Wiretap Episodes

June 12, 2014

Spring is in the air and Jonathan Goldstein is ready to shed his parka for some more vibrant attire. And a man attending a silent meditation retreat falls for a woman without exchanging a word. Plus, Jay Allison on ending his hibernation from the dating game. Featuring Fred Stoller and Gregor Ehrlich. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes. 
Howard finds freedom on the open road in his new life as a trucker, and Jonathan faces the wrath of Gregor's mother. Plus, Angst, a short story from David Eagleman's book Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes. 

June 05, 2014

Podcast host PJ Vogt discusses a website that reunites lost mittens with their owners. Plus, a GPS helps a driver navigate the realm of emotional loss, and Gregor insures Jon against the loss of his depression. Special music thanks to Podington Bear from the Free Music Archive. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes.  
Experience entertainment you needn't leave the house for as Howard decides he wants to become a shut-in. Plus, Daily Show writer Rob Kutner discusses his recent book, Apocalypse How. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes. 

May 29, 2014

As an attempt to reach a more mainstream audience, the CBC rebrands WireTap as a drive-home show called The Gold Rush. Featuring an opinion column by Howard Chackowicz called What's My Goat. Plus, Buzz and Dina Goldstein bring you the latest traffic updates, and Fred Stoller reviews the best restaurants to eat at alone. Special thanks to Jeff Goodes for suggesting the title of this week's episode, and to Marc Parizot, Frances Foster, Sean Cole, François Fluet, and Eileen Ansel. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes. 
It's time to face the music for television star Randy Dandy as he is forced into retirement at the ripe old age of 12, only to be replaced by a younger, cuter actor. Tune in to their correspondence as the torch is passed, begrudgingly, from tween to pre-tween. Plus, a woman tells the story of how one little lie launched the performance of a lifetime. Featuring Caleb Foster, Ben Bisaillon, Katie Malloch, Frank Opolko and Jennifer Brandel. Special thanks to Lindsay Michael for singing the Randy Dandy theme song and to Brendan Baker of the Love and Radio podcast for mixing the Randy Dandy television clip. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes. 

May 21, 2014

Howard turns to the snail for inspiration as he develops his own home away from home. And a recent study found that 35% of British adults sleep with a Teddy Bear. We speak with one British man who revels in the comfort of his Teddy Bear sanctuary. Plus, a woman finds respite in the most unexpected of places, and Josh reveals his secret to portable privacy. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes. 
While first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, receives honorary degrees from MIT, second man on the moon, Buzz Aldrin, is stuck doing space-themed fast food restaurant openings. Listen in to their embittered email exchange, featuring David Sedaris as Armstrong and Jonathan Goldstein as Aldrin. Plus, the senior astronomer of the SETI Institute, Seth Shostak, discusses the search for extra-terrestrial life, and a travel agent offers Jonathan the trip of a lifetime. Featuring Buzz and Dina Goldstein, and Sean Cullen. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes. 

May 15, 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, who died 13 years ago. 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.