Radio Archive by Contributor

Jonathan Goldstein

Jonathan was a producer at our show for years, and went on to host his own show, Wiretap. His most popular story: The Greatest Phone Message in the World (203). Other greats: 198,191, 241. His stories rewriting the Bible: 233, 305, 321.
  • Where We're Going, We Don't Need Roads.

    539: The Leap 11.07.2014

    Producers Jonathan Goldstein and Sean Cole were fascinated by a recent Pew Research statistic ...

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  • I Believe I Can Fly.

    532: Magic Words 08.15.2014

    When Jonathan Goldstein was 11, his father gave him a book called Ultra-Psychonics: How to Work ...

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  • Replacement Claus.

    514: Thought That Counts 12.20.2013

    Jonathan Goldstein tells the story of Santa Claus, who, after losing his wife, Martha Claus, ...

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  • The Disenchanted Forest.

    463: Mortal Vs. Venial 04.27.2012

    Lying is a sin. But what about the lies that we all collectively believe because they give us ...Fiction

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  • What I Didn't Do on My Summer Vacation.

    443: Amusement Park 08.12.2011

    Jonathan Goldstein returns to Wildwood, New Jersey, where he spent one not-fateful summer when ...Jobs/EmploymentRomanceTeenagers

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  • Mister Baby Monitor.

    438: Father's Day 2011 06.17.2011

    Ira Glass speaks with a woman named Angie, who never understood why her dad got so excited about ...ChildrenFathersFilm/Film Making

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  • Act One.

    388: Rest Stop 09.04.2009

    Host Ira Glass describes scenes from a rest stop on the New York State Thruway, the Plattekill ...Jobs/EmploymentTravel

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  • You’re Willing To Sacrifice Our Love.

    354: Mistakes Were Made 04.18.2008

    There's a famous William Carlos Williams poem called "This is Just to Say". It's about, among ...FunnyPoetry

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  • Fred And Barney.

    345: Ties That Bind 12.14.2007

    Jonathan Goldstein's story about trouble in the Town of Bedrock. One day, when he's backing out ...Fiction

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  • If This Ark Is A Rockin', Don't Come A Knockin'.

    321: Sink or Swim 12.01.2006

    Jonathan Goldstein retells the original sink-or-swim story, the one about Noah and the flood. ...BoatsFictionFunny

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  • Pig.

    315: The Parrot and the Potbellied Pig 07.21.2006

    A friend tells Jonathan Goldstein how a trip with a pot-bellied pig ended up revealing his ...AnimalsMilestones

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  • What Would Joseph Do?

    305: The This American Life Holiday Spectacular 12.23.2005

    Jonathan Goldstein retells the classic Christmas story, trying to understand what exactly goes ...BirthFictionHolidays

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  • Goldstein On Goldstein.

    294: Image Makers 08.05.2005

    Jonathan Goldstein decides to find out—once and for all—if his dad Buzz thinks he's manly ...ChildhoodFathers

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  • The Lobbyist.

    278: Spies Like Us 11.19.2004

    When Burt Covit was programming his VCR one day, he accidentally tuned in to a channel showing ...FictionTelevision

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  • Lunchtime With The King Of Ketchup.

    264: Special Treatment 05.07.2004

    Jonathan Goldstein with a story of the kind of preferential treatment we all dream of, where ...Food/Drinks/CookingRetail/Commerce

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  • Freeze Frame.

    257: What I Should've Said 01.16.2004

    Jonathan Goldstein, for once in his life, gets to suspend time itself. He gets to freeze the ...Mental HealthTravel

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  • Whatever Happened To Baby Cain?

    251: Brother's Keeper 11.21.2003

    Jonathan Goldstein retells the story of Cain and Abel. Finally we get to hear Cain's side of ...ReligionWriting

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  • Return To The Scene Of The Crime.

    245: Allure of the Mean Friend 09.05.2003

    Jonathan Goldstein interrogates the girls, now grown up, who terrorized him and his classmates ...FriendshipTeenagers

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  • Up Where the Air Is Clear.

    241: 20 Acts in 60 Minutes 07.11.2003

    Jonathan Goldstein, host of Wiretap, brings us this story about The Penguin as a young man.

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  • Losing It.

    239: Lost in America 06.06.2003

    If you're going to do a show about people who are lost, you pretty much have to include a story ...Live PerformanceSexualityTeenagers

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  • The Chasm Between Comedy And Music.

    238: Lost in Translation 05.30.2003

    Why is it that karaoke machines only have songs on them? If what they do is take a version of a ...Live PerformanceMusic

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  • Wedding Bells And Door Bells.

    234: Say Anything 03.14.2003

    Two stories of communication where the words really don't matter: Elizabeth Gilbert tells the ...Weddings

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  • The First Starting From Scratch.

    233: Starting from Scratch 03.07.2003

    Jonathan Goldstein reads a story about the first people to ever start from scratch, a couple ...FictionReligion

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  • The Big Night.

    225: Home Movies 11.08.2002

    Jonathan Goldstein made every girl he ever dated watch the home movie of his family's Rosh ...FamilyFilm/Film Making

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  • Personal Ads.

    223: Classifieds 10.11.2002

    "Joyce, I don't need another Housekeeper." Producer Jonathan Goldstein talks with the man who ...JournalismRomance

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  • Mr. Fun.

    212: The Other Man 05.10.2002

    Jonathan Goldstein and Heather O'Neill tell the true story of what happens when a person tries ...ChildrenRomance

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  • A Fate Most Of Us Fear.

    205: Plan B 02.01.2002

    Jonathan Goldstein took a telemarketing job as a kind of temporary Plan B...never suspecting ...Jobs/Employment

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  • Buddy Picture.

    203: Recordings for Someone 01.11.2002

    Producer Jonathan Goldstein with a story about friendship, mothers and sons, and what some have ...FriendshipFunnyMothers

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  • Just Be Yourself.

    198: How to Win Friends and Influence People 11.02.2001

    Producer Jonathan Goldstein with a story about what it's like to date Lois Lane when she's on ...FictionFunnyRomance

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  • You Call That Love?

    197: Before It Had A Name 10.26.2001

    There is that moment when you're falling for someone, before either of you says the word ...Romance

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  • It's Not The Heat, It's The Humility.

    191: I Know What You Did This Summer 08.17.2001

    Jonathan Goldstein heads into an environment that's so hot that they people there believe that ...Jobs/Employment

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  • Baby Scientists With Faulty Data.

    188: Kid Logic 06.22.2001

    More stories like the one in the prologue, where kids look at something going on around them, ...ChildrenScience

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