Live Wire! Radio

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Live Wire is radio variety for the attention span challenged. It's music, original sketch comedy and scintillating interviews with writers, filmmakers, comedians and people who think cool thoughts. Hosted by Luke Burbank (Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, Too Beautiful to Live), the show is taped in front of a live audience in Portland, Oregon and is aired on public radio stations around the country.

Some past guests have included authors Augusten Burroughs, Cheryl Strayed, Dan Savage, Sherman Alexie, Chuck Palaniuk, Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), Stephen Tobolowski, performers/comedians Marc Maron, Kristen Schaal, Reggie Watts, Mike Birbiglia, Eugene Mirman, John Hodgman, film Directors Gus Van Sant and Todd Haynes, Henry Selick, Cartoonists/Graphic novelist Lynda Barry, Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein and "wiki" creator Ward Cunningham to name a few. Oh, and yes, we've had Chuck Barris on the show. What public radio show hasn't? (Shockingly, he didn't assassinate a single person on our staff.)  

Some of our past musical guests have included Blitzen Trapper, Michael Kiwanuka, Blind Pilot, Helio Sequence, Menomena,  Jonathan Coulton, Black Prairie and The Dandy Warhols to name a few.

Series

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359 Pieces

Live Wire mixes an old school radio format with a contemporary edge—it's live theatre and radio variety with a unique blend of interviews, music, spoken word, and original comedy. NOTE: This program is available to PRI affiliates. For more information please email memberships@prx.org.


Pieces

Caption: Chapman & MacLain Way on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode explores "true beliefs" with filmmaking duo Chapman & MacLain Way, journalist and author Mary Pilon, comedian Ahmed Bharoocha, bee ent...

  • Added: Dec 07, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Lauren Groff on Live Wore, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode discusses "Character Building" with celebrated author Lauren Groff, writer Tommy Orange, comedian Caitlin Weierhauser, and singer-song...

  • Added: Dec 06, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Laurie Kilmartin on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episodes unmasks the "unmentionables" with comedian Laurie Kilmartin, YouTuber Gaby Dunn, and singer-songwriter Chris Staples.

  • Added: Dec 04, 2018
  • Length: 58:58
Caption: Gary Shteyngart on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode touches on "Fresh Starts" with author Gary Shteyngart, comedian Hari Kondabolu, world champion fly caster Maxine McCormick, and Portla...

  • Added: Nov 30, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Anya Yurchyshyn on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode considers the “do over” with author Anya Yurchyshyn, journalist Mike Pesca, and science vlogger Lindsey Murphy. Plus performances from...

  • Added: Nov 29, 2018
  • Length: 58:58
Caption: Abdi Nor Iftin on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode explores “Great Escapes” with writer Tessa Fontaine, comedian and actor Moses Storm, memoirist and visa lottery winner Abdi Nor Iftin,...

  • Added: Nov 29, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Abbi Jacobson on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode talks "Hitting the Road" with actor Abbi Jacobson from Broad City, writer Nicole Chung, and the host of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! Pe...

  • Added: Nov 27, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Lindy West on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode considers the "Guilty Pleasure" with New York Times columnist Lindy West, UnREAL co-creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, comedian Alex Falc...

  • Added: Nov 27, 2018
  • Length: 58:58
Caption: Phoebe Robinson on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode interprets what it means to "Pay Your Dues" with comedian and podcaster Phoebe Robinson, writer Thomas Page McBee, goat yoga entrepren...

  • Added: Nov 08, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Jose Antonio Vargas on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode discusses what happens when you "Face Your Fears" with journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, comedian Marcella Arguello, writer and former L...

  • Added: Oct 19, 2018
  • Length: 59:00