Car Show! with Eddie Alterman


Longtime Car and Driver editor Eddie Alterman thinks all cars are great, even the awful ones. But some cars, he says, transcend their "car-ness” and have a story to tell. On Car Show!, Alterman tells those stories. Stories of the vital cars — the ones that have changed how we drive and live, whose significance lies outside the scope of horsepower or miles per gallon. Because some cars are more than just a pile of metal, glass, and rubber. Some cars are rolling anthropology. Launches May 18, with new episodes on Wednesdays.

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  • JP of W & U
    Cautionary Tales introduced me to “Corvair” and I’m hooked. Masterful, educational and entertaining.
  • DogDove
    Well researched and well produced. Unfortunately the show cratered during the Corvair episode when it veered wildly into a libertarian ditch. “It’s not the car! It’s the driver!” Right. Because had not Ralph Nader insisted on safer cars, the general public today would all be ready for LeMans. I had fears during the “nothing more American than a Jeep!” Episode, and they came true. Still, I have hope for this show. If the author can stick to “what cars mean” and not “what cars mean to me.”
  • TartarJD
    A Car Show for Everyone!
    You do not need to be a car fanatic to love this show. Eddie has a an easygoing conversational style. It’s like listening to a friend wax poetic about America’s love affair with cars, how the automobile impacts who we are, and just really entertaining informative - and funny - stories. I can’t wait for more!
  • JRMole
    I expect better from Pushkin
    The Corvair episode was injected into the feed for another Pushkin show. The episode was so bad that I am taking a moment to search for the show and review it. The supposition is that car safety makes people drive worse. True, there is a well known principle that sometimes making things feel safer makes people act more reckless, but it does not always pan out that simply. Instead of putting together an interesting and informative show exploring whether or not car accidents per vehicle mile driven show whether or not car safety has made people more reckless, the host just bemoaned that you cannot buy unsafe cars like you used to and that the ABSOLUTE NUMBER of car accidents remains similar to when the Corvair was around. I expect much better than this from Pushkin.
  • reinscheyreinschreinsch
    How this podcast failed me.
    The Corvair episode was hot garbage. To acknowledge the truth of deaths per 100,000 nearly being cut in half by safety measures that the host seems to despise and then disregard that truth out of hand because the number of deaths is the same from the 60’s then and go on to blame bad drivers (lack of training) is insane. Do you have a loved one who died in a car accident. Maybe they would still be alive if they were not stupid and had any skill as a driver. Come on. Gross.
  • Master22345_77ad
    Bad take on car safety
    Blaming Nader for creating a less skilled driver is super, super weak.
  • Tkeamay
    Well done podcast. Informative, really liked the show on the corvair. My father has one and hoping to get it back on the road after the podcast.
  • concorde0206
    Boomer mentality
    Just listened to the Corvair episode and it sounded like the ramblings of an hard headed old man. All Eddie did was moan and groan about how airbags and other modern safety features are unnecessary and blames safety standards on GMs downward spiral. You could at least elaborate on ways to improve driver education or acknowledge that in the US having a car is a necessity rather than just complain about how it’s bad that we encourage manufacturers to build safe cars.
  • Aletan
    Repetitious Bloviating
    Listened to the Jeep episode and that’s where I’ll stop. Eddie mentions “the $80,000 price tag” a half dozen times as if that’s the going price for all wranglers. Too much jibber jabber about the 392 and not enough about the lower-priced models which constitute the vast majority of wranglers on the road. Save your time and ears and move on to another podcast.
  • SBS4336
    Cars for Non-Car People!
    I’m not that into cars, and more into history, and I’m really enjoying this podcast! Both episodes that I’ve listened to so far (Jeep and BMW) have helped me see aspects of American life in a new light, and left me thinking — and interested in hearing more! There probably is enough stuff about speed, parts and gadgets to interest a car fanatic, but it isn’t pervasive enough to turn me off. I listen to a lot of podcasts so am sensitive to badly edited/produced ones, and this one is very well researched, scripted (I like Eddie’s frequent use of metaphors) and edited, with interesting short clips from movies, speeches, etc interspersed throughout. Actually you could miss some of the more humorous clips if you don’t listen carefully! Looking forward to more.
  • Wally 2537694432
    Get over yourself
    A podcast should never think it is more important than the topic it uses as an excuse to talk about itself.
  • Aschluss
    There’s nothing better than Eddie’s prose, passion, and pithy humor combined with his second-to-none knowledge about cars. LOVE THIS!
  • Rosh Dust
    Awesome show and great sound design
    Totally new take on cars. The writing is great with colorful analogies. The sound design is cinematic and puts you in the drivers seat. Can’t wait to hear more!
  • MBShick
    You better really love cars
    Listened to the BMW M5 episode and it was meh. I mean, it’s a guy talking about a car and what he likes about it. Probably could have been a 5-minute episode and then I might have given 3 stars. I get it; the older low-tech car makes you more involved (which translates to more fun to drive) than the current version of the same car which stops just short of driving itself. Yeah, he’s enthusiastic, but I don’t really care. It’s the ultimate snoozing machine.
  • Alchemist2431
    Far too many ads
    I know I can pay for an ad free version - but why should I do that? Other podcasts don’t expect me to.
  • Letty_ortiz
    Let’s go!!
    Move over Fast and Furious, cause Car Show is fun and fabulous. Can’t wait to hear more!
  • Mfenny68
    Go Eddie!!!
    Go Eddie!!!
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