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#0813: Give Me Liberty or Give Me Xanax!

Original Air Date: 03.29.2008

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This week on Car Talk, soccer mom Wendy hits a mid-life crisis, or a mid-life Chrysler, if you will. Is she really ready to ditch her faithful Toyota mini-van for some joy-riding in a a barbaric Jeep Liberty? Will Tom and Ray talk her down from her SUV fantasy, or will they lead her further down the road to temptation? Elsewhere on the parental front, a dad dreams of handing down his '92 Subaru to his son. In 2019. Can you say, "unmitigated parental cheapskate?" Find out why his plans may be in jeopardy--no, it's not due to an outbreak of sanity. Also, we invoke the proprietary Tom Magliozzi Principle to settle a dispute over just how fast to drive a '38 Dodge from Key West to Prudhoe Bay. Plus, if you answer to the name "Grammy" and recently had a rather unpleasant birthday party, Ray's prepared to personally make it up to you. Say what? You'll just have to tune in. As we say, you can't make stuff like this up. Finally, anyone out there with a 6-foot tall robot named GORT you can spare for the weekend? All this, plus a new Puzzler from the Family Relations series, and more, this week on Car Talk.

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This Week's Puzzler

A mother, her daughter, and the interesting relationship between their ages. Find out!

Last Week's Puzzler

How old is the ship, and the boiler? Find out!

Show Open Topic

Ray tells a story about his son Louis' recent birthday party... and what went wrong.

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Mid life

by Anonymous

Hilarious! Came upon your show surfing while driving. Never heard anything so funny. Had to stop the car.

Favorite Moment: The name of the Jeep! Jake

My new idol

by ctrackright

OK guys, I have a new idol! No - sorry, it's not either one of you;-)! I think Wendy is great!! I'm a mid-life non-soccer-mom, and I totally understand the car crush thing. Wendy - go for it! Your sons are right - you're way too cool for a minivan!! Make sure you send pics of you and Patrick Henry to the site so we can see the success!!

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