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Saturday, September 17, 2005

Car Talk

One of the purest pleasures in life must surely be listening to Car Talk, on NPR.

(And don't anyone mention that NPR and I might not see eye-to-eye on stuff. True, but so what -- only fanatics are unilinear in thought! At least that's what I told my CIA handler)

Car Talk is a radio programme which is on every Saturday at 10 AM EDT, which if you're reading at the moment I am posting, is right now, so hop to it, and listen HERE LIVE ON WMP or HERE DELAYED on Real Audio.

Here are some excerpts to whet your whistle:

Segment 5: Am I my boyfriend's car wrecker?
Segment 7: 3rd Half Open: A surefire path to medical malpractice.

The premise is simple.

Every Saturday, two brothers from East Cambridge, Massachusetts, Tom and Ray Magliozzi, treat us listeners to their inimitable brand of humour and self-help about cars.



Just their wheezing, deep-throated laughs alone are worth the hour you spend on their advice to car owners, which panders to the utilitarian and eccentric parts of my personality...

...quality advice, to help you in life, and rollicking good-humour, in equal doses. Poifect!

The x-factor which makes Car Talk work so well, is the self-possession of their callers, since their whole show is centred on besieged car owners calling into their show, pleading for advice on how to fix their clunkers.

Listening to these Americans bandinage with the hosts is a wonderful experience, putting paid the lie that Americans are not quick in wit, or breadth of knowledge.

The brothers ask them about their lives, their cities (Akron, Ohio is the Rubber Capital of the World, who knew) as much as their cars, with resulting hilarity.

There are few things in the modern world so frustrating as a badly functioning car, especially one which you've taken to your mechanic upteen number of times, and still the problem is not fixed.

Well, these are the fellas for you.

They even ask callers to mimic the exhaust pipe sounds, air conditioner frazzles, engine harrumphs, petrol tank slurps, and indeed, all manner of automobile reports.

In the just finished segment, a caller went one better, and called in from inside his car, so we all of us could listen to the stuttering of his a/c! The lady before that mimicked to perfection a Darth Vadery sound emanating from somewhere in her car. Sheer magic.

(I remember laughing once when a segment of the children's programme, Arthur, featured these two men giving advice on fixing the Reed family car -- yes, I watch kid shows, what?)

Right. I know what you're thinking now.

Yes, I've always wanted to call-in -- but I don't have a car at the moment which needs repair, argh. Damn precise German car engineering.

But just as soon as it hits 100,000 miles, I'll be the first one in the queue, believe you me.

"Hello, you're on Car Talk! Ooh, a British listener. Now, are you in England, the bangers-and-mash capital of the world, or what?"

2 Comments:

  • Don't suppose you want to enlist in a "Teach-yerself-car-fixing" classes for the illiterate yet involved?

    Then you wouldn't be dependent upon the rich degenerates who laughed so loudly every time you said, "Can I have it by four this afternoon?"

    By Anonymous Mike Cunningham, at Sat Sep 17, 11:53:00 am GMT-4  

  • Don't suppose you want to enlist in a "Teach-yerself-car-fixing" classes for the illiterate yet involved?

    Then you wouldn't be dependent upon the rich degenerates who laughed so loudly every time you said, "Can I have it by four this afternoon?"


    Hmm. Sounds more interesting than "macramé for the blind". Sign me up!

    ...bah, after Wait Wait Don't Tell Me (the programme which follows Car Talk every Saturday), we WLRN radio listeners are now treated to the bitter MSM stylings of Terry Gross.

    This is when I get off the NPR bandwagon. I'm not that multi-linear.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sat Sep 17, 12:02:00 pm GMT-4  

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