Tom and Ray Magliozzi may not have helped you when you called their show, Car Talk. Instead, they may have laughed maniacally when you told them how much money you’d sunk into a certain cream-colored 1987 Volvo 780 Bertone, fiddling with the fuel pump and attempting to replace various parts on the dashboard. But still, you love them, because what they were really doing was helping you feel less alone by reminding you that it could be worse—you could have owned an even more obscure piece-of-shit car with an automatic transmission or head gasket that needed replacing. In this way, the two hirsute brothers are like priests of the road, mischievously doling out riddles about God’s plan for your lemon. As such, we should all make the pilgrimage to see them in person at “NPR Without the Dignity,” alongside fellow public-radio types Peter Sagal, Carl Kasell, and Scott Simon. If you don’t have tickets, you probably won’t be able to talk your way in, but maybe you can convince the Magliozzis to make the sign of the cross over that finnicky alternator on their way out the door.
THE MAGLIOZZIS SPEAK AT 7 P.M. AT THE RONALD REAGAN BUILDING AMPHITHEATER, 1300 PENNSYLVANIA AVE. NW. SOLD OUT.