Halloween 2014: Axing for Trouble10/24/14
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.
Apples vs Oranges
Some people say you can’t compare apples and 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...
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 twelve. Some people just stay with us forever, no matter how much time goes by without seeing them.
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.
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.
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.
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. Jonathan tells the story of Gomer, the last Golden Calf salesman. Plus, Gregor takes down sacred cows.
It's All Been Done
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 together.
The Fox and the Hedgehog
According to philosopher Archilochus, people are either foxes or hedgehogs. Starlee explains why Jonathan is a classic hedgehog. Plus, Jonathan speaks with a discount medium who specializes in channeling b-list historical figures.
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.
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