Past Episodes

  • Thursday August 27, 2015

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    Final Words

    Why do we place so much importance on last words? A scientist presents his findings after years of studying the final words of parrots.

    Posted: Aug 27, 2015 11:40 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 28, 2015 9:40 AM ET
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  • Friday August 21, 2015

    Shush

    Shush

    A woman tries to hold her tongue as a professional listener. A dog learns to speak. Angels fall from the sky. Plus, Howard makes himself heard loud and clear by hosting his own radio show... through a grocery store PA system. And Gregor tries to convince Jonathan to shush up, once and for all.

    Posted: Aug 21, 2015 5:30 PM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 21, 2015 8:37 AM ET
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  • Friday August 14, 2015

    Wiretap magic

    This Magic Moment

    Stories about brief moments that have a lasting impact on our lives, from romances that only last a few minutes to embarrassing moments that haunt us for years.

    Posted: Aug 14, 2015 5:17 PM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 14, 2015 7:50 AM ET
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  • Friday August 07, 2015

    Green Pencil Odd One Out

    Against the Grain

    A man is convinced he's found a major scientific flaw that no-one else seems to have noticed. A young girl shares her thoughts on fitting in at school. Plus, Howard runs a marathon from finish to start.

    Posted: Aug 07, 2015 4:46 PM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 07, 2015 8:47 AM ET
  • Friday July 31, 2015

    Boys Bikes Vintage 1950s

    Double Power

    The summer Jonathan was ten he made friends with the toughest kids in the neighbourhood. Together they rode bikes, built slingshots, and peed on the neighbours' porches. It was the greatest summer of Jonathan's life. Until Bridget showed up.

    Posted: Jul 31, 2015 3:39 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 31, 2015 8:59 AM ET
  • Friday July 24, 2015

    Heart Bandaid Graffiti

    Old Wounds

    Comedian Fred Stoller tells the story of an unusual hotel booking which had him sharing his room with a dying stranger. Plus, a book club meeting goes awry when the group leader reveals her personal connection to the author. And Howard takes it upon himself to heal Jonathan's soul.

    Posted: Jul 24, 2015 3:26 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 24, 2015 8:54 AM ET
  • Friday July 17, 2015

    Ultra-Psychonics

    The Power of Suggestion

    When Jonathan Goldstein was 11, his father gave him a book called Ultra-Psychonics: How to Work Miracles with the Limitless Power of Psycho-Atomic Energy. It promised to teach you how to get rich, control other people's minds, and levitate. Jonathan revisits the magical promises the book made.

    Posted: Jul 17, 2015 2:08 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 17, 2015 7:38 AM ET
  • Friday July 10, 2015

    Jonathan Goldstein Youth

    Milestones

    Jonathan performs a story live in Quebec City about his teenage anxieties surrounding a looming milestone. Plus, a young girl on the cusp of graduating from elementary school, and a woman who celebrates a milestone pretty much every day.

    Posted: Jul 10, 2015 1:42 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 10, 2015 7:30 AM ET
  • Friday July 03, 2015

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    A Face From The Past

    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.

    Posted: Jul 03, 2015 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 03, 2015 7:25 AM ET
  • Friday June 26, 2015

    Crying Painting Tears

    Life vs Art

    Howard decides to live his life as a musical. And an artist incorporates real tears into his work as he helps people achieve immortality through his paintings. Plus, Nisha Coleman tells the story of how her father treated life as though it were a canvas.

    Posted: Jun 26, 2015 10:58 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 26, 2015 10:21 AM ET
  • Friday June 19, 2015

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    Our Parents' Children

    Goldstein talks to his dad about what it's like to have a son who never lived up to your expectations, Scott Carrier wonders if his kids actually like him, and duelling phone messages about whose mother has made life more unbearable.

    Posted: Jun 19, 2015 2:57 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 19, 2015 8:18 AM ET
  • Friday June 12, 2015

    Dilemma Arrows

    The Dilemna Dilemma

    How do you spell "dilemma" anyway? We uncover the mysterious dilemna dilemma. And Howard charts his moral compass with an ethics game show quiz.

    Posted: Jun 12, 2015 5:06 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 12, 2015 7:43 AM ET
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  • Friday June 05, 2015

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    Love Knows Not The Time Of Day

    A 13-year-old falls in love with a woman old enough to be his grandmother, and a woman frequents funeral homes in search of love.

    Posted: Jun 05, 2015 2:46 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 11, 2015 12:44 PM ET
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  • Friday May 29, 2015

    Moose Tongue

    The Back Half Of The Moose: The Best Of Season 11

    A woman jumps through hoops to find romance in a new video game, Jonathan's father explains the point of modern inventions to a caveman, and a workplace email thread goes awry when people accidentally "reply all".

    Posted: May 29, 2015 1:46 PM ET
    Last Updated: May 29, 2015 12:29 PM ET
  • Friday May 22, 2015

    Funeral Vintage

    How To Deal With Loss

    While it’s hard to explain to kids how babies come into the world, it might be harder to explain that people leave the world too — especially to a kid whose parent or sibling has just died. Jonathan Goldstein visits a grief counselling centre that caters specifically to children.

    Posted: May 22, 2015 12:01 PM ET
    Last Updated: May 22, 2015 1:15 PM ET
  • Friday May 15, 2015

    Spring Fever Couple

    Spring Fever

    Spring is in the air and Jonathan Goldstein is ready to shed his parka for some more vibrant attire. And a man attending a silent meditation retreat falls for a woman without exchanging a word.

    Posted: May 15, 2015 5:55 PM ET
    Last Updated: May 15, 2015 12:08 PM ET
  • Friday May 08, 2015

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    What We Really Mean

    Has telling someone to relax ever made them actually relax? What about telling someone to have a safe flight? We dissect broken words and expressions that should be banned from use. Plus, Benjamen Walker explains why he's outsourced his social media persona to a third party.

    Posted: May 08, 2015 2:47 PM ET
    Last Updated: May 29, 2015 4:12 PM ET
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  • Friday May 01, 2015

    Le Penseur

    Bad Thoughts

    Scott Carrier wrestles with impure thoughts in a Mormon temple. Plus, Gregor explains four easy steps for coping with negative thoughts, and an ex-cult-member tells the story of how he escaped mind-control and regained his freedom of thought.

    Posted: May 01, 2015 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 08, 2015 1:38 PM ET
  • Friday April 24, 2015

    Lighthouse at Night

    There's A Light That Never Goes Out

    Josh revisits his childhood through his love of cartoons. Howard shines bright in the role of lighthouse keeper. High school students reflect on the dangers of living in the past.

    Posted: Apr 24, 2015 12:01 PM ET
    Last Updated: May 11, 2015 12:24 PM ET
  • Friday April 17, 2015

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    What We Lose

    Podcast host PJ Vogt discusses a website that reunites lost mittens with their owners. Plus, a GPS helps a driver navigate the realm of emotional loss, and Gregor insures Jon against the loss of his depression.

    Posted: Apr 17, 2015 1:43 PM ET
    Last Updated: May 11, 2015 12:08 PM ET
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  • Friday April 10, 2015

    Japanese Characters Drawing

    Character Study

    Do you have character or are you just a character? A man with Tourette Syndrome discovers people's true characters as he navigates the dating world, and a fictionkin discovers they are the reincarnation of a fictional cartoon character.

    Posted: Apr 10, 2015 6:58 PM ET
    Last Updated: May 08, 2015 2:07 PM ET
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  • Friday April 03, 2015

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    My Old Address Book

    Jonathan finds an old address book in his junk drawer and calls up some of the phone numbers inside. An ex-girlfriend, a psychic, a doppelgänger, a man obsessed with the end of the world...

    Posted: Apr 03, 2015 2:07 PM ET
    Last Updated: May 01, 2015 12:06 PM ET
  • Friday March 27, 2015

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    Forgotten History

    People tend to assume that the way things are is how they've always been, but sometimes history can surprise us. Starlee Kine investigates the mystery of Coney Island's salt water taps that Buzz Goldstein claims ran ocean water straight into your bathtub.

    Posted: Mar 27, 2015 11:41 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 07, 2015 3:12 PM ET
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  • Friday March 20, 2015

    Mason Reese

    Why Is Mason Reese Crying?

    For Jonathan Goldstein, YouTube offers endless nostalgia, but he always finds himself returning to the same subject-- a precocious, child actor from the early 70’s named Mason Reese.

    Posted: Mar 20, 2015 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 06, 2015 12:54 PM ET
  • Friday March 13, 2015

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    Yes or No

    A man argues that the words Yes and No are all you need. Plus, a poet learns that if you say no to the Universe, the Universe will say no to you. And Josh reviews films he hasn't even seen yet.

    Posted: Mar 13, 2015 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 14, 2015 2:49 PM ET
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  • Friday March 06, 2015

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    Watch Your Language

    Jonathan explores the ups and downs of living in a bilingual city... when your French isn't that great. Plus, Howard tries to communicate without facial expressions, and a workplace email thread goes awry when people accidentally "reply all".

    Posted: Mar 06, 2015 2:08 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 30, 2015 10:43 AM ET
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  • Friday February 27, 2015

    Bouvet Island

    A World Without Borders

    A father and son journey to the last unexplored place on earth, Bouvet Island. Plus, Jonathan travels to Australia in search of sunlight, Starlee Kine guards herself against the intrusion of strangers, and Howard becomes a border guard.

    Posted: Feb 27, 2015 4:05 PM ET
    Last Updated: May 05, 2015 5:49 PM ET
  • Friday February 20, 2015

    Big Head Cartoon Wheelbarrow

    All In Your Head

    A scientist discovers the possibility that we might be able to connect telepathically... through our dreams. Plus, comedian Maria Bamford on Unwanted Thought Syndrome.

    Posted: Feb 20, 2015 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 23, 2015 12:25 PM ET
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  • Thursday February 12, 2015

    Couple Feet Shoes

    The Dating Game

    A Valentine's Day Special! A woman jumps through hoops to find romance in a new video game. Plus, what would the man or woman of your dreams smell like? Montreal's Scientists for Love match-up lonely hearts through their five senses.

    Posted: Feb 12, 2015 6:43 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 16, 2015 1:24 PM ET
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  • Friday February 06, 2015

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    What's The Use?

    Jonathan's father explains the point of modern inventions to a caveman, and high school students offer their advice on how to get out of bed in the morning when you just don't see the point. Plus, Howard hibernates under the covers with a bed-in.

    Posted: Feb 06, 2015 10:59 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 17, 2015 11:22 AM ET
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  • Friday January 30, 2015

    Teddy Bear Tea Party

    Sanctuary

    Howard turns to the snail for inspiration as he develops his own home away from home. And a recent study found that 35% of British adults sleep with a Teddy Bear. We speak with one British man who revels in the comfort of his Teddy Bear sanctuary.

    Posted: Jan 30, 2015 11:10 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 17, 2015 11:42 AM ET
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  • Friday January 23, 2015

    1950s Couple Dancing

    Just Dance

    Howard lets loose with an epic dance-a-thon, a man explains why "It Takes 42 To Tango", and Starlee Kine explores the roots of her unparalleled fear of dance.

    Posted: Jan 23, 2015 1:36 PM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 06, 2015 10:12 AM ET
  • Friday January 16, 2015

    Pushup Black and White

    The Ideal Self

    A woman lives a parallel life in a fantasy world where she's got 5 PhDs and 2 Nobel Peace Prizes. Plus, Godzilla tries to lose weight, and Buzz Goldstein explains why he quit making New Year's Resolutions.

    Posted: Jan 16, 2015 5:43 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 24, 2015 11:52 AM ET
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  • Friday January 09, 2015

    Sleeping Man Black and White

    Dreamers

    Our dreams are parallel lives that cap off each day. We don't schedule them. We can't predict them. We can't even make sense of them. What might they be trying to tell us?

    Posted: Jan 09, 2015 2:36 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 17, 2015 12:19 PM ET
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  • Friday January 02, 2015

    Starry Universe

    The Very Last Minute

    What is it about endings that causes us so much anxiety? A cosmologist explains what the end of the universe might look like, and Jonathan's parents argue about how they'd want to spend their last minute on earth.

    Posted: Jan 02, 2015 5:34 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 30, 2015 12:08 PM ET
  • Friday December 19, 2014

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    Secret Santa

    After the death of Mrs. Claus, Santa finds himself back in the dating game. Trouble is, there aren't too many eligible bachelorettes in the North Pole... other than Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, that is. But will they hit it off?

    Posted: Dec 19, 2014 3:58 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 12, 2015 11:01 AM ET
  • Thursday December 18, 2014

    Pinochio Graffiti

    The Liar

    Jonathan enlists the help of a polygraph machine to trap Howard in his web of lies. Plus, a young boy lets an innocent lie get out of control, and psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz on why we let liars get away with fibbing to our face...

    Posted: Dec 18, 2014 6:13 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 23, 2015 1:19 PM ET
  • Friday December 12, 2014

    Santa Arrested

    Five Goldstein Rings

    A brand new WireTap Holiday Special! Starring the whole gang: Gregor, Josh and Howard.

    Posted: Dec 12, 2014 4:10 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 12, 2015 11:01 AM ET
  • Friday December 05, 2014

    Time Flies

    The Time Machine

    If you could go back to any moment in time, when would you choose? People of all ages share their surprising answers.

    Posted: Dec 05, 2014 5:05 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 16, 2015 12:43 PM ET
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  • Friday November 28, 2014

    Football Dive Vintage

    The Hail Mary Pass

    Stories of people making a last-ditch effort: a man tries to win back his wife by buying her an iPhone, Howard tries to finally be cool by becoming a middle-aged hipster, and a couple makes a desperate attempt to have a child.

    Posted: Nov 28, 2014 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 12, 2014 1:44 PM ET
  • Friday November 21, 2014

    Silent Film Director

    Smoke and Mirrors

    Think silent film couldn't possibly work on the radio? Think again. Benjamin Conkling was an avant-garde film director whose movies were too depressing for words. But with the right 'bait and switch' marketing campaign, which promised pie fights and laughter, he tricked his way into a film career.

    Posted: Nov 21, 2014 3:55 PM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 05, 2014 2:01 PM ET
  • Friday November 14, 2014

    Sorry Truck

    Sorry

    As Canadians, why are we so quick to apologize...even for things that aren't our fault? Jonathan explains why "sorry" may be the most Canadian word of all.

    Posted: Nov 14, 2014 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 16, 2015 12:43 PM ET
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  • Friday November 07, 2014

    Wiretap magic

    This Magic Moment

    Stories about brief moments that have a lasting impact on our lives, from romances that only last a few minutes to embarrassing moments that haunt us for years.

    Posted: Nov 07, 2014 1:23 PM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 05, 2014 12:55 PM ET
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  • Friday October 31, 2014

    Shush

    Shush

    A woman tries to hold her tongue as a professional listener. A dog learns to speak. Angels fall from the sky. Plus, Howard makes himself heard loud and clear by hosting his own radio show... through a grocery store PA system. And Gregor tries to convince Jonathan to shush up, once and for all.

    Posted: Oct 31, 2014 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 02, 2014 5:33 PM ET
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  • Tuesday October 28, 2014

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    Halloween 2014: Axing For Trouble

    Howard takes Jonathan on a trip he will never forget... even if he tries. Plus, a woman struggles to keep her family together during apocalyptic times, and a houseguest reviews their stay in the creepiest home ever.

    Posted: Oct 28, 2014 3:14 PM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 24, 2014 12:17 PM ET
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  • Tuesday October 21, 2014

    Axe Spooky

    Halloween 2014: Axing for Trouble

    Listen If You Dare. The darkest WireTap Halloween Special yet!

    Posted: Oct 21, 2014 1:24 PM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 05, 2014 1:39 PM ET
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  • Monday October 20, 2014

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    Bonus Audio: The 8th Dwarf

    The story of the little known 8th dwarf, Joseph. He never quite fit in with the others. Tune in to find out why.

    Posted: Oct 20, 2014 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 28, 2014 1:35 PM ET
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  • Friday October 17, 2014

    Wiretap Crosseyed Cat

    This Is What You Get

    When you were a kid, did your parents tell you any 'this is what you get' stories? 'If you cross your eyes, they'll get stuck that way'? 'If you swallow a watermelon seed, a watermelon will grow in your stomach'?

    Posted: Oct 17, 2014 10:52 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 12, 2014 2:25 PM ET
  • Friday October 10, 2014

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    Bonus Audio: Halloween Hotline

    Halloween is fast approaching and we want your spooky stories! Have a tale that you think can scare us? We want to hear it!The only catch? It's got to be less than 60 seconds from start to finish.Are you up for the challenge? Give us a call toll-free at 1-844-857-0737 to record your tale.We'll play the best ones on the radio.[If...

    Posted: Oct 10, 2014 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 28, 2014 3:32 PM ET
  • Thursday October 09, 2014

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    Against the Grain

    Stories of people doing things differently than everyone else. A man is convinced he's found a major scientific flaw that no-one else seems to have noticed. A young girl shares her thoughts on fitting in at school. Plus, Howard runs a marathon from finish to start....

    Posted: Oct 09, 2014 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 12, 2014 2:25 PM ET
  • Friday October 03, 2014

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    Bonus Audio: Parrots' Last Words

    Does Polly still just want a cracker on her deathbed? A scientist shares his findings after years of studying the final words of parrots.

    Posted: Oct 03, 2014 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 15, 2014 2:51 PM ET
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  • Friday October 03, 2014

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    Final Words

    Why do we place so much importance on last words? A scientist presents his findings after years of studying the final words of parrots.Plus, B.J. Novak's story of a man too impatient to listen to the end of people's sentences, and Howard gets a head start scripting out what to say when it's his turn to kick the bucket....

    Posted: Oct 03, 2014 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 15, 2014 3:39 PM ET
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  • Friday September 26, 2014

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    The Other Life

    A young boy shares the experience of his past life, and comedian Fred Stoller tells the story of his imaginary son.

    Posted: Sep 26, 2014 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 12, 2014 3:36 PM ET
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  • Friday September 19, 2014

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    Double Power

    The summer Jonathan was ten he made friends with the toughest kids in the neighbourhood. Together they rode bikes, built slingshots, and peed on the neighbours' porches. It was the greatest summer of Jonathan's life. Until Bridget showed up....

    Posted: Sep 19, 2014 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 12, 2014 3:38 PM ET
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  • Friday September 12, 2014

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    Old Wounds

    Comedian Fred Stoller tells the story of an unusual hotel booking which had him sharing his room with a dying stranger. Plus, a book club meeting goes awry when the group leader reveals her personal connection to the author. And Howard takes it upon himself to heal Jonathan's soul....

    Posted: Sep 12, 2014 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 15, 2014 3:44 PM ET
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  • Friday September 05, 2014

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    The Power of Suggestion

    When Jonathan Goldstein was 11, his father gave him a book called Ultra-Psychonics: How to Work Miracles with the Limitless Power of Psycho-Atomic Energy. It promised to teach you how to get rich, control other people's minds, and levitate. Jonathan revisits the magical promises the book made. ...

    Posted: Sep 05, 2014 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 15, 2014 3:41 PM ET
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  • Friday August 29, 2014

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    How To Age Gracefully

    People from age 5 to 90 offer advice on growing up, and Howard relishes in being a whole three and a half months older and "wiser" than Jonathan....

    Posted: Aug 29, 2014 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 15, 2014 3:46 PM ET
  • Friday August 22, 2014

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    Trapped

    Jonathan dreams a dream he can't get out of, while another man just can't seem to break out of a bad relationship. Plus, Jason Mantzoukas on how he got locked up in the cushiest place imaginable....

    Posted: Aug 22, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
  • Saturday August 16, 2014

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    Apples vs. Oranges

    Some people say you can't compare apples & oranges, but Gregor disagrees. He claims one fruit is clearly better than the other and challenges Jonathan to prove him otherwise. Plus, a story about meeting that one person that is incomparable in your eyes....

    Posted: Aug 16, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
  • Friday August 08, 2014

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    Alana

    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. It's a trip down memory lane with an old flame....

    Posted: Aug 08, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
  • Friday August 01, 2014

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    Temporary Insanity

    How well do you trust your own mind? WireTap explores the fine line between sanity and insanity. A man becomes unhinged after 48 hours in complete darkness, and another struggles through the madness that is young love. Plus, our listeners share their most neurotic habits, and Gregor attempts to cure the un-curable....

    Posted: Aug 01, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
  • Friday July 25, 2014

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    Safe House

    After the death of his uncle, a boy turns to the comforts of spirituality to help cope with his own mortality. Pretty soon, he's on a road trip with a rabbi to meet the leader of a religious sect, a man known affectionately as The Lion.  Plus, Howard asks Jon for sanctuary after getting in a fight at the dog park,...

    Posted: Jul 25, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
  • Friday July 18, 2014

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    The Sweetness of Youth

    When the neighbourhood kids start reporting missing tooth fairy money, there's only one unemployed detective desperate enough to take the job. Comedian Rob Corddry stars as the hapless private eye enlisted to crack the case. Plus, a panel of kids attempting to make sense of New Yorker cartoons....

    Posted: Jul 18, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
  • Friday July 11, 2014

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    Golden Calves and Sacred Cows

    What happens when you leave your people for 40 days to go talk with God on a mountaintop? Your people get all hopped up on idol-worship: Tune in as Jonathan tells the story of Gomer, the last Golden Calf salesman. Plus, Gregor pitches a new "consumer advocacy" segment for the show....

    Posted: Jul 11, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
  • Friday July 04, 2014

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    It's All Been Done

    Ever get the feeling that it's all been done? That there really is nothing new under the sun? We speak with an expert on déjà vu about the possibility that we've all been through this before. Plus, Howard boasts of a new creation only to realize it's already been invented, and a couple who has been through pretty much everything...

    Posted: Jul 04, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
  • Friday June 27, 2014

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    The Fox and the Hedgehog

    According to philosopher Archilochus, people are either foxes or hedgehogs, and this week on WireTap, Starlee explains why Jonathan is a classic hedgehog. Plus, Jonathan speaks with a discount medium who specializes in channeling b-list historical figures: people like Lincoln's haberdasher, or Joan of Arc's sister, Nancy...of Arc. And introducing the Ehrlich Personality Test....

    Posted: Jun 27, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
  • Friday June 20, 2014

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    Tough Guys

    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. Plus, our listeners weigh in on what makes them feel tough, and Josh goes to great lengths to...

    Posted: Jun 20, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
  • Friday June 13, 2014

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    Small Change

    If you could change one small thing about the world, what would it be? Would raindrops be made of candy? Would there be 25 hours in a day? Or maybe you wouldn't change a thing... Psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz explains why we resist change....

    Posted: Jun 13, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
  • Friday June 13, 2014

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    Negative Scanning [Bonus Podcast]

    Negative Scanning is the art of still managing to find something wrong when everything seems to be going just fine. It's not being able to wear your favourite shirt because there's a pen mark on the sleeve. It's not being able to enjoy your wedding day because you're pretty sure the guy at the corner store doesn't like you. We...

    Posted: Jun 13, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
  • Friday June 06, 2014

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    A Catalog of Previous Universes

    Ever wondered if there were other universes before this one? This week's Wiretap explores the whimsical worlds created as test runs for our own. Plus, Howard travels through the cosmos from the safety of his very own, homemade sensory deprivation tank...fashioned out of a giant recycling box....

    Posted: Jun 06, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
  • Friday May 30, 2014

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    The Watcher

    What is the allure of watching a stranger's life unfold? And what is the power that a watcher holds over us? The slow dissolution of a young couple's relationship as heard through a radiator; and a man who discovers a channel that broadcasts a mysterious empty lobby that he just can't stop watching... and then one day, a woman appears...

    Posted: May 30, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
  • Friday May 16, 2014

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    Moral Dilemmas: Bonus Audio

    Check out this web-exclusive, extended version of our moral dilemma segment, featuring Jane Marie and Gabe Delahaye responding to listener calls.Including a few extra messages not featured in the original episode. A soon-to-be-stolen bike, a repetitive co-worker, and the age old dilemma: to feed or not to feed the ducks....

    Posted: May 16, 2014 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 25, 2014 9:33 AM ET
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  • Friday May 16, 2014

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    The Dilemna Dilemma

    How do you spell "dilemma" anyway? We uncover the mysterious dilemna dilemma. Plus, Howard charts his moral compass with an ethics game show quiz, and a panel of experts helps listeners solve their moral dilemmas. Is it ok to steal your neighbour's kale? Are second-hand fur coats acceptable? Our ethicists have all the answers....

    Posted: May 16, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
  • Friday May 09, 2014

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    Life vs. Art

    Breaking down the barrier between life and art, Howard decides to live his life as a musical. And an artist incorporates real tears into his work as he helps people achieve immortality through his paintings.

    Posted: May 09, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
  • Tuesday May 06, 2014

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    Video: This Is WireTap

    Check out this great video about WireTap by Andrew Norton, from his This Is Radio series....

    Posted: May 06, 2014 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 19, 2014 11:26 AM ET
  • Friday May 02, 2014

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    Milestones

    Approaching a milestone can be something to celebrate, but it can also be daunting. We speak with a young girl on the cusp of graduating from elementary school, and a woman who celebrates a milestone pretty much every day.

    Posted: May 02, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
  • Friday April 25, 2014

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    Discomfort

    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...

    Posted: Apr 25, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
  • Friday April 18, 2014

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    A Face From The Past

    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.

    Posted: Apr 18, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
  • Friday April 11, 2014

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    Rebirth

    For the past four years, Emily Richmond has been sailing around the world, by herself. Every few months, she is reborn onto the shores of a new land, where no one knows her, until one day, she docks at a port where people seem to be expecting her.

    Posted: Apr 11, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
  • Friday April 04, 2014

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    Spring Fever

    Spring is in the air and Jonathan Goldstein is ready to shed his parka for some more vibrant attire. And a man attending a silent meditation retreat falls for a woman without exchanging a word....

    Posted: Apr 04, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
  • Friday March 28, 2014

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    The Future Is Unwritten

    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?...

    Posted: Mar 28, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
  • Friday March 21, 2014

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    Lost in the Wild

    As part of our investigation into loss and getting lost, we spoke with Cary J. Griffith, author of Lost in the Wild, about what to do if you find yourself lost in the woods....

    Posted: Mar 21, 2014 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 17, 2015 12:53 PM ET
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  • Friday March 21, 2014

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    March Madness

    WireTap is battling it out in KPCC's public radio showdown.The question is: do you really want to live in a world where an economic affairs show beats an oddball, existential comedy? Didn't think so.Voting is really easy. ...

    Posted: Mar 21, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
  • Friday March 21, 2014

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    What We Lose

    Podcast host PJ Vogt discusses a website that reunites lost mittens with their owners. Plus, a GPS helps a driver navigate the realm of emotional loss, and Gregor insures Jon against the loss of his depression.

    Posted: Mar 21, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
  • Friday March 14, 2014

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    Forgotten History

    People tend to assume that the way things are is how they've always been, but sometimes history can surprise us.Featuring the story of a Minotaur who attempts to escape his personal history and create a new mythology among humans....

    Posted: Mar 14, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
  • Friday March 07, 2014

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    Helpline Web Extra

    Check out this extended web-only version of Jonathan's conversation with conflict-resolution expert Misha Glouberman, as he answers listener calls to help solve their problems. Featuring bonus phone calls and some behind-the-scenes giggling....

    Posted: Mar 07, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
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  • Friday March 07, 2014

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    Other People's Problems

    Conflict-resolution expert Misha Glouberman answers listener calls to help solve their problems. Plus, a body-language expert diagnoses relationship issues with a mere glance, and Howard tries to cheer people up as a Clown Without Borders....

    Posted: Mar 07, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
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  • Friday February 28, 2014

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    The Game

    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...

    Posted: Feb 28, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
  • Friday February 21, 2014

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    A World Without Borders

    A father and son journey to the last unexplored place on earth, Bouvet Island. Plus, Jonathan travels to Australia in search of sunlight, Starlee Kine guards herself against the intrusion of strangers, and Howard becomes a border guard....

    Posted: Feb 21, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
  • Friday February 14, 2014

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    The Gold Rush

    As an attempt to reach a more mainstream audience, the CBC rebrands WireTap as a drive-home show called The Gold Rush. Featuring an opinion column by Howard Chackowicz called What's My Goat. Plus, Buzz and Dina Goldstein bring you the latest traffic updates, and Fred Stoller reviews the best restaurants to eat at alone....

    Posted: Feb 14, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
  • Friday February 07, 2014

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    A Hanky Full of Heart-Shaped Tears

    With Valentine's Day approaching, Jonathan defends the idea of being alone as his friends try to help him find love. Plus, what would it be like to be God's girlfriend? Writer Simon Rich brings us the story of how The Almighty's significant other felt while He was busy creating the universe....

    Posted: Feb 07, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
  • Thursday January 30, 2014

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    Nostalgia

    Back in 1969, Jeff Tuthill saw an ad in the back of a comic book for a mail-order squirrel monkey. Now keep in mind, this was way before that tame little Ikea monkey came along, and what Jeff got when he sent away for his new pet turned out to be way more than he bargained for.This week on WireTap, we...

    Posted: Jan 30, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
  • Friday January 24, 2014

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    Sanctuary

    Howard turns to the snail for inspiration as he develops his own home away from home. And a recent study found that 35% of British adults sleep with a Teddy Bear. We speak with one British man who revels in the comfort of his Teddy Bear sanctuary....

    Posted: Jan 24, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
  • Friday January 17, 2014

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    The Very Last Minute

    What is it about endings that causes us so much anxiety? A cosmologist explains what the end of the universe might look like, and Jonathan's parents argue about how they'd want to spend their last minute on earth. Plus, a special tribute to Beat poet Gregory Corso, who died 13 years ago today. ...

    Posted: Jan 17, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
  • Friday January 10, 2014

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    The Liar

    Jonathan enlists the help of a polygraph machine to trap Howard in his web of lies. Plus, a young boy lets an innocent lie get out of control, and psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz on why we let liars get away with fibbing to our face....

    Posted: Jan 10, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
  • Friday January 03, 2014

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    Modern Love

    Is there such a thing as too much love? This week, we bring you a story about a time when love was endless. Plus, a man spends over a decade of his life in love with a woman who doesn't exist, kids share their relationship advice, and a woman recounts the worst first date of all time.Featuring Laura Krafft and Davy Rothbart, author...

    Posted: Jan 03, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
  • Friday December 27, 2013

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    Breaking the Rules

    A teenage boy rebels against the rules of young love; another defies the laws of physics. Plus, Jonathan's parents break the rules of logic by answering the age old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? Featuring Scott Lederer, Ezra Birkbeck and Gregor Ehrlich. Special thanks to Ron Sorensen, author of A Brief History of the Paradox. [Original broadcast: Season 9]....

    Posted: Dec 27, 2013 12:00 AM ET read comments
  • Thursday December 19, 2013

    The Sleenex

    Video: The Sleenex Infomercial

    Need a last-minute gift idea for that special someone on your holiday shopping list? Look no further than Howard's greatest invention yet: The Sleenex.[Trouble seeing the video above? Watch it on YouTube.]...

    Posted: Dec 19, 2013 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 28, 2014 3:23 PM ET
  • Thursday December 19, 2013

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    Secret Santa

    After the death of Mrs. Claus, Santa finds himself back in the dating game. Trouble is, there aren't too many eligible bachelorettes in the North Pole... other than Glinda, the good witch of the North, that is. But will they hit it off? ...

    Posted: Dec 19, 2013 12:00 AM ET read comments