Enter the mind of Jonathan Goldstein. It's a nice place to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there. Part monologue and part telephone conversation, WireTap ushers you into the endearingly odd, funny universe of Jonathan's friends and family. The Montreal Gazette calls the show "something between borscht-belt comedy and Franz Kafka" and the Toronto Star describes it as "[pitting] the absurd against the plausible." The sense is of a world not completely unlike our own that runs parallel... conversation, storytelling, and introspection, culled from equal parts real-world experience and the warp of Goldstein's imagination." WireTap was awarded the Gold World Medal for Best Regularly Scheduled Comedy Program at The New York Festivals in 2006. 

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September 26, 2014

Some people say you can't compare apples & oranges, but Gregor disagrees. He claims one fruit is clearly better than the other and challenges Jonathan to prove him otherwise. Plus, a story about two teenagers in love who could not be more different, and Misha Glouberman on how some people are unique beyond compare. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes.  Season 8, Episode 6 - EP - CBC Radio

This week on WireTap, Howard gives Jonathan a run for his money as he announces the launch of his very own, 1205 page-long book. Plus, Jonathan mediates a showdown between optimist Neil Pasricha and pessimist Meghan Carlson to determine once and for all whether the world is awesome or not so awesome. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes.   Season 8, Episode 6 - EP - CBC Radio

Jonathan Goldstein

Jonathan Goldstein's writing has appeared in The Walrus, The New York Times, GQ, and The National Post. He is a frequent contributor to PRI's This American Life and the New York Times Magazine, and was a 2002 co-recipient of The Third Coast Audio Festival's Gold Prize. In 2004, he was awarded a Canadian National Magazine award for humor. He is author of the novel, "Lenny Bruce is Dead" and "Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible!." His latest book, "I'll Seize the Day Tomorrow" is available for purchase online.