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Well, you've done it again. You've wasted 25 perfectly good years listening to Car Talk.

The GeekThe Geek Oh-Two Crew, OmeganautRegistered User, ClubPA regular
edited June 2012 in Social Entropy++
But unfortunately, Tom and Ray will be signing off for the last time sometime this fall.

Yup, they're finally retiring. However, archives of the show will still be played on NPR on a weekly basis, so you can still hear them talk about cars, car repair, but probably not the answer to last week's puzzler.
June 8, 2012; Our Fair City – Tom and Ray Magliozzi, aka Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers, the comedian mechanics who host NPR's Car Talk, will tell their listeners this afternoon that as of this fall, they'll no longer record new programs. But their weekly call-in series will continue to be distributed by NPR drawing on material from their 25 years of show archives.

"My brother has always been 'work-averse,' " says Ray, 63. "Now, apparently, even the one hour a week is killing him!"

"It's brutal!" adds Tom, 74.

The brothers have been taping Car Talk at WBUR in Boston for 35 years, and the show has been a staple on NPR Member stations for the last 25 years. With older brother Tom turning 75 this year, the guys decided it was time to "stop and smell the cappuccino."

NPR will continue to distribute the weekly show ... to stations across the country. Beginning in October, the Car Talk production team will actively produce new shows built from the best of its 25 years of material – more than 1,200 shows – with some updates from the brothers. The guys will also still write their twice weekly Dear Tom and Ray column, and put their feet in their mouths in surprising new ways on the web and Facebook. ...

The brothers will mark their 25th anniversary on NPR this fall, and then put the series in the hands of their producers, who will continue to produce the show.


Let's hear it for Car Talk.

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  • KwoaruKwoaru Confident Smirk Flawless Golden PecsRegistered User regular
    Car Talk is god damn amazing

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  • BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User regular
    I love Car Talk

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  • FandyienFandyien But Otto, what about us? Registered User regular
    these two have earned a long and fruitful retirement. car talk and prairie home companion are pillars of my childhood

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  • BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User regular
    it just occurred to me that car talk has been on air since I was 1 year old

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  • SkeithSkeith Registered User regular
    BUT WHERE WILL I FIND OUT ABOUT BUGSY'S LATEST ADVENTURE IN FOOD NOW?!

    Seriously though these guys have definitely earned their retirement. They had a fantastic idea for a radio show and I hope someone else runs with it later on, though it won't be the same without these two making wisecracks.

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  • ButtlordButtlord Fornicus Lord of Bondage and PainRegistered User regular
    "we should do a radio show where people ask questions about cars and then we talk about everything but their question"

    "yeah and maybe we can get them to make ridiculous noises!"

    and thus the greatest show was born

  • Slacker71Slacker71 subgenius RentonRegistered User regular
    I love it when they call the wife/husband/mother of the caller

  • TheBlackWindTheBlackWind Registered User regular
    Man, this sort of bums me out, but these guys totally deserve the rest and I will miss them forever.

    My dad and I listened to Car Talk nearly every week when I was younger. Still love it.

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  • ReginaldReginald When I am Pres., I will create the Department of ______Registered User regular
    Oh god, this is sad sad news. I listen to cartalk every freaking Saturday while working on little projects. Click and Clack's laughing is infectious.

    Some notable cartalk staff:

    British Hospitality Advisor Tina Crumpet
    Customer Service Specialist Begonia Payne-Diaz
    Director of Cosmetic Surgery Zbigniew Kuptz
    Plumber's Crack Apologist Lucy Lastic
    Obsessive Yard Care Specialist Moses Lonergan
    Ornithology Intern Luke A. Boyd
    Sculling Coach Rose Dior
    Work and Leisure Time Coach Kay Keneetit

  • MorivethMoriveth BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWNRegistered User regular
    I've never actually listened to Car Talk

    I probably should have!

  • miscellaneousinsanitymiscellaneousinsanity grass grows, birds fly, sun shines, and brother, i hurt peopleRegistered User regular
    Reginald wrote: »
    Oh god, this is sad sad news. I listen to cartalk every freaking Saturday while working on little projects. Click and Clack's laughing is infectious.

    Some notable cartalk staff:

    British Hospitality Advisor Tina Crumpet
    Customer Service Specialist Begonia Payne-Diaz
    Director of Cosmetic Surgery Zbigniew Kuptz
    Plumber's Crack Apologist Lucy Lastic
    Obsessive Yard Care Specialist Moses Lonergan
    Ornithology Intern Luke A. Boyd
    Sculling Coach Rose Dior
    Work and Leisure Time Coach Kay Keneetit

    Holy jeezums do they work with a lot of people

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  • ReginaldReginald When I am Pres., I will create the Department of ______Registered User regular
    Reginald wrote: »
    Oh god, this is sad sad news. I listen to cartalk every freaking Saturday while working on little projects. Click and Clack's laughing is infectious.

    Some notable cartalk staff:

    British Hospitality Advisor Tina Crumpet
    Customer Service Specialist Begonia Payne-Diaz
    Director of Cosmetic Surgery Zbigniew Kuptz
    Plumber's Crack Apologist Lucy Lastic
    Obsessive Yard Care Specialist Moses Lonergan
    Ornithology Intern Luke A. Boyd
    Sculling Coach Rose Dior
    Work and Leisure Time Coach Kay Keneetit

    Holy jeezums do they work with a lot of people

    Always gives me a chuckle. Also the little rhyme they usually give to Dougie Berman at the end of the show, like "Sandwitch Eating, No Defeating, Pants with Pleating"

  • GustavGustav Friend of Goats Somewhere in the OzarksRegistered User regular
    edited June 2012
    Oh my god. My dad is going to be heart broken.

    and so I am I.

    Gustav on
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  • Mysterious FoxMysterious Fox Registered User regular
    Good for them! But its a real bummer for those of use left behind. They were a Tradition.

  • Donovan PuppyfuckerDonovan Puppyfucker A dagger in the dark is worth a thousand swords in the morningRegistered User regular
    "Staff sommelier - Avery Goodyear"

    I think I would probably have enjoyed their show.

  • SkeithSkeith Registered User regular
    edited June 2012
    Reginald wrote: »
    Oh god, this is sad sad news. I listen to cartalk every freaking Saturday while working on little projects. Click and Clack's laughing is infectious.

    Some notable cartalk staff:

    British Hospitality Advisor Tina Crumpet
    Customer Service Specialist Begonia Payne-Diaz
    Director of Cosmetic Surgery Zbigniew Kuptz
    Plumber's Crack Apologist Lucy Lastic
    Obsessive Yard Care Specialist Moses Lonergan
    Ornithology Intern Luke A. Boyd
    Sculling Coach Rose Dior
    Work and Leisure Time Coach Kay Keneetit

    Who is married to Royal Payne-Diaz, the father of Sasha Payne-Diaz.

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  • ReginaldReginald When I am Pres., I will create the Department of ______Registered User regular
    "Staff sommelier - Avery Goodyear"

    I think I would probably have enjoyed their show.

    Tune in while it's still there! It's on your local NPR station, I don't know the time though. Here it's at 10 AM west coast. It is totally worth at least an hour listen.

    Basically people call in with car problems, they make fun of that person, and then they give them pretty good car advice. One of the guys actually has his PhD from MIT, but they both sound like the best grandpa ever. The entire time they just laugh at each other and other people.

  • PeenPeen Registered User regular
    I hope this is syndicated and re-run forever. I love those guys.

  • PiptheFairPiptheFair Frequently not in boats. Registered User regular
    goddamnit no

    these guys are incredible, and are both actually quite brilliant

    also absolutely do not look like what you would think

  • Seattle ThreadSeattle Thread Registered User regular
    This is the perfect thread title.

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  • ChimeraChimera Monster girl with a snek tail and five eyes Bad puns, that's how eye roll. Registered User regular
    This does sadden me to see. I am a HUGE fan of Car Talk and grew up listening to them for as far back as I can remember. Luckily we will get at least 1200 more best-of episodes with tons of new and unaired material after their sign-off in October.

  • SLyMSLyM Registered User regular
    Happening upon car talk was always the best thing on a long car ride.

    My friend is working on a roguelike game you can play if you want to. (It has free demo)
  • sarukunsarukun RIESLING OCEANRegistered User regular
    Car Talk is never not entertaining.

    Plus I actually learn shit about how cars work from time to time.

  • Skull ManSkull Man RIP KUSU Registered User regular
    nooooooo

  • AthenorAthenor Battle Hardened Optimist The Skies of HiigaraRegistered User regular
    Totally sucks.. but on the good side, NPR has fully embraced the internet.

    http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast/podcast_detail.php?siteId=9911203

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  • ShortyShorty touching the meat Intergalactic Cool CourtRegistered User regular
    I love car talk and I'll be sad to see (hear?) them go

  • BucketmanBucketman Call me SkraggRegistered User regular
    I love car talk. This is sad news

  • LanglyLangly Registered User regular
    PiptheFair wrote: »
    goddamnit no

    these guys are incredible, and are both actually quite brilliant

    also absolutely do not look like what you would think

    haha wow

    they totally do not, man.

  • TefTef Registered User regular
    Langly wrote: »
    PiptheFair wrote: »
    goddamnit no

    these guys are incredible, and are both actually quite brilliant

    also absolutely do not look like what you would think

    haha wow

    they totally do not, man.

    They totally look what I thought they would! I might be racist but they look really similar to what I imagine italian Americans to look like

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  • Mortal SkyMortal Sky queer punk hedge witchRegistered User regular
    I recognize these guys' voices anywhere. Anywhere.

  • LanglyLangly Registered User regular
    I didn't think they were italian-italian. I thought they would be, like, skinny old balding white guys.

  • KwoaruKwoaru Confident Smirk Flawless Golden PecsRegistered User regular
    I was listening to this show last weekend

    and the did some jokes or something, and I roughly remember this one:

    We all know about Ghandi, an incredible man with an incredible life. He walked barefoot everywhere, building up huge callouses on his feet. He lead an ascetic life style that didn't lend itself to the most healthy of diets, so he had a sort of weak constitution from the incomplete nutritional intake. This lead also to another aspect of his life you don't hear much about, because he never brushed his teeth he had incredibly bad breath, you could barely stand to be in the same room as him.

    So if you were to describe Ghandi in one sentence, you could say he was a
    super calloused, fragile mystic, hexed with halitosis

    It tickled me at the time and I wish I remembered it better, but I got the punchline right.

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