Jonathan Goldstein (author)

This article is about the comedic author. For other people with this name, see Jonathan Goldstein (disambiguation).
Jonathan Goldstein

Jonathan Goldstein (pictured to the right of banana and woman) in March 2014
Born (1969-08-22) August 22, 1969
Brooklyn, New York City, New York
Occupation Author, radio producer
Nationality Canadian-American, dual citizen

Jonathan Goldstein (born August 22, 1969)[1] is an American-Canadian author, humourist and radio producer. Goldstein is known for his work on the radio programs This American Life and WireTap.

Early life

Goldstein was born to Buzz and Dena Goldstein in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, where he spent the first four years of his life before the family moved to Montreal, Quebec, his mother's hometown.[2][3] The family settled the suburb Laval[4] Buzz Goldstein and his older brother Sheldon were featured in a radio program with Jonathan in 2016.[5]

Goldstein attended McGill University[6] and later completed a master's program in creative writing at Concordia University.[7]


After graduation, Goldstein supported himself by working in the telemarketing industry for ten years while continuing to write and attend readings.[8]


He hosted the CBC summer radio program Road Dot Trip[3] in 2000 and has contributed to shows like Dispatches and Outfront.[9] In 2000, his career received a boost after he was selected to work on Ira Glass' popular public radio program This American Life. Goldstein relocated to Chicago to work as a producer on the show. Many of Goldstein's pieces have been featured on This American Life where he is a contributing editor. From 2000 to 2002 he was also a producer of the show.[10]

In 2002, Goldstein returned to Montreal and started work on several projects for CBC Radio One. He hosted WireTap, which debuted in 2004 and ended in 2015. The program featured stories told over the phone.[10]

In May 2014, Goldstein played an "expert witness" in humorist John Hodgman's comedy/court show podcast Judge John Hodgman.[11]

In September 2016, Goldstein began a new podcast, Heavyweight, with podcast network Gimlet Media.[12]

Goldstein is a member of the Public Radio Exchange editorial board.


In 2001, Goldstein's debut novel, Lenny Bruce Is Dead, was published by Coach House Books.[13] Goldstein also co-authored Schmelvis: In Search of Elvis Presley's Jewish Roots with Max Wallace, an account of a Hasidic Elvis impersonator and rabbi's quest to trace the Jewish roots of Elvis Presley. Goldstein has also been published in The New York Times Magazine, Saturday Night, The New York Times, The Walrus, GQ, the Journey Prize Anthology and the National Post. He has also self-produced a number of small publications, most notably carwash the size of a peach.[14]


In September 2007, WireTap producer Mira Burt-Wintonick released "Superstar of the Netherlands", a short film featuring Goldstein and WireTap regular Gregor Ehrlich, on YouTube.[15] In February 2008, Goldstein debuted the internet project CBC Web 3.0 which features the short "The Future is Yesterday", a comedic take on the impersonal nature of the Internet.[16]

Personal life

As an adult, Goldstein has resided in Montreal, then Chicago, then Montreal,[17][18] and then New York City.[3]

Goldstein was in a relationship with the author Heather O'Neill that ended in 2007.[17]

Goldstein married fellow radio producer Emily Condon in 2015.


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Essays and reporting



  1. Hays, Matthew (August 27, 2008). "Play it again, Sam—if only to placate the alien hordes". The National Post.
  2. Soloman, Heather. "Goldstein taps into neuroses for radio show". The Canadian Jewish News. Archived from the original on September 24, 2005. Retrieved January 27, 2007.
  3. 1 2 3 Goldstein, Jonathan (May 15, 2015). "Jonathan Goldstein, The Art of Podcasting No. 17". Interview with Interviewed by Devon Taylor. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
  4. Grant, Alyson (November 16, 2005). "Almost eavesdropping". The Montreal Gazette. p. D.1.
  5. Goldstein, Jonathan; Goldstein, Buzz; Goldstein, Sheldon (September 23, 2016). #1 Buzz. Heavyweight. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
  6. Goldstein, Jonathan (July 7, 2000). "We Never Got Along: A letter from Jonathan Goldstein, on an old flame". Retrieved January 26, 2007.
  7. Hays, Matthew (January 8, 2002). "A devotee of life's Zamboni moments". The Globe and Mail. p. R.3.
  8. Lewis, Sydney. "Jonathan Goldstein". The Transom Review; Retrieved January 27, 2007.
  9. "RoadDotTrip seeks the heart of Canada: CBC radio show sets up Goldstein as one-man crew;". The Edmonton Journal. July 1, 2000. p. C.5.
  10. 1 2 Whyte, Murray (December 18, 2005). "Tapping into radio's creative potential; Wiretap Reality, fiction mix en route to a higher purpose Wiretap;". The Toronto Star. p. C.13.
  11. Smith, Julia (15 May 2014). "Judge John Hodgman Episode 160: The French Correction". Retrieved 2014-05-15.
  12. "About Heavyweight". Gimlet Media.
  13. "ReLit Award winners named". The St. John's Telegram. June 16, 2002. p. A.4.
  14. KS (Summer 1998). "Zine Review: a car wash the size of a peach". Retrieved June 23, 2011.
  15. Burt-Wintonick, Mira. "Superstar of the Netherlands". YouTube. Retrieved September 28, 2007.
  16. "CBC Web 3.0". February 22, 2008. Retrieved April 10, 2008.
  17. 1 2 Stoffman, Judy (December 13, 2006). "Lyrical Lullabies; Heather O'Neill's first novel, inspired by her hardscrabble childhood, draws raves". The Toronto Star. p. D.4.
  18. Q&Q Staff (November 2006). "Bringing up Baby: Heather O'Neill's debut novel brings magic to a grim inner-city childhood". Retrieved September 27, 2016.

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