Jonathan Goldstein (author)


Jonathan Goldstein (author)

Infobox Writer
name = Jonathan Goldstein


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birthdate = August 22, 1969
birthplace = Brooklyn, New York flagicon|US
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occupation = Author, Radio Producer
nationality = Canadian/American
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debut_works = "Lenny Bruce Is Dead" (2001)
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Jonathan Stuart Goldstein (born August 22, 1969 [cite web
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] in Brooklyn, NY) is a Canadian-American author and radio producer. In addition to writing the award-winning novel "Lenny Bruce Is Dead", Goldstein is known for his work on the radio programs "This American Life" and "WireTap".

Biography

Goldstein was born to Buzz and Dina Goldstein in Brooklyn, New York, where he spent the first four years of his life before the family moved back to his mother's home town of Montreal. [cite web
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work =Arts & Travel
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] The family settled just outside of Montreal in the suburb of Lavalcite news
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first =Alyson
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title =Almost eavesdropping
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publisher =The Montreal Gazette
date =2005-11-16
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] where Goldstein grew up before attending McGill University [cite web
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title =We Never Got Along: A letter from Jonathan Goldstein, on an old flame
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] and later completing a master's program in creative writing at Concordia University.cite news
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title =A devotee of life's Zamboni moments
work =The Globe Review
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publisher =The Globe and Mail
date =2002-01-08
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] After graduation, Goldstein supported himself by working in the telemarketing industry for ten years, all the while continuing to write and attend readings. [cite web
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title =The Transom Review: Jonathan Goldstein
work =The Transom Review
publisher = [http://www.transom.org/ transom.org]
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url =http://www.transom.org/guests/review/200304.review.goldstein.html
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] In 2000, Goldstein's nascent career got a boost after he was selected to work on Ira Glass' popular radio program "This American Life" and he relocated to Chicago to work as a producer on the show. In 2002, Goldstein moved back to Montreal and started work on several projects for CBC Radio One including his own show, "WireTap", which debuted in 2004.

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

Currently, Goldstein lives in Montreal with his long-time partner, author Heather O'Neill, and their daughter Arizona. [cite news
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title =Lyrical Lullabies; Heather O'Neill's first novel, inspired by her hardscrabble childhood, draws raves;
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publisher =The Toronto Star
date =2006-12-13
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]

Works

Radio Work

Many of Goldstein's pieces have been featured on the PRI radio show "This American Life" where he is a contributing editor. From 2000 to 2002 he was also a producer of the show.cite news
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]

Currently, Goldstein hosts a show on CBC Radio One called "WireTap", a program featuring stories told over the phone. He was also the host of the CBC summer radio program "Road Dot Trip" in 2000 and has contributed to shows like "Dispatches" and "Outfront". [cite news
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publisher =The Edmonton Journal
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]

Written work

In 2001, Goldstein's debut novel, "Lenny Bruce Is Dead", was published by Coach House Books to critical success. [cite news
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] 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".

Other work

In September 2007, "WireTap" producer Mira Burt-Wintonick released a short film featuring Goldstein and "WireTap" regular Gregor Ehrlich entitled "Superstar of the Netherlands" on YouTube. [cite web
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] Another video was released shortly after entitled "Wire Tap Holiday Special" featuring Howard Chackowicz. [cite web
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] 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. [cite web
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title = CBC Web 3.0
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date = 2008-02-22
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Awards

*ReLit Award (Regarding Literature Award) (2001)
*Third Coast International Audio Festival's Gold Prize (2002)
*Canadian National Magazine Awards Silver Award for Humour (2004)
*Gold World Medal for Best Regularly Scheduled Comedy Program (WireTap) at the New York Festivals (2006)

References

External links

* [http://www.transom.org/guests/specialguests/jonathangoldstein.html Transom.org bio page, including links to This American Life stories he has produced]
* [http://www.cbc.ca/wiretap/index.html?copy-host WireTap bio page]
* [http://www.prx.org/user/Goldstein Public Radio Exchange member page]
* [http://www.openletters.net/000703/goldstein000707.html An open letter by Goldstein]

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NAME=Goldstein, Jonathan
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SHORT DESCRIPTION=Writer and Radio Producer
DATE OF BIRTH=1969
PLACE OF BIRTH=Brooklyn, New York
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