NPR’s 'Car Talk' Duo Retiring: 'One-Hour Work Week Was Too Much'

Tom and Ray Magliozzi Car Talk - H 2012
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Tom and Ray Magliozzi Car Talk - H 2012

The public radio brothers are hanging up their microphones after 35 years on air.

NPR’s Click and Clack will no longer be on call to help America with those weird noises our cars make.

NPR announced Tom and Ray Magliozzi, the duo behind public radio’s popular Car Talk call-in program, are retiring this fall. Their final shows will coincide with their 25th anniversary with NPR, and their 35th anniversary behind the microphones for Boston’s NPR affiliate, WBUR.

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The notoriously self-deprecating brothers joked their lazy tendencies were pushing them into retirement, saying one hour a week was too much work for them.

“So, we can finally answer the question, if my brother retired, how would he know?” Ray wrote in a blog post.

Although Tom, 75, and Ray, 63,  made poking fun at themselves a staple of the show, both boast some serious brainpower. The brothers hold degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Tom taught as a college professor.

Car Talk will live on in a sense. Shows culled from the 1,200 programs they’ve aired will be edited and include occasional updates from the brothers. Both will continue to blog and engage fans on social media.

“When we listen to the stuff that’s in our archives, it still makes us laugh,” Tom wrote. “We’re hoping to be like “I Love Lucy” and air ten times a day on “NPR at Nite” in 2075.