How 'Car Talk' Brought Us Closer to Our Cars

With the exception of "Car Talk," there have been few popular forums for the discussion of cars. With yesterday's passing of Tom Magliozzi, that absence is even more keenly felt.
Tom (left) and Ray Magliozzi, always quick with the laughs.

Much has changed since 1977, when the first episode of "Car Talk" aired on Boston's WBUR, but the automobile's central role in American life is not one of them. For all the auto industry's fears of fading relevance with young people, cars remain one of the most important aspects of our material culture. And yet, with the exception of "Car Talk" itself, there have been few popular forums for the discussion of cars. With yesterday's passing of Tom Magliozzi, half of the radio show's beloved Click and Clack, the Tappet brothers, that absence is even more keenly felt.

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