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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July 28, 2014

You're probably familiar with all the classic optical illusions... but what about optical illusions for the radio? Well, for the first time ever, we bring you these brand new, delightful trickeries for your ears. And we all know appearances can be deceiving, so why do we put so much effort into curating how we appear to others? From an exploration of what our style says about us with writer Sheila Heti to a conversation about a toupee for your soul with Tim Kreider, we investigate the art of appearance. Plus, Howard puts on airs to show his 78-year old neighbour who's top dog of the block. Featuring Dina Goldstein and writing by Dan Guterman, which first appeared in The New Yorker. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes.  Season 8, Episode 6 - EP - CBC Radio
A man recounts his rug-buying adventures in Istanbul, and Laura Krafft admits to being a compulsive eye-roller. Plus, Gregor discusses how his life had changed since having a kid. This episode also features a theme song by listener Mark Hulme.  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.