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Joel Stein’s Roadtrip With Babs

The Time reporter hops in the car with Barbra Streisand

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This is just as wonderful as you’d expect it to be.

Barbra packed a Voss water and a cup of berries for our trip. As we headed out to the driveway toward a brand-new Ford C-MAX hybrid I was borrowing, she asked, “Is your car clean?” Then she got inside and—just like my mom—told me it was too warm. Five minutes down the road, as I was shivering, she said, “We have to turn the air down.” When I happily turned the dial up, she said, “No, leave the temperature the same, but turn down the air blowing. For the sound for your recording.” I told her the recording would be fine. “No, there’s too much air.” I began to feel relieved that Barbra hadn’t agreed to stop somewhere to eat, since we would have spent the whole time changing tables.

It only gets better.

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Joel Stein’s Roadtrip With Babs

The Time reporter hops in the car with Barbra Streisand

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