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Last live show?

edited September 2012 in The Show
When will Car Talk's last "live" show air?


  • The first national show apparently was broadcast on October 31, 1987. That might be a clue anyway.

  • This is by no means authoritative, but...the train may have already left the station.
    On last week's program, someone phoned in about a problem that he had experienced with a rental 1999 Pontiac. Since not even Rent-a-Wreck keeps cars that long, I have to believe that this particular phone call was...I'll be diplomatic.."archived".

    While there may in fact be more "new" shows in the pipeline, it appears that the boys have not stopped recycling old program segments during their run-up to the last show.
  • From today's Boston Globe:
    In October, Tom and Ray will record their last completely new episode at WBUR, but the radio show on NPR will continue, and their weekly newspaper column will be published in the Boston Globe’s Automotive section every Saturday starting September 29.
  • Hmmmm. I very well might have to subscribe to the Saturday/Sunday Globe... I wonder if it can be sent to the DC area via snail mail? Does anyone know?
  • "I wonder if it can be sent to the DC area via snail mail?"

    Of course it can. All newspapers have a provision for mail subscriptions.
    However, most newspapers also have e-subscriptions nowadays, and it is very likely that you could receive this publication electronically.
  • Why is the date of the last show such a state secret? Trying to slip one by your devoted listeners? Come'on guys. Let us mourn, or celebrate, with dignity.
  • Was listening to the last 5 minutes of the show in the car this morning. The guys were talkng to the father of a listener who had confessed to running her dad's car without oil in it. Sounded like a fun story so I logged into the site to listen to the rest of the show (and the beginning of the story) and the segment was totally MISSING. It had been replaced by another confession story, and another call by Tom and Ray to a guy named David who didn't even answer the phone. So, not only are we getting re-runs, they are piecing them together willy-nilly.
  • I noted with interest that Click and Clack referrenced Felix Baumgartner - so at least part of the show is pretty current.
  • @LesMoore ... here in the San Francisco area at least, the show broadcast Oct 21 matched the podcast call for call, and which also matched this website's description summary of the calls. The final call (the one broadcast and the one on the podcast) is where Tom and Ray call David, but he doesn't answer, and involved David's sister borrowing his car and it got accidentally damaged. Nothing on the show was about someone running her dad's car without oil.

    I expect that you heard a different episode of the show in your local area. Perhaps a prior taped episode was broadcast for some reason. Or more likely, your local NPR station is having a contribution period, and the local stations often broadcast special Car Talk episodes for contribution weeks. Special Car Talk's are provided to the local NPR stations with extra segment breaks for time for the local station to remind folks to donate. these are completely different from the normally broadcast show most of us receive.

  • Good points @WesternRoadtripper. I think you are correct on all accounts.

    But I do believe I've heard this week's new puzzler on the show before. Anybody else remember or have looked in the puzzler archives for it?
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