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Confused...Are new Car Talk shows still being recorded?

By all accounts, I thought Tom & Ray were going to stop recording new shows at the end of October and all future shows would be 'best of' compilation. (Caveat: I only listen to recent show podcasts, which don't tell whether they're live or recorded). I'm definitely hearing a number of 'classic' calls from shows past (hey, I've been listening for all 25 years, okay?), but the puzzlers appear to be new the fact that you can still submit answers online suggests that these are live. There's been nothing in the news about Tom and Ray "unretiring' and they certainly never did a 'last show' time of capoff, so I'm very confused. Is it new or it is repeats?


  • Nope, retired, and the puzzlers are recycled, too.
  • Aha. One wonders, then, why this site still has an "Answer the Puzzler" option on the curret puzzler. page What do you get if you submit your answer? They should take this off. And it's really too bad Tom and Ray didn't do a genuine 'farewell' show. Would have provided us with some level of closure....
  • i had no idea of a retirement...that really sucks. such a great show. plus, my car is having such a weird problem...i am a def candidate for stump the mechanic surely is stumped!!
  • @cmmelvin - what's the problem? Click on the "Ask a question button", describe it, we'll have some ideas.
  • texases...i did and received good feedback! thanks
  • At the beginning of the show today Tommy did say, "only 10 more to go" or something like that. Unless he was referring to 10 questions.
  • Re" the "10 more to go" comment by Tommy, it wasn't a reference to the number of live shows remaining -- which I presume is zero at this point -- instead, I think it was a reference to the show opening segment where Tom and Ray were talking about a scientific study that showed people on average tell 10 lies a day.
  • Is there any way to contact them if they are off the air?
  • edited December 2012
    The puzzler answers are still being recorded and the prizes awarded to new winners. A recent one had a different winner than the original one listed on the web site. If they were recycling the puzzler answers and winners, they would have to provide a disclaimer to that effect.
  • At the end of last week's show they made a reference to the fiscal cliff, so it would appear that bits are being recorded to make the show sound fresh.
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