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Why You Should Still Listen to Car Talk

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Posted By: Pluperfect, 11/30/2019 5:00:11 AM

I know nothing about cars. Scratch that. I know how to steer and where the brake pedal is, and I can usually remember how the windshield wipers work. Since moving to New York City, where I either walk or use public transportation, the most mechanically challenging procedure I’ve completed thus far is cleaning out my shower drain (with a fork and a wooden skewer). Understanding mechanical processes may not be my forte, but I have a deep appreciation for them. And what better way to enhance my knowledge then by listening to Tom and Ray (also known as “Click and Clack”) on Saturday morning? These famous hosts

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Petronius 11/30/2019 5:33:48 AM (No. 248913)
I used to listen to NPR often during from the 1970's through the 1990's. It's a shame what has been done to it, full of commies, LBTGQXYZs and drug users. About the only show I can listen to anymore is "Live From Here".
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Reply 2 - Posted by: franq 11/30/2019 7:06:04 AM (No. 248953)
I'm sure many men will agree: if I couldn't do the bulk of my own car repairs, I'd be paying dearly. Learned by watching my dad, who learned from watching his dad. New cars scare the crap out of me.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Osprey21 11/30/2019 7:14:24 AM (No. 248961)
Click & Clack were my favorites. RIP Tom.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Laotzu 11/30/2019 7:44:01 AM (No. 248979)
From American Thinker, September 17, 2005: On taxpayer funded National Public Radio even talking about the gears and tires on cars can't escape a lefty slant. The guys who host "Car Talk" on National Public Radio —— brothers Tom and Ray Magliozzi —— were in Washington yesterday to visit with some of the powerful government officials whose support for public radio is so vital. They also sat for a rare interview. "George Bush is a [unprintable vulgarity]," Tom Magliozzi says, about three minutes into the interview. And just to make sure his feelings were understood, he repeated himself. Twice. Big Government Liberals are an invasive species.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Aud 11/30/2019 8:02:36 AM (No. 248998)
I used to listen to “Car Talk” but have completely given up on NPR. When I’m tempted to listen, I tune in on Saturday morning, but as soon as I hear the whining nasal tones from New York I am reminded why I can’t stand it, and shut the radio off. Any more I only listen to Rush and, when very lucky, Mark Steyn when Rush is away.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: cyberspace cadet 11/30/2019 8:45:15 AM (No. 249032)
Years ago, in answer to a question on Car Talk about how to find the best mechanic, they said he's the one with the biggest boat.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Strike3 11/30/2019 11:09:13 AM (No. 249176)
The article brings back some good memories of one of the very few entertaining shows ever to play on NPR. It's quite appropriate that it was created by accident. The rest of their lineup totally sucks.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: tisHimself 11/30/2019 11:16:00 AM (No. 249179)
https://www.cartalk.com/content/staff-credits
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Reply 9 - Posted by: SabraJet 11/30/2019 11:30:29 AM (No. 249193)
I like the author know zero about car repairs, but loved this show. I only heard it when I travel from Atlanta to the Florida, Georgia line five or six times a year to check on too elderly Aunts. I left early enough on Saturday so I could hear the show. Worth it. Good radio programs are a lost art, to bad it was very enriching and this show was a joy.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: John Gee 11/30/2019 11:40:02 AM (No. 249195)
Ray was really good at carrying the show, which was good, because Tom was the original Mr. Natural, unsuited to the role. Tom just existed, and Ray was his force multiplier brother. The rest is history.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: DVC 11/30/2019 8:29:05 PM (No. 249495)
I listened to Click and Clack to challenge myself to figure out what the problem was and the fix before they did. And, when visiting Harvard for a conference, I saw their offices, with "Dooey, Cheatham & Howe" painted in fine gold letters on the upstairs window. This was "their law firm". Loved both the car tech, AND the jokes. Esp the pun names at the end.
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