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

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Jian Ghomeshi

Jian Ghomeshi is an award-winning broadcaster, writer, musician and producer who was born in London and is based in Toronto. He is now the host and co-creator of the daily CBC Radio One talk program "Q." Since its inception in 2007, "Q" has garnered the largest audience of any cultural affairs program in Canada and has become the highest-rated show in its morning time slot in CBC history.