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112"Click and Clack" Hang Up Their Microphones and Wrenches

Car Talk, an NPR signature show, will end after 35 years on the air

They are two highly educated guys, schooled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a shop in Cambridge Mass., the home of Harvard. But they sound like two funny everyman schlubs who did nothing short of changing the way generations of car owners thought about their vehicles.

AddClick and Clack tackle the question: How much power is enough?

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16Click and Clack cartoon debuts tonight on PBS

If you've been dying to see animated versions of Click and Clack -- aliases Tom and Ray Magliozzi -- then you'll want to tune into your local PBS station tonight. Their new series, As the Wrench Turns, starts off with their presidential campaign, with one of the platforms being "America needs a lube job!" We're all for it. Big Bird and the Cookie Monster will also make a cameo, though we're not sure if it's tonight. Check your PBS site for local times, or check out the show's site for a preview

6Click and Clack take (another) detour onto the small screen

Last July, we told you that Car Talk's Tom and Ray Magliozzi were in the process of creating an animated series for PBS about the Tappet brother's on and off-air hijinks in Harvard Square. While you'll have to wait until July 9th for the first of ten episodes of "As the Wrench Turns," later this month, Click and Clack will be starring in a Nova production entitled "Car of the Future," where Tom searches for a suitable candidate to replace his rarely running and often maligned '52 MG roadster.

45Click n' Clack write Congress for higher fuel economy standards

We've all seen celebrities marching on Capital Hill and appearing before Congress to support their cause du jour of the day. In the same vein, Tom and Ray Magliozzi, also known as Click n' Clack on their public radio program Car Talk, recently sent a letter to the House Select Committee on Global Warming urging the government to increase fuel economy standards. Believe it or not, they deliver just as many jokes when addressing Congress as they do their 3 million+ listeners every week. Their main

6Coming soon to a TV near you: Click and Clack

var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/television/Coming_soon_to_a_TV_near_you_Click_and_Clack'; Tom and Ray Magliozzi might be the first to admit that most people on the radio have faces that suit the medium, to put it delicately. There's no place to hide when you make the jump to television, but the Tappet brothers have avoided that with their new animated sitcom PBS will be rolling out next summer. The show is not yet named; a contest soliciting names from fans of the pair's radio show will be an

4NPR's Car Talk podcast added to iTunes Music Store

Car Talk is celebrating 20 years on NPR, and the self-effacing, often goofy show is now available in iTunes. It's exciting to "play along" and see if you come up with the same answer as brothers Tom and Ray, an now you can do that at your leisure. We have our local NPR station's schedule memorized, but sometimes it's just not possible to catch the show when it airs; throwing a tantrum won't always get you your way. The show certainly has its detractors, and some of the content can tend toward so

AddClick, or maybe it was Clack, says straight vegetable oil as a fuel is for the "wacko fringe"

You all know Tom and Ray Magliozzi, the vaudeville act of auto advice. Also known as Click and Clack or the Tappet Brothers, the two have a talk show on NPR and a newspaper column. In their latest installment the brothers discuss biofuels. After having fun with BioWillie, the banter reaches straight vegetable oil (SVO). Tom says, "So SVO is still for the wacko fringe (go ahead, write to me and complain, fellas; I can take it).

31Cartalk names Top 10 Scariest Cars

What do the 1980 Chevy Monza and the 1973 VW Microbus have in common? They are among Car Talk hosts Tom and Ray Magliozzi's Top 10 Scariest Cars list. Of the Monza they say, " Whenever one of these beauties reared its ugly grille in front of the garage, every mechanic with more than six weeks' experience would go running for the men's room and lock the door." Another car on the list, the 1987 Ford Festiva, gets this derision from the brothers: "We once got in trouble for saying this car came rig

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