Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Talking about Car Talk

Are you one of those people who, like me, wishes you knew more about cars?


I'm not talking about minutiae like the interface by which the conrod presubatomic oscillators connect to the ventriculated thingamajig. No, I'm talking about routine maintenance, routine problems, and—most importantly—how to diagnose your car's mechanical problem or, at the very least, know what's probably wrong, so that you'll know if your friendly neighborhood auto mechanic is trying to get a year's worth of boat payments out of you.


Well then, have I got a radio show for you. It's called Car Talk, a call-in show hosted by real-life auto mechanics and real-life brothers Tom and Ray Magliozzi.


Based in the fair town of Cambridge, MA, these good-humored, highly knowledgeable guys take listeners' calls about various automotive problems, from strange noises to unsettling mechanical behavior, then offer their own expert diagnoses. They also have a little fun at the listener's expense.


These guys are a lot of fun to listen to, and you can even listen to them online, via iTunes podcast, or your local radio station. Who knows, you may actually learn something—or, like me, you'll just feel like you've learned something, which is at least a start. But either way, you'll have a great time.


By the way, "Car Talk" is great to listen to whilst enjoying a nice cup of green tea (hint, hint).



Tom and Ray Magliozzi, co-hosts of "Car Talk." Finding a photo of these guys wasn't easy, and now I see why. (Just kidding, guys!)


—Mellow Monk


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