Wiretap Episodes

November 13, 2014

What is it about endings that causes us so much anxiety? A cosmologist explains what the end of the universe might look like, and Jonathan's parents argue about how they'd want to spend their last minute on earth. Plus, a special tribute to Beat poet Gregory Corso. Featuring cosmologist Paul Davies and Buddhist author Sharon Salzberg. Special thanks to Poem Hunter for providing research for our Corso tribute and to Chris Zabriskie for his music. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes.  
When Jonathan invites Howard to join him on stage at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Howard seizes the moment for his own hidden agenda. Featuring musical guests Imaginary Cities and a cameo by the great Andrea Martin. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes.  

November 10, 2014

Jonathan enlists the help of a polygraph machine to trap Howard in his web of lies. Plus, a young boy lets an innocent lie get out of control, and psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz on why we let liars get away with fibbing to our face. Featuring writer Joshuah Bearman, whose latest story is Coronado High. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes.  
"L'enfer, c'est les autres!" said Sartre, and Sheila Heti thinks he may have been on to something, as she ponders whether it's possible to quit people. Plus, a solipsist questions whether other people even exist in the first place, and Josh realizes he's going to hell and had better make the most of it. Featuring Joshua Karpati and Michael David Crawford. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes. 

October 31, 2014

When you were a kid, did your parents tell you any 'this is what you get' stories? 'If you cross your eyes, they'll get stuck that way'? 'If you swallow a watermelon seed, a watermelon will grow in your stomach'?  We explore the origin of these tales and why we're so drawn to the narrative of people getting what they deserve. Plus, writer Chuck Klosterman on people who don't get what they deserve: villains. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes. 
Real life caped crusader, Master Legend, fights crime in Orlando, where he has dedicated his life to making the world a better place. Plus, kids share their fan letters to Batman, and WireTap's go-to party-animal, Cookie, reveals her favourite superhero. Featuring Buzz and Dina Goldstein, Joshua Bearman, Bill Adler Jr. and Laura Krafft. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes. 

October 23, 2014

Think silent film couldn't possibly work on the radio? Think again. Benjamin Conkling was an avant-garde film director from the turn of the century whose movies were too depressing for words. But with the right 'bait and switch' marketing campaign, which promised pie fights and laughter, he tricked his way into a film career. Plus, more stories of tricksterism and false promises, including a young girl who deceives her friend about a dead snail and Fred Stoller on the false promise of show biz. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes. 
Josh joins a secret society and Howard takes an online IQ test that pronounces him a genius. Plus, Gregor finally pinpoints the root of Jonathan's un-marketability: there's only one of him. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes. 

October 20, 2014

Jonathan dreams a dream he can't get out of, while another man just can't seem to break out of a bad relationship. Plus, Jason Mantzoukas on how he got locked up in the cushiest place imaginable. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes. 
This week is the first installment of our new series exploring the 7 deadly sins. Part one: Gluttony. Gregor encourages Jonathan to bulk up for the role of a lifetime. Plus, a woman snacks in her sleep and Howard embarks on a hunger strike to raise awareness for pug rights. Featuring Professor William Miller, author of Losing It: In which an aging professor laments his shrinking brain, and Natasha Vargas-Cooper, author of Mad Men Unbuttoned. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes.