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Car Talk archive can provide years of mileage for NPR, but is that good for public radio?

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Ray Magliozzi, left, and his brother Tom Magliozzi, hosts of National Public Radio's "Car Talk" show, are photographed with their cartoon likenesses in Cambridge, Mass., on Thursday, June 19, 2008. The brothers announced Friday, June 8, 2012 their plans to retire from the program.

Car Talk is getting scrapped, it was announced Friday, with 74-year-old Tom Magliozzi and 63-year-old Ray Magliozzi — Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers — pulling out of the popular program and changing lanes into retirement.

RAY:  Hey, you guys.  My brother has always said, “Don’t be afraid of work.”

TOM:  Right.  Make work afraid of YOU!

RAY:  And he’s done such a good job at it, that work has avoided him all his life.

TOM:  And with Car Talk celebrating its 25th anniversary on NPR this fall (35th year overall, including our local years at WBUR)…

RAY:  …and my brother turning over the birthday odometer to 75, we’ve decided that it’s time to stop and smell the cappuccino.

TOM:  So as of October, we’re not going to be recording any more new shows. That’s right, we’re retiring.

The light at the end of the tunnel? NPR will continue to broadcast newly assembled models made from parts found in the 25-year archive of 1,200 episodes and 12,500 callers. What this signifies about change, or lack thereof, in public radio, however, has people talking.

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