Wiretap Episodes

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. 
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. 

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. 
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.  

July 10, 2014

In Manhattan, there stands a mural commemorating the great Joe Strummer, lead singer of The Clash, and beside the painting of his face reads: "The future is unwritten." What do you think? Is the future unwritten? Is there such a thing as destiny, or do we make our own fate? A little girl named Destiny shares her thoughts on the matter. Plus, a man is convinced he knows exactly how he is going to die, and a couple decides they are fated to be together. [Original broadcast: Season 9]. Featuring Ophira Eisenberg, Arthur Jones and Buzz & Dina Goldstein. Ophira's story was recorded at SMITH Magazine's Six Words Live Show on February 14, 2013 in New York City. Special thanks to Larry Smith. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes. 
Howard boycotts all predictions of the future in order to embrace the present, a futurologist discusses his vision of a brave new world, and Kid in the Hall Scott Thompson on the prophecies of dreams. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes. 

July 08, 2014

Is play just for kids or could grown-ups learn a thing or two about prioritizing fun? From two brothers who become fascinated with an online universe, to a game you can play without even knowing you're playing, we explore the role games play in our lives. Plus, Howard sends Jonathan on a scavenger hunt for his missing wallet. [Rebroadcast from Season 9]. Don't forget to listen right until the end of the episode for some extra laughs! Featuring Buzz & Dina Goldstein, Steven Hayward and Sophie Glowa. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes. 
While recording his weekly monologue, Jonathan is startled by an unexpected visitor to the studio. Plus, Josh becomes an adrenaline junkie, and Howard writes his very own self-help book. This week's show also features an original WireTap theme song by The Kerchiefs.  This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes. 

June 26, 2014

In honour of our 250th episode, we take a look back at some of the most memorable moments from the past 9 seasons, featuring Gregor's first-ever appearance on the show, Howard's foray into podcasting, and an interview with The Devil. Don't forget to listen through right until the end for a special cameo appearance by one of public radio's most beloved voices. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes.   
Live from the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Jonathan tells the story of the ten years he spent telemarketing before getting into radio. With musical guests Imaginary Cities. Plus, Gregor tries to convince Jonathan to take a leaf from Kim Kardashian's book and invest in some plastic surgery. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes.