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The Big Mistake: Or, Who Let Those Clowns on NPR, Anyway?


This week, we get to the bottom of "The Big Mistake" -- the first episode of Car Talk. Find out how Tom and Ray got on the air, what happened during that first show and more, all right here.


Flashback: Hey Dad, Remember When Your Car Blew Up?


This week, Car Talk staff picks one of their all time favorite calls from the archives from Christy, who wants to confess a 15 year old automotive crime. Hear it all right, here!


Advice for an Aspiring Auto-Parts Expert


Brad is starting a job at an auto-parts store and he wants Tom and Ray's advice to help him impress at work. Will Tom and Ray have any good advice for him?


Is There Any Hope for Joan's Stinky Prius?


Joan's brother's dog befouled the backseat of her Prius and three years later, it still stinks! Can Tom and Ray help Joan out or is she doomed to spend the rest of her days driving a rolling olfactory nightmare?



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