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#0848: Click and Clack's Campus Counseling: A's are Overrated!

Original Air Date: 11.29.2008

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On this week's encore edition of Car Talk, college student Lea pleads for guidance though the existential crisis otherwise known as freshman year. How does she deal with the prospect of becoming an adult? And, come to think of it, why in Bluto Blutarsky's name does she think Tom and Ray can help? Also, a cross-country move gets expensive for one caller, after her Great Dane decides to see the USA from the hood of her pickup, a Mazda owner wonders what a flashing coolant light and low coolant could mean, aside from the fact that she's low on coolant, and is there any car-related sound more annoying than a mechanic endlessly repeating, "I promise, this time it really is fixed!" All that, plus greetings from the self-proclaimed Automotive Bermuda Triangle of the Midwest, this week on a special encore edition of Car Talk.

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This is the song: Beep, Beep, Beep (Moonlight Sonata) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21LtgAO0dx4

More Show Gone to the Dog

by Robin

And another thing: the university professor didn't do her research before calling. She didn't seem to believe that one of them did indeed teach college. Apparently she wasn't clued in to the fact that both Click and Clack graduated from MIT because the truth is, they really CAN speak intelligently about chemistry. That was the funniest part. Leah the freshman has more sense than the university professor.

Dogs in the Cab

by ral

As usual, I laughed my way through the hour. However, when the call came from the Geochemist professor who was traveling across the country, I stopped laughing. Traveling across the country at highway speeds with a dog tethered in the back of pickup with a tether evidently so long that a 100 lbs dog can easily stand upright on the roof the truck is dangerous and reflects a shocking level of ignorance and lack of consideration for a companion animal in an otherwise well educated person. How the dog made it alive from California to Atlanta is a mystery to me. But, that situation is dangerous for the dog, the driver, and others on the road. I was alarmed that Tom and Ray laughed this off, while recommending/encouraging safer solutions, without explicitly making the evidently completely unaware owner of how dangerous this situation could have been and borderline cruel to the pet. I had the feeling that the owner was rather callous to the safety of her dog, but maybe she is just a new owner and unaware of the danger to both herself, her dog, and fellow travelers. I think an opportunity to to offer numerous solutions to traveling more safely with pets was missed here. What about putting a camper on the truck with a dog harness, there are also seatbelt harnesses designed for dogs in the back of the interior cab (my dog adjusted quickly to her seatbelt in the cab), or a kennel for the bed of the truck.

Horrified Dog Lover

by ktrumpatori

I have to agree with Robin's review of the (clearly) clueless "college professor" who thought it was ok to let her dog ride on top of her pickup's cab. I was listening to this show while in the car with my veterinary surgeon husband-- we were utterly disgusted by this woman's lack of common sense to protect her dog from danger. On a daily basis my husband sees, fixes, and ATTEMPTS to fix, dogs that idiotic human owners have put in danger by letting them ride in the back of pick up trucks. These dogs are injured and killed because of so-called "responsible" owners who have allowed their dogs to ride in the back of an unenclosed vehicle. Note: Even crates in the backs of pick up trucks are NOT entirely safe--though at the very least a MORE safe alternative. This woman, Hope, from Atlanta, needs to educate herself on being a responsible pet owner. Her ignorance for dog safety makes me wonder what kind of person she really is. If you're not willing to be responsible for another being's life, you should not own a pet. Click and Clack's significant lack of reprimanding and/or alternative (safe) suggestions (save for the one-liner to "go buy a harness") was deplorable and at the very least irresponsible.

Favorite Moment: None- I turned the channel after listening to that ignorant "college professor" Hope... I was disgusted.

Thanks you!

by Jacmac

I was surprised and so pleased when you talked about and to Lea. Like her, I'm a Mount Holyoke freshman, and throughout high school I strove for a perfect GPA. But you've helped me put things back into perspective. So thanks for the wonderful wisdom! PS: So.. how much for homework now?

Favorite Moment: When you told Moran to shape up. Ha!

Moonlight Sonata Spoof

by Charles218

I found the spoof on Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata", it is here - http://www.amazon.com/Bonus-Track-Beep-Moonlight-Sonata/dp/B001CKFK48 A great little ditty!!!

hills and valleys

by koni

Your advice to the Mt Holyoke student was wonderful, but you fell far short with the idiot professor who tied her dog so it could stand on the roof and drove from California. I think we should tie a rope around her neck and take her on a test drive. I'll drive.

Bs as good as As? Nuts!

by mmersic

Sorry, I only got to hear the part of the show where good grades were being denounced...so my comments relate to that: With no other information to decide on, I'll take the doctor that got As vs the one that got Bs to operate on me. I'll take the engineer that got As vs the one that got Bs to build my bridges...Saying that the person who gets Bs is just as good at X as the person who got As is delusional. High school grades determine (in part) what kind of college you can get into (as they should). College grades (in part) determine what kind of job you can get (as they should). What else should a college or an employer look at, how well you play World of Warcraft? Give me a break...Grades should and do matter. Of course, grades aren't everything. You have to do your own personal cost/benefit. Maybe getting into the best college isn't important to you, maybe getting the best job out of college isn't important to you, then the best grades should probably be less important to you.

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