ed Herbstman, & Melanie Hoopes. Originally produced for This American...



Iconic Steuben Glass in Upstate NY Shutters After a Century

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Steuben Glass of Corning, N.Y., officially closed its doors this week after more than a century in business. The brand Steuben became synonymous with luxury in the early part of the 20th century but gradually lost the cache necessary to compete in today's marketplace other than as high-end collectibles.

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