Wiretap Episodes

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. 

January 30, 2014

Why do awkward situations make us so uncomfortable? We speak with an expert on the subject for tips on how to deal with discomforting situations, and a story from writer Lydia Davis about navigating one of life's more awkward moments.   Plus, Jonathan is thrown out of his comfort zone when Howard shows up in the studio with a CBC tour group to observe Jon's every more.  Featuring Jason Mantzoukas and Samantha Scholfield. Lydia Davis' story 'Passing Wind' is from The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis, available from Farrar, Straus & Giroux in the U.S. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes.  
Can anger be healthy? Why is God allowed to get angry but we're not? From anger management for children to unhelpful meditation exercises for adults, we bring you part two of our series on the 7 deadly sins: Wrath. [Original broadcast: Season 8] Featuring Starlee Kine, Joshua Karpati, professor Lawrence Cunningham and stories by Ross Murray and Ranee Zaporski. (Both stories originally appeared on McSweeney's). This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes.  

January 24, 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 is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes. 

January 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. [Original broadcast Season 8] Part of this week's WireTap was produced by David Weinberg of the Random Tape podcast. His story features songs from his friend Mark's band Masks Phantom. Special thanks to Roman Mars. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes. 

January 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. 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.