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 17, 2014

How do you want to be remembered? This week, we explore the notion of legacy and what we leave behind. From a man whose legacy is to be the butt of all jokes, to an artist who worries he'll have no legacy at all, to the story of Maurice Silcoff who died last month at the ripe old age of 104, and makes us wonder: do centenarians think about legacy in the same way as an 80 year-old? Plus, a visit from The Underminer, the best friend who casually destroys your life. 
 
Featuring Mike Albo, Buzz Goldstein and Mireille Silcoff. Special thanks to Virginia Heffernan and Tanya Birkbeck. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes.  Season 8, Episode 6 - EP - CBC Radio
Two tales of man and machine: In the first, a man travels through space with a robot that wants to kill him... as would anyone, the man being extremely annoying. And in the second, the true story of a man who used a tape recorder to document every minute of his life, for three years. 
 
Part of this week's WireTap was produced by David Weinberg of the Random Tape podcast. His story features songs from Mark's band Masks Phantom. 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.