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July 27, 2012

Show Me the Way

Stories about people in trouble, who look for help in mystifying places. A 15-year-old boy travels more than 1,000 miles, alone, to seek out his hero, whom he's never met. And from the archive of Wiretap, Jonathan Goldstein and David Rakoff tell the story of a man with a terrible medical problem, hoping for a cure from a famous doctor ā€” who only communicates in rhyme.

The cover of a book by Piers Anthony

Prologue

A man discovers that his wife is cheating on him, and turns for advice to someone he's sure will have his back: his lawyer in the separation proceedings. Unfortunately for him, this is the worst person he could be turning to for advice...because his wife is cheating with the lawyer. (7 1/2 minutes)

Oh! The Places You Will Not Go!

A man who believes he's turning into a cockroach reaches out to a world famous doctor for advice. Except the doctor will only respond in rhyme. This story was written and performed by David Rakoff and Jonathan Goldestein, with a cameo by Julie Snyder. It originally aired on the CBC show Wiretap. Jonathan Goldstein's book I'll Seize the Day Tomorrow is out in paperback. Before he died in 2012, David Rakoff finished a final book, a novel written in rhyme called Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish, A Novel By David Rakoff. We devoted an entire episode to David. (13 1/2 minutes)