Wiretap Episodes

March 06, 2014

Do you ever feel invisible? This week, WireTap investigates our desire to be noticed. Featuring a story about how a series of furtive glances on the subway sparked an unspoken love affair.  Plus, Jason Mantzoukas with a story about slipping under the radar, and author Stephen Grosz on the psychology of being forgotten. The Missed Connection story in this week's episode was written by Raphael Bob-Waksberg, and was read by Brent Skagford and Martin Duckworth. Special thanks to Socio for his music which features in this episode. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes. 
Gregor markets a new product for skipping the prayer line: a whistle only God can hear. Plus, an animal psychic opens the line of communication between a man and his dog, and an interview with Margaret Atwood gone awry. Featuring Gregor Ehrlich, John Silver, and Sean Cullen. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes. 

February 27, 2014

How well do you trust your own mind? This week, we explore the fine line between sanity and insanity.  A man becomes unhinged after 48 hours in complete darkness, and another struggles through the madness that is young love. Plus, our listeners share their most neurotic habits, and Gregor attempts to cure the un-curable. Featuring Adam Bloom. For more about his experience with sensory deprivation, check out the BBC documentary Total Isolation.  This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes. 
A woman confesses to a lifetime of spying on strangers, a performance artist gives up her privacy for a month, and Howard reveals a long-kept secret. Featuring Laura Krafft and Jennifer Brandel.   This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes. 

February 20, 2014

To celebrate the beginning of our 10th season (woohoo!), we bring you a show on how to age gracefully.  People from age 5 to 90 offer advice on growing up, and Howard relishes in being a whole three and a half months older and "wiser" than Jonathan.  Plus, writer Rob Trucks shares what he learned from speaking with over 200 49-year-olds, on the cusp of their 50th birthdays. Visit McSweeneys for more of Rob's conversations with 49ers. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes. 
Jonathan revisits the shores of Wildwood, New Jersey, where he spent the summer of his 16th year working at an arcade. Plus, we speak with an original cast member of the reality TV show Jersey Shore, who got kicked off the program for inappropriate behaviour before it even aired. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes. 

February 13, 2014

From Etgar Keret's story of a bus driver who's a stickler for rules, to a woman who performs in a room full of tough guys at a maximum security prison, to cartoonist Dave Collier on re-enlisting in the army in his 40s.  Plus, our listeners weigh in on what makes them feel tough, and Josh goes to great lengths to get noticed at his local watering hole. Featuring Joshua Karpati and Laura Krafft. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes. 
Whether you're an early adopter or a modern-day Luddite, there's no denying that the internet is playing an ever-increasing role in our society. But what is it doing to our brains? We speak with Pulitzer Prize nominee Nicholas Carr about how the web is changing how we think. Plus, Jonathan's 70 year-old father explains YouTube, and a love story that revives a method of communication even slower than snail mail. And don't miss the latest appearance by Howard Chackowicz! Featuring Starlee Kine, Buzz Goldstein and a theme song by the Heart of the Fox. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes.  

February 06, 2014

Ever get the feeling that it's all been done? That every possibility has been exhausted? That there really is nothing new under the sun?We explore the idea of recurrence. From an expert on déjà vu, to a young couple who has been through pretty much everything together, even their worst nightmare.  Plus, Howard boasts of a new creation only to realize it's already been invented.Featuring Tom McMorrow, Courtney Coyne and Marie D. Jones. Special thanks to Jennifer Brandel for having a dream about hot smoothies. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes. 
Of all the deadly sins, Envy is perhaps the darkest. No one wants to admit to harbouring such a mean little emotion. Yet we've all experienced it at one time or another. This week, we speak with author Joseph Epstein about what he calls the least fun of sins. Plus, a woman who envies everyone she meets, and a train ride to Montreal becomes one man's personal hell. [Original broadcast: Season 8] Featuring Starlee Kine, Gregor Ehrlich, and the late David Rakoff in his final appearance on WireTap. We miss him dearly. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes.