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#1451: Excellence in Worthlessness

Saturday, December 20, 2014

This week on Car Talk, Tom and Ray are honored with the first (and probably last) award for Excellence in Worthlessness. They immediately prove themselves worthy, by dodging Dodie’s question about overdrive on her Nissan, and instead focusing on the two sons who didn’t help buy her the car. And, Rebecca’s BMW’s noise is less intriguing than why she broke up with the boyfriend who gave it to her. Also, how steamer trunks helped derail Steve’s plan to restore a vintage Buick; And, why holiday overeating may not be such a bad idea. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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AMA Bonus: Christmas Is Coming

Friday, December 19, 2014

Sing along in a round with Jonathan Coulton and Oscar-winning Frozen songwriters Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Happy holidays! In other news, you just learned what a ha'penny is. Because you heard it in the song, and Googled it. You're welcome.

Hear the full 2014 Holiday Spectacular episode on iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn and askmeanother.npr.org.

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Holiday Spectacular 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

This show's stuffed tighter than a Christmas turkey, with festive food trivia, song parodies and reindeer games galore. Plus Frozen's composers take on a Mariah Carey classic (you know the one).

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AMA Bonus: Spectacular Wrongness

Monday, December 15, 2014

It's the most wonderful time of year: the Ask Me Another Holiday Spectacular! This year, we want to celebrate our contestants by highlighting those who give us the wrong answers, but do it in spectacular style. So next time you don't know the right answer, just take a cue from these fine folks. 

Hear the full Holiday episode starting Thursday, December 18th. 

Music: "I Don't Know How To Drive" by Julian Velard. "Ask Me Another Theme" by Jonathan Coulton.

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#1450: How to Calm An Angry Co-Host

Saturday, December 13, 2014

This week on Car Talk, have Tom and Ray found a more productive way to settle their disagreements than, “You moron”? Find out as they differ over whether John should dump his family’s beloved Chevy before its hyper-sensitive brakes send the family dental bills into 7 figures. Elsehwere, Phil’s wife thinks she’d be less paranoid about her car breaking down if she was married to a mechanic; Dennis is looking for a non-combative gesture to let other drivers know he’s sorry for cutting them off; and after a year of listening to her Volvo moan Alice has decided it’s finally time to figure out what’s ailing it. All this, plus some gift ideas straight from the floors of Car Talk Plaza, and lots more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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J. Cole: 'It Ain't Enough Of Us Trying'

Friday, December 12, 2014

"I want to get whatever's on my chest off my chest when it feels right," says the rapper, who makes songs that turn the personal into the political.

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This Birbiglian Life

Thursday, December 11, 2014

(Rebroadcast) You're in for a hilarious religious experience this week, as our Very Important Puzzler, comedian Mike Birbiglia, shares some bizarre personal tales, including why he once considered becoming a priest.

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Rick Ross: 'It Was Just So Powerful To Me'

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

"What really blowed my mind was the way it unified a room full of people," says the Miami rapper, about his earliest memories of hip-hop. "That's what we all have in common."

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#1449: Dee's Hot Seat

Saturday, December 06, 2014

This week on Car Talk, Dee is freezing her butt off now that winter is here. Can Click and Clack help her toast her tush in her Dodge Durango? Sybil has a vexing noise, and becomes a garage apprentice as she heads out to the driveway to make the diagnosis. Meanwhile, Craig wants to know, what’s the deal with gas tanks and why can’t they all be on the same side? Jessica is hoping her Audi can be fixed so she doesn’t have to make it through winter on her boyfriend’s scooter. And David. Poor David. His Honda Accord is sending him to financial ruin. If he coughed up another eight cents a day, could he really be in a new car? All that, plus some earth shattering research on parking spaces, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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Coupe De Grace

Thursday, December 04, 2014

This week on the show, break the rules of spelling, sing along to our re-write of Lorde's "Royals" (that is about actual royalty), and, if it pleases the court, test your knowledge of cliché legal phrases with star of Benched and Happy Endings, Eliza Coupe. 

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#1448: The Chunk in the Trunk

Saturday, November 29, 2014

This week on The Best of Car Talk, did Tom and Ray help Dana and her friend remove a chunk of the Berlin Wall from his Dad’s BMW? Dana’s back for a round of Stump the Chumps. Spoiler alert: the word “Dummkopfs” is used. Elsewhere, David thinks his Volvo is giving him Legionnaire’s Disease; Glenn has mice living in his Miata, and fears he’ll have to bring them along on his road trip from New Orleans to Oregon. And, Leanne is hearing a horrible grinding noise when she uses her new key in her husband’s Pathfinder. Is it coming from the car or her husband’s teeth? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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Eat, Play, Love

Thursday, November 27, 2014

(Rebroadcast, Episode 307) Eat, pray and love your way through games about Italian foods, oddly-named deities and the best part of any newspaper--the funny pages--with V.I.P. and bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert.

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Remembering D.C. Mayor Marion Barry

Monday, November 24, 2014

Mayor Barry, who died Sunday at the age of 78, leaves behind a complicated legacy. He faced personal scandals, but he's also remembered as a trailblazing civil rights leader.

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#1447: The 3-Speed Potter's Wheel

Saturday, November 22, 2014

This week on Car Talk, can Jim use an old car transmission as a potter’s wheel? Reverse could come in handy next time he mis-throws a pot. Elsewhere, Cindy’s friends say her Mercedes is scaring off prospective dates with guys whose cars aren’t as nice as hers; grad student Christine’s parents offered her a free Buick station wagon, but Christine can’t decide if the embarrassment of driving it is too costly; and we meet Tom and Ray’s new BFF—Sal, the quintessential New Yorker. Sal is a retired mailman, but he may still have to get up at the crack of dawn this winter if he wants his car to move. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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Let's Do This Thing

Thursday, November 20, 2014

(Rebroadcast Episode 314) Make groan-worthy puns about Shaquille O'Neal, sing commercial jingles in Italian, and test your knowledge of rap music with comedian and television writer Hannibal Buress.

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The Secret & Disturbing History of Washington D.C.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Today, Washington D.C. is mostly seen as an orderly layout of marble government buildings. But one historian says that the nation's capital was once a chaotic and disturbing city.

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#1446: Stop and Smell the Antifreeze

Saturday, November 15, 2014

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Alan thinks his Mercedes came with a 100,000-mile, self-destruct program. It’s suffered a series of problems since the odometer rolled over and, with the Check Engine light now linked to his MasterCard account, Alan thinks it may be time to move on. Elsewhere, Fred lied to his wife about loving his friend’s new car, and was punished by receiving the same car as a birthday present. Should he ‘fess up and risk the consequences, or suffer for the next 150,000 miles? Also, do Tom and Ray have enough liability insurance to help Keri soup up her Hornet scooter so she can win a rematch against a Vespa? All this and more, this week on Car Talk.

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AMA Bonus: Miracleman, Issue #26

Friday, November 14, 2014

Neil Gaiman says that he is working on issue #26 of Miracleman, the lapsed comic series he worked on in the 1990s with artist Mark Buckingham. Rumors have flown around the comics community for years — here, he confirms that the series shall return. 

Plus, hear what happens when Neil attempts to classify his writing. It's nearly impossible. 

Hear the full episode with VIP Neil Gaiman, "The Model of a Modern Major Game Show," now.

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The Model Of A Modern Major Game Show

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Ask Me Another dons its mask and cape for a super special episode recorded live at New York Comic Con Super Week. In this love letter to comic book nerds and the people who love them, author Neil Gaiman sings 19th century operettas, stumps his fans, and discusses his fandoms: beekeeping, and Gilbert & Sullivan.

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AMA Bonus: Love and Neil Gaiman's The Sandman

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Author Neil Gaiman explains to Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg why his comic book series The Sandman is the only sexually transmitted comic in the world.

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