Listen to the Car Talk Show with Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers on NPR

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Car Talk with Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers, whose real names are Tom and Ray Magliozzi, is one of my absolute favorite radio programs, and I say this as someone who is a National Public Radio junkie. I listen to Npr car talk every Saturday morning, and I never get sick of it. Ironically, I do not know anything about cars. I could honestly care less about how they work, how to fix them, or which ones are the best. Although I do have friends, most of them guys, who listen to the Car Talk show because they are card carrying American heavy metal freaks. I do not share their passion, however. I just listen to Car Talk NPR because it is the most hilarious radio program there is.

The Car Talk show first went on the air in 1977. It was originally broadcast on WBUR out of Boston, which was where it spent its first decade as a local program. Eventually when the show was picked up by NPR Car Talk was syndicated nationally. As of 2012, about 3.3 million people were listening to the Car talk show each and every week. The Car Talk show is carried by more than 650 stations across the United States. So too is the Car Talk show broadcast on Sirius Satellite Radio.

The Car Talk show is structured like an on the air advice column for people having problems with their automobiles. These problems range from run of the mill technical issues like an engine stalling out all the time to more extreme and peculiar situations. For example, I once heard a caller who I believe was from Alaska ask Tom and Ray about how to get to her car when it was being guarded by a particularly ferocious looking moose.

There are also callers on the Car Talk show who are having problems with a spouse or significant other that does not like the callers car for whatever reason. With these types of Car talk show calls, the typical scenario involves a guy who has a sentimental attachment to an old jalopy that his wife or girlfriend hates, either because it is ugly or it costs to much money to maintain. In this instance, Tom and Ray put on their marriage counseling hats and usually talk the guy into selling his car or giving it away.

Every episode of the Car Talk show is laugh out loud funny. Tom and Ray are sarcastic, but good hearted, and they are MIT educated engineers, so they are smart to boot. Sadly, Tom and Ray are not recording any new episodes now, but having been on the air with the Car Talk show for almost 30 years, NPR continues to broadcast the Car Talk show in reruns. Car Talk continues to bring joy and laughter to car aficionados and newbies alike,and will hopefully continue to do so for a long, long time.

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