Car Talk

Saturdays at 9 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Tom and Ray Magliozzi

Imagine the Marx Brothers answering questions about automobiles. Picture Monty Python trying to imitate car noises. Think of A.J. Foyt telling someone how to open the car hood. Mix it all up, throw in a little Dr. Ruth and a little Smothers Brothers, and you've got Car Talk, NPR's Peabody Award-winning radio program heard by more than 4 million listeners each week.

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In Memoriam
2:57 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Car Talk's Tom Magliozzi, 1937-2014

Tom Magliozzi, 1937-2014.
Credit Richard Howard

Tom Magliozzi who, along with his brother Ray, hosted NPR’s hit comedy show Car Talk for the last 37 years, died Monday morning, November 3, 2014, from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. “Turns out he wasn’t kidding,” said Ray. “He really couldn’t remember last week’s puzzler.”

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This Is NPR
3:48 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Turn Your Car Into The Public Radio Programs You Love

Paula Poundstone and her dream car.
courtesy of Car Talk

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 12:58 am

Paula Poundstone and Peter Sagal are in the towing business.

Well, sort of.

Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me! Host Peter Sagal and Panelist Paula Poundstone, along with Car Talk's Tom and Ray Magliozzi, and other NPR folks, have joined forces with Car Talk's Vehicle Donation Program, to tow listeners' cars in support of the programs they love.

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Car Talk
12:12 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Time to Get Even Lazier: An Actual Semi-serious Note from Click and Clack

Tom and Ray Magliozzi, aka Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers, the comedian mechanics who host NPR's Car Talk, will no longer record new programs come this fall... but the weekly call-in series will continue to be on the air, drawing on material from their 25 years of show archives.

Here's a note from the Brothers Magliozzi:

RAY:  Hey, you guys.  My brother has always said, “Don’t be afraid of work.”

TOM:  Right.  Make work afraid of YOU!

RAY:  And he’s done such a good job at it, that work has avoided him all his life.

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Podcasts

  • Wednesday, January 14, 2015 11:00pm
    Quentin's grand-niece was just born--en route to the hospital, in the back of his nephew's Citroen Xsara. Does this mean the car is part of the family now? 
  • Monday, January 12, 2015 11:00pm
    Who pays when a mechanic goes down the rabbit hole? Car Talk weighs in on whether Danny's mechanic should refund him for a misdiagnosis. 
  • Thursday, January 8, 2015 11:00pm
    Mike's truck wouldn't start until a mechanic walking by suggested he hit the gas tank with a hammer. This dubious advice actually worked, and now Mike wants to know why. Car Talk explains, here.
  • Monday, January 5, 2015 11:00pm
    James restores classic cars for fun and his neighbor recently thanked him for "preserving our automotive heritage."  This was news to James who thought he was just goofing around in the garage. Are goofing off and acting nobly mutually exclusive? Car Talk weighs in, here. 
  • Wednesday, December 31, 2014 11:00pm
    Cecelia's mechanic says he has to remove her entire windshield to replace a damaged gasket. Is this correct? Find out here, plus Car Talk's advice for how she can make this repair a bit less painful.