Wiretap Episodes

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.   

June 20, 2014

When a man develops a serious case of the blues following a rough divorce, his mother sends over a fun-loving face from his past to help cheer him up. Because sometimes the best way to move forward is to look backwards... to childhood. This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes.  
Jonathan solves the case of his missing office chair after two days of hovering over his desk, and Gregor tests Jonathan's deductive skills with some One-Minute mysteries. Plus, Howard embraces his new british accent.his episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes.