March 17, 1990 |
Moments before they were scheduled to go on the air at the studios of WBUR-FM here, Tom and Ray Magliozzi were sitting at a conference table, poring over the latest truckload of mail. Tom was eating a sweet roll, and large crumbs had established themselves in his thick gray beard. Abruptly, he looked up with what at first sounded suspiciously like a Serious Question. "Is Pro Bono Sonny Bono's other child?"
September 20, 1995 |
America Online Friday, 8 p.m: Michael Crichton, who wrote "Jurassic Park," talks about his latest book, "The Lost World" in an on-line conference. Keyword: Centerstage Monday, 5 p.m: Pop singer Judy Collins talks about her career and answers questions. Keyword: Centerstage * Compuserve Thursday, 7 p.m: Author Ted Allrich, who wrote "The On-line Investor, reveals his investment strategies in an on-line conference. Go CONVENTION Tuesday, 5 p.
March 16, 2001 |
"Reading Rainbow" doesn't have the high profile of other PBS children's shows, but this quietly fine series, 18 seasons later, is as fresh as ever, introducing viewers to the joy of books with entertaining show-and-tell informality and the warmth of its enthusiastic host, actor-director LeVar Burton. Friday's episode is one of the best yet.
February 13, 2010
SERIES Survivors: The British TV series from the '70s, based on a book by Terry Nation, is updated in this version that tells the story of a world in which a virus has killed almost 90% of the population. Julie Graham, Max Beesley, Paterson Joseph, Zoe Tapper and Nikki Amuka-Bird star (5 and 8 p.m. BBC America). Austin City Limits: Performing in this new episode, Them Crooked Vultures features Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones (11 p.m. KLCS)
June 8, 2012 |
"Car Talk," the venerable NPR program featuring brothers Ray and Tom Magliozzi, a.k.a. Click and Clack, is calling it quits -- at least as far as live shows go. The Boston-based brothers, who turned their experience as mechanics into one of public radio's most beloved programs, informed listeners Friday morning with their signature winking style in a blog post titled: "Time to Get Even Lazier. " "The good news is that, despite our general incompetence, we actually remembered to hit the 'record' button every week for the last 25 years," Tom Magliozzi said, adding that the show will continue in reruns pulled from more than 1,200 programs, beginning in October.
February 24, 2000 |
When my editor assigned this story, she asked what I knew about weekend radio. "Not much," I said, though I felt an odd twinge in my gut. Sure, I've scanned the dial on a Saturday or Sunday and become riveted by strange conversational snippets. For example: "My St. Augustine grass was invaded by clover." "What do I do with a 5-pound can of crab that's been in my freezer for the past eight years?" "Am I the only one who thinks that Alan Greenspan looks like Woody Allen?"