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An appreciation: Tom Magliozzi, Click of 'Car Talk'

An appreciation: Tom Magliozzi, Click of 'Car Talk'

Tom Magliozzi, who died Monday at age 77, was for 25 years the co-host with his younger brother Ray of the NPR series "Car Talk"; a local Boston version had run on the public radio station WBUR for a decade before that. As the Tappet Brothers, Click and Clack, they dispensed automative advice — they ran a Cambridge repair shop, Good News Garage, though both also had degrees from MIT — but you didn't need to know or even care about cars to be a fan.

We speak of "voice" as an expression of character, the outward sign of the inner self. As a medium of voices, radio is intimate, confidential, human; a hot medium, in Marshall McLuhan's formulation, that requires...

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