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#1444: His and Her Trailers

Saturday, November 01, 2014

This week on Car Talk, Wendy’s husband wants to rent two trailers to move their belongings across the country. That’s all well and good for his truck, but will it destroy her Accord? Elsewhere, J.D. just lost his girlfriend, and may be about to lose his beloved van, too. Can Tom and Ray help him save either one? Also, budding acupuncturist Jody wants to quiet her car by finding its chi; Jane wants to buy a stretch limo to drive around town in, but everyone thinks she’s nuts— except her grandkids, and Tommy; and how did Scott’s Ford Focus move across a Home Depot parking lot while he was shopping? All this, plus listener theories on in-car  “Nasal Decloggery," and lots more, this week on Car Talk.

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The Takeaway

Lobbyists Aim to Charm State Attorneys General

Thursday, October 30, 2014

More lax disclosure requirements and revolving-door restrictions have allowed lobbyists and lawyers to have more access to try to sway the opinion of state attorneys general.

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AMA Bonus: Lobster Pee, The Best Piece of Trivia You Learned This Week

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

In the debut segment of "The Best Piece Of Trivia You Learned This Week," find out whether lobsters actually pee out of their faces. Share with us the best piece of trivia YOU learned this week by visiting our Facebook or Twitter pages: facebook.com/NPRAskMeAnother | twitter.com/NPRAskMeAnother.

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Car Talk

#1443: Men Who Pick

Saturday, October 25, 2014

This week on Car Talk, Jill has noticed a raft of men picking their noses in their cars. Is this topic too juvenile and tasteless even for Tom and Ray? Are you kidding? Tune in as they dive deep to try to explain why a man’s car is his nostril's sanctuary. In matters a bit more serious, Paul’s car is smoking like a chimney,and he’s hoping to find the right additive cocktail that will get it through to spring; Bernie and Rollie’s test drive at a dealer ended with an encounter with a light pole, and now the dealer is trying to get them to pay for the damage; and is Jenny or her budding bryologist fiance right about her Civic’s starting problem? All this and lots more, this week on Car Talk.

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AMA Bonus: Lake Street Dive Hearts The 90s

Friday, October 24, 2014

In this podcast bonus, enjoy the full version of Lake Street Dive's VIP Challenege, including two extra questions that didn't make it to air. Jonathan Coulton performs some radio hits from the 1990s, but butchers the lyrics. It's up to band members Rachael Price, Bridget Kearney, Mike Calabrese and Mike "McDuck" Olson (and you) to correct them.

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Lake Street Dive Bar Trivia

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Soul-pop band Lake Street Dive reveals how they kill time on their tour bus: singing '90s hits, playing songs on balloons and a game called “Guess Butt.” Plus, hear some tunes played live off their album Bad Self Portraits.

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Car Talk

#1442: Door Tied Shut

Saturday, October 18, 2014

This week on Car Talk, Melissa’s driver’s door wouldn’t stay shut. So she ran to the nearest body shop, right? Um, no—she tied the door to the seat, and has been climbing in through the passenger seat for the last several weeks. Is it time for a Car Talk Cheapskate Intervention? Elsewhere, Colleen’s Dad told her she couldn’t drive his car because he had to break in its new brakes. Was this really a mechanic’s order, or could it be Dad’s way of telling Colleen he thinks she’s a lousy driver? Also, will a flush remove the debris that might be the only thing keeping Reed’s transmission from falling apart? And, if Katie thinks she has gas that’s too old for her cheap camp stove, why on earth is she considering dumping it into her $20,000 car? All this, and lots more, this week on Car Talk.

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#1441: Two Tanks in Every Trunk

Sunday, October 12, 2014

This week on Car Talk, Cheryl’s brother has a brilliant solution to his rotting gas tank that could set the entire state of New Jersey on fire—but does that make his idea any less brilliant? Elsewhere, Mike wants to drive his truck into the ground. Oh wait, the truck's "belt habit" might have already beat him to it. Tamara is considering dumping her beloved Vanagon for a car with modern conveniences, like a horn; and, can Jim make it through a New England winter in a Civic with no heat, and no dashboard?  All this and lots more, this week on Car Talk.

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AMA Bonus: Top Chef's Weirdest Dishes

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

After 11 seasons and many spin-offs, Top Chef judge Gail Simmons has tried a lot of different dishes. "A lot" is actually an understatement. In this podcast extra, host Ophira Eisenberg wanted to know about the worst and the weirdest. 

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Car Talk

#1440: The Twerp, The Geek, and the Swinger

Saturday, October 04, 2014

This week on Car Talk, Melissa Peterson (a.k.a., “That Little Twerp”) returns with another helpful Car Talk critique. How can Tom and Ray manage to be hippies and geeks at the same time? Elsewhere, Quentin needs to decide whether to take his grandfather’s Dodge Dart Swinger, or keep his blood pressure regulated by just taking Grandpa’s hat from the front seat. Also, Beth’s trailblazing adventure left her Jetta missing a few parts she hopes are non-essential; newly unemployed Bernadette is considering a move from one non-profit to another by entering the world of auto-repair, and on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Geoff’s noise really was the sound of one pad slapping. All this and more, this week on Car Talk.

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#1439: The Hyperbaric Chamber of Love

Saturday, September 27, 2014

This week on Car Talk, is Scott obligated to marry his girlfriend, after she passed out from carbon monoxide poisoning in his Land Cruiser? Elsewhere, Ginny and her husband disagree over the optimal speed to drive on a road populated with frogs without croaking them (sorry). Also, a year of a flashing brake lights and noisy brakes has convinced Jim his van may have a brake problem; Camille may have to purge her key ring to save her Golf; and will this week’s Puzzler Answer give Tom and Ray yet another F in Physics? Find out, this week on Car Talk.

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#1438: A Bad Case of Witzelsucht

Saturday, September 20, 2014

This week on Car Talk, Tom and Ray delve into the complexity of the mother-daughter relationship. Since they fit into neither category, fortunately their own Mom and sister both weigh in. All of this is prompted by Nancy’s ill-advised decision to tell her adult daughter she waited too long to rotate her tires. Elsewhere, Herbert loves his VW, except for its annoying habit of bursting into flames; Ronnie Sue’s underwear came to the rescue when she burst a heater hose; and can all of Tom and Ray’s behavior be symptoms of an obscure German medical condition called “Witzelsucht”? All this and more, this week on Car Talk.

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The Takeaway

What You Need to Know In the Run Up to Mid-Term Elections

Monday, September 15, 2014

We're in the final stretch ahead of the mid-term elections. To take stock of the issues that could determine the future of Congress, we turn to Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich.

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Car Talk

#1437: The Twin Schwinn Blowout

Saturday, September 13, 2014

This week on Car Talk, Darlene’s bumpy road-trip prompts Ray to remember his explosive lesson about the dangers of over-inflated tires. Elsewhere, Cynthia hopes Tom and Ray can settle her brothers’ tug-of-war over a vintage Camaro, but it’s more likely they’ll just add a Magliozzi family feud to the mix. Also, Bill’s steering wheel is re-enacting “Ghostbusters” by oozing an odd substance; Marsha’s wondering if adding oil to her coolant is the end of the world, or at least the end of her Previa; and on Stump the Chumps, we find out if marriage cured Ellen’s fiance of his high-performance add-on addiction. All this, plus the return of the Puzzler, and lots more, this week on Car Talk.

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PRI's The World

The US war on ISIS will look a lot like the American role in Yemen and Somalia

Thursday, September 11, 2014

When the US responded to terrorism after 9/11, it used troops and massive force in the Middle East. The new war declared last night by President Obama against the terrorist organization know as the Islamic State, or ISIS or ISIL, will look very different.

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Car Talk

#1436: The Spaceman Cometh

Saturday, September 06, 2014

This week on Car Talk, former Red Sox pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee plays a round of Stump the Chumps. Find out if Tom and Ray helped get Bill’s BMW running, or thrown one way over the backstop. Elsewhere, Jeff promised his girlfriend he’d get a driver’s license this Summer. The calendar has turned, and Jeff is still sans license, so what he needs now is a good excuse. Also, Ashley loves her Beetle, but it may be killing her with CO poisoning; Chris wants to know how big a dope slap to give her husband for keeping the heat on during a six-hour drive in 96 degree temperatures; and can Tom and Ray do any better diagnosing a broken lawnmower than they did on electric brakes? Well, they couldn’t do worse, right? All this and more, this week on Car

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#1435: Richard, His Goats, and Doris

Saturday, August 30, 2014

This week on Car Talk, Richard the Goat Rescuer’s new pals like to climb on things—including cars, and especially Richard’s girlfriend’s Alfa Romeo. Does Richard need to turn to shock therapy to ground the goats and save his relationship? Elsewhere, Jeff’s Isuzu needs a new engine, but Jeff is worried that a transplant will irrevocably change his car’s soul. Can Tom and Ray provide some divine guidance on this existential-automotive conundrum? Also, Helena and her husband found a dream used car with one idiosyncrasy—it only goes in Reverse. Good thing it came with a spare transmission in the trunk. And, guess what turned up in a government auction—Sonja Henie’s tutu! Find out how, this week on Car Talk

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The Takeaway

‘House of Cards’ Vs. ‘VEEP’: What Washington Insiders Really Think

Monday, August 25, 2014

Television loves Washington, and apparently so do viewers. We asked some inside-the-Beltway experts how 'VEEP' and 'House of Cards' stack up.  

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Car Talk

#1434: Foreign Accent Syndrome

Saturday, August 23, 2014

This week on Car Talk, a Massachusetts man begins speaking with a French accent after an accident. Thus we are introduced to Foreign Accent Syndrome, a neurological oddity which Tommy will be happy to explain, if he can ever stop laughing. Elsewhere, what goes in, must come out—unless ”it” is a piece of the Berlin Wall, stuffed into the trunk of a BMW.  A few thousand miles away, John is having the opposite problem—his Bronco’s dipstick refuses to stay in. Also, should Julie fess up about her fender bender in the family van? And, Crystie dropped a nail into her gas tank, and is worried about an explosion. Her mechanic and the Chevy dealer refuse to take her seriously—and she thinks Tom and Ray will? Find out, this week on Car Talk.

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Car Talk

#1433: The Male Automotive Ego

Saturday, August 16, 2014

This week on Car Talk, Emily dared to correctly diagnose her male friend's car problem (the horror!) but did her automotive intelligence ruin a potential relationship? Elsewhere, Ted’s solution to his van’s leaky exhaust may win a prize for modern sculpture, but will it also kill his engine? Also, Linda needs to use a hair dryer to start her car in weat weather; and from the “be careful what you wish for” department, Jeff wants to get his reluctant 18-year old son to start driving or risk never getting a date. Finally, yet another philosophical theory that explains Tom and Ray: “learned ignorance.” All this and more, this week on Car Talk.

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