Enter the mind of Jonathan Goldstein. It's a nice place to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there. Part monologue and part telephone conversation, WireTap ushers you into the endearingly odd, funny universe of Jonathan's friends and family. The Montreal Gazette calls the show "something between borscht-belt comedy and Franz Kafka" and the Toronto Star describes it as "[pitting] the absurd against the plausible. The sense is of a world not completely unlike our own that runs parallel... conversation, storytelling and introspection, culled from equal parts real-world experience and the warp of Goldstein's imagination." WireTap was awarded the Gold World Medal for Best Regularly Scheduled Comedy Program at The New York Festivals in 2006. 

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April 10, 2014

Tales of An Imaginary Son
A young boy shares the experience of his past life, and comedian Fred Stoller tells the story of his imaginary son. Plus, if parallel universes exist, what are the odds that there's a dimension out there in which your father is your son? We crunch the numbers this week as we explore alternate realities. Fred Stoller is the author of Maybe We'll Have You Back: The Life of a Perennial TV Guest Star.
 
This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes.  Season 8, Episode 6 - EP - CBC Radio
Comedian Rob Corddry tells the story of a detective confronted with the biggest case of his career: a stolen soul. He'd heard of stolen hearts. Heck, he'd stolen plenty of those himself. But a stolen soul? The case stank of metaphysics and liturgy, two things that weren't his beat. Tune in to find out how he solves the mystery.
 
Plus, suffering from temporary loss of vision, Jonathan calls up a TV watching service for the blind. Featuring Gregor Ehrlich and Sean Cullen.
 
This episode is not available for on-demand listening, but you can purchase it on iTunes.  Season 8, Episode 6 - EP - CBC Radio

Jonathan Goldstein

Jonathan Goldstein's writing has appeared in The Walrus, The New York Times, GQ, and The National Post. He is a frequent contributor to PRI's This American Life and the New York Times Magazine, and was a 2002 co-recipient of The Third Coast Audio Festival's Gold Prize. In 2004, he was awarded a Canadian National Magazine award for humor. He is author of the novel, "Lenny Bruce is Dead" and "Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible!." His latest book, "I'll Seize the Day Tomorrow" is available for purchase online.