Wiretap from CBC Radio
Summary: CBC Radio presents the WireTap podcast! Enter the world of Jonathan Goldstein. You wouldn't want to live there, but it's a hell of a place to visit. **Note to U.S. listeners: these podcasts do NOT correspond to the episode schedule for WireTap on Public Radio International.**
Tales of unequalled hubris, from Jonathan Goldstein’s retelling of The Tower of Babel to one man's quest to become the smartest man in the world.
We speak with manners expert Henry Alford about etiquette in the modern world. Plus, Jonathan's parents offer some manners tips of their own, and Goofus and Gallant grow up.
A ketchup sommelier, an awkward first date, a performance by Academy-Award nominee Jesse Eisenberg... We revisit some of our most memorable moments from the past season.
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.
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.
Adoption is all the rage amongst the rich and famous so Gregor encourages Jonathan to start a brood of his own. Plus, Josh gets betrothed, and Scott Kravitz on living with a mother who hates silence.
An expert on awkwardness offers tips on how to deal with discomforting situations, and a story from Lydia Davis about one of life's more awkward moments. Plus, Jonathan's comfort zone is invaded when Howard shows up with a CBC tour group.
An exploration of what our style says about us with writer Sheila Heti, a conversation about a toupee for your soul with Tim Kreider, and optical illusions...for the radio.
From a man whose legacy is to be the butt of all jokes, to an artist who tries desperately to leave their mark, we explore the notion of what we leave behind. Plus, a visit from The Underminer, the best friend who casually destroys your life.
Part 6 in our series exploring the deadly sin of Sloth. Josh steps-up his lazy-game by looking to the sloth for inspiration, a world-class worrier demonstrates that fretting is industrious work, and the Hare accuses the Tortoise of being lazy.
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.
From two brothers who become fascinated with an online universe, to a scavenger hunt with Howard, to a game you can play without even knowing you're playing it, we explore the role games play in our lives.
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.
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. We speak with author Joseph Epstein about what he calls the least fun of sins. Plus,
When Jonathan's high school crush appears in his office doorway, 25 years later, Jon realizes not much has changed since she stole his heart in grade 12. Some people just stay with us forever, no matter how much time goes by without seeing them.