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Your Lousy Web Site

Why doesn’t you web site play the previous show. After the Allstate ad, it just sits there nd doesn’t switch to the audio.

Is your website any better??

You need to upgrade your media player. I’ve never had a problem listening to the previous show. What web browser are you using?

You could try downloading it on iTunes. If you subscribe (for free) it will automatically download each week’s show.

If you could just listen online any time you wanted, there would be no motivation to listen to shows when they are broadcast. The more listeners who listen in a timely manner, the more CT can charge its advertisers.

Look at it this way, Mr. Berk:
Your appreciation of the website is equal to the price that you paid to enter it–namely zero.

If nothing else, you are getting your money’s worth!

“The Show” has it’s own topic heading…Take your complaints over there…When you start a new thread, if you bother to look, you can choose the topic you want it posted in…

The Show by the way is scripted entertainment…10,000 people call in, wait for hours, 4 or 5 are chosen by a legion of gate-guards…

Before you guys get too mad at the OP calling it a lousy website, don’t forget that the Bros Tappet call it “Our Lousy Radio Show.”

I think it’s just a play on that. . .

Thank you Shadowfax for clarifying that for thosse who were a little too dense to pick up on it. I’m at work when Car Talk is on so I’ve been recording it for the past six years then listen to it in the car on the way to work and back. Every now and then there’s a glitch like several months ago the show just stopped at one point and never came back. I sometimes have a problem with Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me too.

I am a former radio DJ and News Director and Car Talk and Wait Wait are the only radio shows I ever listen to.

Steve Berk, Houston

Glad I was slow putting my foot in my mouth…(=:

I’ve had these problems also. I believe that everything on my computer is upgraded to the latest versions, and I’ve tried Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome and had the same problem. What’s more telling though is that sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes I have to reopen or refresh it 10 times before it will work, sometimes it works after a couple tries, and sometimes it doesn’t work at all - but if I try back at a later date/time it might.

My experiences with it would make me think that it’s not an issue with a person’s computer, but with the website/server that hosts the show.

Hi All,

We are having some issues with various combinations of browsers and operating systems. We’ve been working with the player provider to upgrade the system. Right now, we’re testing a new system and hope to have it in place in about six weeks, as part of some larger web site changes. Hang in there. And, if all else fails, you can always grab the free podcast.


Doug Mayer
Senior Web Lackey
Car Talk

What Segment are you on? I noticed segment 8 skips… and just pauses.

That could be either an encoding error (random, requires a full review of the clip to find) or a checksum error when you downloaded it (also random).

If it’s just every once in awhile it’s probably not a codec issue.

Best I can tell you is “Live with it. This technology is cool, but it’s still pretty much in its infancy and will therefore not be as reliable as an actual radio yet.”

I have been listening to Car Talk for many years both on radio, but mostly on-line and I have had listening problems myself, thats what brought me to this part of the website. I caught your tongue-in-cheek titled post the moment I read it, not sure what is wrong with some of the people here. I registered today just to let you know I get it. I thought NPR listeners where more cognitive than the responses I read to your post. I wonder if any of the posters have ever listened to Car Talk? Tom and Ray call the show “our lousy radio show”.

Hi All,

Here’s the update:

We’re now testing a new audio player for the web site. You’ll find the link to it at the very bottom of this page:

The link is labelled “Player 5” in faint text.

If you have a moment, please post right here in the Car Talk Community whether the link played the audio for you.

If it did play the show successfully, please also let us know whether you heard the sponsorship message up front.

If the new player does not work, please share your operating system and version, and browser and version.



Doug Mayer
Senior Web Lackey
Car Talk Plaza

Usually I have been able to listen to the show, but it hasn’t worked for the last 2 weeks. I tried the link provided and it WORKS! The sponsorship message displayed but no sound.
OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
Internet Explorer
Version 8.0.6001.18702
Build 86001

If you are desperate to hear the show, you can try this link.

To maintain my sanity I had to quit listening so I don’t know for sure it is the whole show, but it could be.

Other episodes appear available at

No luck on this site either.