About the Show

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Wiretap is broadcast in select U.S. cities by Public Radio International. Our American listeners can check their local listings.

Enter the mind of Jonathan Goldstein. It's a nice place to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there.

Each week, WireTap invites you to eavesdrop on a mix of funny, thoughtful and unpredictable stories and conversations. Whether it's a tale about what it's like to date Lois Lane after she's broken up with Superman, or an interview with a man who works as a ketchup sommelier, you never quite know where WireTap will take you.

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 won the 2006 Gold Prize for Best Weekly Comedy Program at the New York Festivals and in 2012 received a special mention in the Prix Italia competition for Best Original Radio-Drama.

WireTap is produced by Jonathan Goldstein, with Mira Burt-Wintonick and Cristal Duhaime.

About The Host

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 'Lenny Bruce is Dead' and 'Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible!'. His latest book, 'I'll Seize the Day Tomorrow', is available for purchase online.

Characters and Contributing Writers

Howard Chackowicz Howard Chackowicz is a cartoonist, illustrator, writer, musician, teacher and sometimes radio guest. His book of comics and cartoons Howie Action Comix is available through Conundrum Press and his band Nutsak's album "Failed Musician" is available from Signed by Force records. Howard also plays drums for Montreal's longest-running band 'The American Devices' whose album is available online or on itunes.

Gergor EhrlichGregor Ehrlich is the author of three graphic novels, and has done animation for a wide range of projects, including MTV's The Mandy Moore Show, the Oxygen Network and Showtime. His books are available at Rocketship in Brooklyn, N.Y. and Isotope in San Francisco, CA.

TuckerJon Tucker is a Montreal-based screenwriter, which is like being a dolphin in the sand. He co-wrote Showcase's upcoming half-hour comedy tv series, "The Foundation", due to air in October. He is currently writing his first novel. In the meantime, you can follow him on Twitter.

David RakoffDavid Rakoff (1964-2012) was a regular contributor to This American Life, GQ Magazine, and Outside. He is the author of Don't Get Too Comfortable : The Indignities of Coach Class, The Torments of Low Thread Count, The Never- Ending Quest for Artisanal Olive Oil, and Other First World Problems, Fraud and Half Empty. You may have seen him in such films as Capote and Law and Order: BFD.

TonyTony Asimakopoulos is a Montreal filmmaker, and occasional contributor to the show. Mainly, he's the director of the Wiretap videos. This is more or less all the fun he has, but he is trying hard, very hard, to enjoy life more. His most recent film is 'Fortunate Son', a documentary about addiction & family, with EyeSteelFilm.

About Heather Heather O'Neill is a frequent contributor to WireTap, reading such stories as "The Gospel according to Mary M. from Cartier Elementary", and "Where Babies Come From". Her first novel, Lullabies for Little Criminals, won 2007's Canada Reads competition.

About JoshJoshua Karpati has led a wildly fascinating life. If you'd like to hear about it, buy him a beer. You can follow him on Twitter as jkarpati.

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Helen and Katie Pallett-Wiesel are Jonathan's goddaughters. When they're not busy performing on WireTap, you can find them selling lemonade and avoiding honey-tastings.