Jonathan enlists the help of a polygraph machine to trap Howard in his web of lies. Plus, a young Joshuah Bearman lets an innocent lie get out of control, and psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz on why we let liars get away with fibbing to our face.
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?
Five Goldstein Rings
Howard delivers singing telegrams for the holidays, Gregor's got your Christmas shopping covered with a holiday gift guide, and Josh turns to Santa Claus to help spice up his love life. Plus, a father shares the real miracle of Hanukkah with his sons.
The Time Machine
People of all ages share their surprising reasons for wanting to go back in time. Plus, three-star Yelp reviews of the world's first time-travel agency and Starlee Kine on the four minutes that reshaped how she thinks about the world.
The Hail Mary Pass
Stories of people giving it one last shot: a man tries to win back his wife by buying her an iPhone, Howard tries to finally be cool as a middle-aged hipster, and a couple takes a desperate stab at conceiving a child.
Smoke and Mirrors
A portrait of Benjamin Conkling, the avant-garde film director who tricked his way into a movie career. Plus, a young girl deceives her friend about a dead snail and Fred Stoller on the false promise of show business.
A page turner allows his self-pity to ruin a pianist's performance. Plus, Gerard Harris recounts his mother's surprising reaction to a childhood incident. And Jonathan argues why the word sorry might be the most Canadian word of all.
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. Plus, B.J. Novak on how a life-changing moment might not be all it's cracked up to be.
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.
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.
This Is What You Get
Why are we so drawn to the narrative of people getting what they deserve? Jonathan speaks to his parents about the origin of this-is-what-you-get morality tales. Plus, writer Chuck Klosterman on people who don't get what they deserve: villains.
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 tries not to fit in at school. Plus, Howard runs a marathon from finish to start.
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.
The Other Life
A young boy shares the experience of his past life, and comedian Fred Stoller tells the story of his imaginary son. Plus, if parallel universes exist, what are the odds that there's a dimension out there in which your father is your son?
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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.
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 heals Jon's soul.
The Power of Suggestion
When Jonathan was 11, his father gave him a book called Ultra-Psychonics: How to Work Miracles with the Limitless Power of Psycho-Atomic Energy. Jonathan recently stumbled upon the old book and decided to look into its magical promises.
How To Age Gracefully
People of all ages offer advice to their younger counterparts, while Howard relishes in being three and a half months older and wiser than Jonathan. Plus, writer Rob Trucks shares what he learned from speaking with over 200 49-year-olds.
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.
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