Wiretap Episodes

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. 

May 08, 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.   

May 01, 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. 

April 24, 2014

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.