This week on Car Talk, will James and his fiancee incur the wrath of Miss Manners and their families by registering for gifts at Louie's Lexus rather than Chafing Dishes R Us? Elsewhere, Puzzler Master Will Shortz is having trouble starting his Saab. Will Tom and Ray trade a diagnosis for the answer to 9 Down? Also, Mike may need a gregarious gullible geek to help figure out why his car is creaking; Susan's brother hit new heights of bogosity by trying to convince her she's freezing in his car because it's too efficient; and can Eric spend his summer driving the Alcan highway with his dad and sister, and remain on speaking on terms with either one? All this and more, this week on Car Talk.
(Rebroadcast, Episode 215) Word nerds, unite! This week's show will whet your appetite for wordplay with a game that mashes up famous names and food items into portmanteaus. Our Very Important Puzzler, comedian and co-creator of The Daily Show Lizz Winstead, is a bonafide game fanatic who shares the definitions of her own, made-up vocabulary, and plays a game about her home state of Minnesota.
In anticipation of our special episode recorded live in San Francisco as part of the comedy festival SF Sketchfest, here’s a taste of host Ophira Eisenberg’s rather salty stand-up set from the evening’s pre-show.
You can hear this episode, featuring VIPs Danny Pudi and Adam Savage, as a podcast starting March 13th, 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.
(Episode 310) It's a trivia lover's dream this week, as our Very Important Puzzler, editor of The World Almanac Sarah Janssen, shares weird and mind-blowing facts from pop culture, politics and beyond.
This week on Car Talk, beloved dog meets beloved car, and the results aren't good, as Will's dog Moses gets car sick in his truck; specifically, into the defroster vents. Can Will remove the chunks and the smell, or does he need to sell the truck to someone with a really bad sense of smell? Elsewhere, Kris' husband is a dedicated recycler. Unfortunately, he insists on crushing cans by driving over them, and the noise has Kris wondering if she needs to recycle her spouse. Also, what could make an already brutal Maine winter even worse? Eric's truck horn, which starts honking in zero degree weather, in the middle of the night. And, can Tom and Ray cure novice mechanic Jeremy of his bolt-breaking habit? All this and more, this week on Car Talk.
(Rebroadcast, Episode 216) Sorry, Beatles fans: This hour, Jonathan Coulton turns some of the Fab Four’s most beloved hits into trivia questions about famous historical figures. Is nothing sacred? We’ll also put the King of Horror’s son, novelist and B-movie aficionado Owen King, in the puzzle hot seat as our V.I.P. Plus: play a game that has nothing to do with the HBO series Game of Thrones, and translate common expressions into medical conditions.When it comes to our contestants, you never know what is going to come out of their alimentary canals.
(Episode 309) What's love got to do with it? A lot, actually. This week we explore those fuzzy feelings between families, couples and a puzzle guru and his games. Plus author and screenwriter Delia Ephron shares tales from the front lines of the romantic comedy business.
(Rebroadcast, Episode 224) Making heads or tails of the ever-changing job market can be a puzzle in and of itself. Luckily, this week's Very Important Puzzlers — Adam Davidson and Alex Blumberg, co-creators of NPR's Planet Money podcast — give the scoop on how they help listeners make sense of the global economy. Plus, a literary twist on blockbuster-style movie trailers, a tribute to city names of yesteryear, and a game all about repeating words for effect...effect...effect.
(Episode 308) In 1955, Variety predicted rock 'n roll would be dead by summer. Boy, were they wrong! We can't predict the future either, but we can invite you to learn the ups and downs of hosting your own TV show, from a comedian who's been there — this week's V.I.P., W. Kamau Bell.
In this podcast extra, comedian W. Kamau Bell shares his rather lively appearance on The View, sharing the spotlight with pop star Taylor Swift and why he was heckled by Barbara Walters.
Google showed off a new version of Google Glass yesterday.
(Rebroadcast, Episode 223) Do you like trivia? Do you enjoy food? This week, you can have your cake and eat it too. Two professional competitive eaters square off in a music round inspired by a certain Twisted Sister song. Our Very Important Puzzler, Bon Appétit editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport, dishes about culinary trends, the scourge of Yelp.com reviews and why he hates giving wine advice. Plus, trivia rounds about nursery rhymes, bad spelling and ironic facts. Find out who's the cream of the crop, and who'll be mincemeat.
In this slightly naughty podcast extra, author Elizabeth Gilbert, reveals some fascinating vocabulary she picked up researching 19th century erotica for her latest novel, The Signature of All Things.
(Episode 307) There’s lots to explore in V.I.P. Elizabeth Gilbert’s adventurous new novel, The Signature of All Things, such as botany and 19th-century erotica. Plus, eat, pray and love your way through games about Italian foods, oddly-named deities and the best part of any newspaper: the funny pages.
(Episode 306) This week’s Very Important Puzzler, designer and potter Jonathan Adler, creates his eye-catching home furnishings much like we aim to design our games — to be colorful, witty and full of joy.
Style guru Simon Doonan graced our stage in Season 1 and gave an interview deemed "too racy for radio." We never intended to air it in full, but it’s too good to keep in the Ask Me Another vault. In this podcast-only extra, hear him reveal what body part Freud compared handbags to, speak in a secret language known as "Palare," and dish out some fashion advice he gleefully calls "demented."