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.


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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


Caption: Kevin Sampsell, Credit: Geoffrey Squier for Live Wire
Guests include: Memoirist Kevin Sampsell. Journalist/Author Arianne Cohen. Musical guest Ritchie Young.

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  • Added: Jul 16, 2010
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Caption: Timmy Williams, Credit: Geoffrey Squier for Live Wire
Guests include: Comedian Timmy Williams. Author Robin Romm. Musical guests Floater.

  • Added: Jul 16, 2010
  • Length: 58:50
Caption: One Night in Frogtown
Guests include: Poet Derrick Brown. Musical storybook One Night in Frogtown. Musical guests Black Prairie.

  • Added: Jul 08, 2010
  • Length: 59:32
Caption: Donald Miller
Guests include: Author Donald Miller. Spoken word performer Joe Sib. Musical guest Chris Shiflett.

  • Added: Jul 08, 2010
  • Length: 58:48
Caption: Sneakin' Out
Guests include: Memoirist Wendy Burden. Poet Anis Mojgani. Musical guests Sneakin' Out.

  • Added: Jul 08, 2010
  • Length: 58:43
Caption: Dave Dahl
Guests include: Author Daniel H. Wilson. Entrepreneur Dave Dahl. Musical guest Maia Sharp.

  • Added: Jul 08, 2010
  • Length: 59:23
Caption: Bill Oakley
Guests include: Author Steve Almond. Television writer Bill Oakley. Musical guest Damien Jurado.

  • Added: Jul 06, 2010
  • Length: 59:22
Caption: John Roderick
Guests include: Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Richard Russo. Farm to Table organization Plate & Pitchfork. Musical guest John Roderick.

  • Added: Jul 06, 2010
  • Length: 59:38
Caption: The Baseball Project
Guests include: Congressman Earl Blumenauer. Writer & blogger Stacy Bolt. Musical guests The Baseball Project.

  • Added: Jul 02, 2010
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Caption: Michael Curry
Guests include: Master Puppeteer and Kinetic Sculpturist Michael Curry. Cartoonist and creator of Too Much Coffee Man, Shannon Wheeler. Musical g...

  • Added: Jul 02, 2010
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