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#1432: Pinkwater and the BMW Owner's Manual

Saturday, August 09, 2014

This week on Car Talk, Daniel Pinkwater opened his BMW owner’s manual, and discovered it included exercise and diet tips. Is BMW being extra thoughtful or do they just want to make sure Daniel stays alive long enough to finish paying off the car?  Elsewhere, Mary Lynn’s husband has been telling her to ignore her car’s scary thumping noise, so she’s hoping to get it fixed while he’s away in China. Also, Reine’s husband may have gotten his wallet flushed along with an unnecessary radiator flush; and Bob’s got a ’65 Ambassador convertible for sale, and heard there might be a radio show host in the market for one. All this and more, this week on Car Talk.

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#1431: The Bet

Saturday, August 02, 2014

This week on Car Talk, the Great Sleek Black Beauty bet is settled, as we find out if Patti’s mom made it from Houston to Boston in her Datsun. Does Ray need to start searching for a ’65 Ambassador, or is Tommy forever banned from uttering the words, “sleek black beauty”? Elsewhere, Jill’s Civic sounds like Frankenstein, and Aron’s Nissan is imitating Larry from the Three Stooges. Also, how can Craig make his minivan more sexy, other than trading it for a Porsche? All this and more, this week on Car Talk.

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#1430: The Andy Letter

Thursday, July 31, 2014

This week on Car Talk, do two people who don’t know what they’re talking about know more or less than one person who doesn’t know what he’s talking about? Andy thinks Tom and Ray’s recent “pas-de-deux of breathaking speculation” on electric brakes may have answered this question definitively. Elsewhere, Evan’s son stuffed a golf ball into her car’s exhaust, and she worried it may land a hole in one right in the middle of her engine; Christine can’t evict a colony of ants living in her car’s headliner; and Todd’s noisy truck gives Tom a chance to re-live his Army days wih the long-suffering Sgt. McNeeley. Also, one listner’s proposal to re-arrange the days of the week—it’s brilliant, even if it does leave us with five Tuesdays. All this and more, this week on Car Talk. 

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#1429: Click and Clack Vs Electric Brakes

Saturday, July 19, 2014

This week on Car Talk, can Tom and Ray help Paul fix the electric brakes on his cattle trailer? Will the fact that they’ve never even heard of electric brakes stand in their way? Of course not! Elsewhere, Kate can’t get her mechanic to take her Acura’s brake problem seriously, and Alice and her husband can’t agree on whether to take the high road or the low road to go visit their daughter. Also,  Marian’s truck is having trouble adjusting to life in Cleveland; Army Captain Rob may have to go AWOL to get out of a Summer road-trip with his in-laws, and should Erin ease her husband’s descent into Minivan Land by letting him keep his BMW? All this and more, this week on Car Talk.

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Transportation Nation

D.C. Streetcars Will Launch in November. Maybe.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The H Street-Benning Road streetcar line, Washington’s first in a half century, will open for passenger service the first week of November at the earliest. Under this best-case scenario, the streetcar would open almost a year after the District had first hoped. 

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Car Talk

#1428: Death Valley Dinesh

Saturday, July 12, 2014

This week on Car Talk, Dinesh is planning to spend his Summer vacation walking across Death Valley. Yes, really. Dinesh is worried about his support cars surviving the 120 degree daytime temps. Can Tom and Ray stop questioning Dinesh’s sanity long enough to advise? Elsewhere, Deb threw her husband’s BMW into Park while it was still moving. Did she do more damage to the car, or her marriage? Also, Steve wins Fun Dad of the Week— but it came with a full spousal dopeslap  for driving across a stream that was deeper than expected; Mary is desperately trying to help her beloved mechanic Herman figure out why her Toyota won’t start; and, is it okay for Art History PhD’s to call themselves “Doctor”? All this and more, this week on Car Talk.

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The Takeaway

Washington Welcomes Recreational Marijuana Sales

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

This November will mark two years since Washington voters legalized recreational marijuana. And today, marijuana dispensaries are finally open across the state. The first licenses were issued yesterday, but this doesn't mean that stores on every corner will be selling marijuana today. In the first wave of licenses that were issued, only about 20 of the 334 applications were granted.

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Car Talk

#1427: The Beemer Smell

Saturday, July 05, 2014

This week on Car Talk, do BMW’s really have a unique aroma, and if so, how come Diane’s husband can smell it while she can’t? Is it only discernible to men on the verge of a mid-life crisis? Elsewhere, Ed’s having trouble shifting his car out of Park, and his solution may give his insurance company an ulcer; and, Tom and Ray try to stop Steven’s mirrors from twitching before he drives into a ditch. Also, how one student’s GPA plummeted after she listened to a single episode of Car Talk; and in an effort to improve inter-species communication, Tom and Ray translate mechanics’ grunts into English. All this and more, this week on Car Talk.

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#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.

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#1425: Mechanics Fantasy Camp

Saturday, June 21, 2014

This week on Car Talk, can Bubba convince his neighbor that he doesn’t need to warm up his diesel monster truck for 30 minutes every morning, and not wind up with said monster truck driving across his front yard? Also, should Wendy dump her bureaucrat boyfriend after his cavalier response to her smoking car? Elsewhere, Paco’s van is stalling on right turns, and his kids are getting tired of having to get out and push; Lani’s trip to the gas staton got a little more exciting when flames shot out of the tank; and, suspense novelist David needs guidance on blowing up his hero’s Aston-Martin. Finally, what does Sylvia Poggioli really say when she hears Tom and Ray besmirching her radio? Find out, this week on Car Talk.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Political Education from the Nixon Years to the Age of Obama

Monday, June 16, 2014

An Washington insider recounts his four decades inside politics.

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Car Talk

#1424: See Food Diet

Saturday, June 14, 2014

This week on Car Talk, Click and Clack fork over a diet not to be missed. Spoiler alert.... you're not actually allowed to eat! Then it's off to help Doctor Gary with an ethical conundrum. If he gives his mechanic car advice, can the mechanic start giving Gary medical tips? Carole wants to know what kind of car she should take to Africa, and has an automotive-fashion question: should she stock up on jog bras for the rough roads ahead? And in Phoenix, Caesar gets some help with his love life. All that, plus a spine tingling puzzler, this week on Car Talk.

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#1423: Dead Bugs and a Burnt T-Bird

Saturday, June 07, 2014

This week on Car Talk, Gary's mother-in-law is blaming him for her car catching fire after he worked on the carburetor. Can Tom and Ray get Gary off the hook, and, more importantly, get his mother-in-law out of his house? Elsewhere, Barry's noticing a plethora of dead bugs on his windshield, and thinks driving faster should reduce the casulaty rate. Also, Denise may have bitten off more than she can chew by giving into her mid-life-crisis impulse buy of a vintage Volvo; Alan is considering a sitz bath to get his truck to start shifting; and Darlene can't decide which bubble-headed friend's advice to follow on filling her gas tank, so she's turning to two more bubble-heads. All this, plus one listener's rebuttal to Melissa Peterson, and lots more, this week on Car Talk.

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The Takeaway

VA Scandal Drives Senators Towards Reform

Thursday, June 05, 2014

The Veterans Affairs scandal has caused outrage across the political spectrum. But lately, Republicans and Democrats alike have been crying for reform. This week, senators are introducing a bill that aims to fix some of the endemic problems with the veteran healthcare system. 

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Storycorps

StoryCorps 376: The Bookmobile

Monday, June 02, 2014

Storm Reyes grew up in migrant farm worker camps outside Tacoma, Washington during the early 1960s. Most of the laborers were, like Storm, Native Americans. They were paid less than one dollar per hour for their work in berry patches and apple orchards throughout the state.

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Car Talk

#1422: Mattress Aerodynamics

Saturday, May 31, 2014

This week on Car Talk, Howard needs to drive a mattress from Boston to “Hunga-Dunga”, and wants to know how to keep it from flying off the roof of his car. Tom and Ray know one method that won’t work, as evidenced by an ill-fated attempt to transport 18 sheets of plywood. Elsewhere, Tina just learned a scary and stinky lesson why you shouldn’t drive drive down a mountain in Neutral; Jerry is looking for an alternative to the “stick and ballet pose” method he’s using to get his convertible top to work; and, on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Elisa accepted her parents’ bribe, um we mean, “generous offer” to buy her a new car if she married her live-in boyfriend. And, by popular demand, aonother reading of the Melissa letter. All this and lots more, this week on Car Talk.

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#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.

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#1420: Eggs Prestone

Saturday, May 17, 2014

This week on Car Talk, Sasha learned a new recipe for dealing with a radiator leak--add black pepper and eggs. Did this combo save his engine, or at least provide brunch while he waited for a tow truck? Elsewhere, does Chip need to resort to "tailpipe diplomacy," in the form of a cherry bomb, to get his neighbors to stop warming up their cars for 20 minutes every morning? Also, Bill and his wife are looking for a $700 car that makes them look eccentric rather than cheap; Jennifer's good deal on a used Volvo may not have been so good; and can Tom in California adjust to his new life as a car salesman without succumbing to the white belt and shoes? All this, plus one tourist's eye-opening visit to Car Talk Plaza, and lots more.

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#1419: The NYU Application

Saturday, May 10, 2014

This week on Car Talk, Tom and Ray say they've never met a noise they didn't like, but that's before they encountered the odd thumping sound Janet's truck is making. And then there's the sound of their dear Mom Elizabeth, calling to celebrate Mother's day by complaining about her sons' poor gift selections. Elsewhere, from the Questionable Ideas department, Mark wants to use his Ford Tempo to tow a trailer from Dallas to Pennsylvania; Jonathan is considering using a turkey baster to drain his car's power steering fluid; and Missy's 18-year old son wants to buy an Audi Quattro to keep on campus at Boston University. All this, plus the best college application essay ever, and lots more, this week on Car Talk.

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On The Media

Palm Monday

Friday, May 09, 2014

To start his journey, Bob goes to the iconic Palm Restaurant, where DC A-listers go to see and be seen. There he meets with his guide Mark Leibovich, chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and author of "This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral—Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!—in America's Gilded Capital." Over one very expensive lobster, Mark prepares Bob for the ways of Washington.

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