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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364 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: Scott McCaughey of The Minus 5, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Author BARBARA EHRENREICH, author JASON PORTER, and music from THE MINUS 5.

Bought by KSRQ, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, 90.5 WESA, Rhythm & News Service, and KUNV


  • Added: May 01, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Actor Wil Wheaton, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Actor WIL WHEATON, poet KEVIN YOUNG, and music by BLACK PRAIRIE.

Bought by KUNV, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, KSRQ, Rhythm & News Service, and 90.5 WESA


  • Added: Apr 24, 2014
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Actor Wil Wheaton, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Actor WIL WHEATON, poet KEVIN YOUNG, and music by BLACK PRAIRIE.

Bought by WCPN, KUT, WRIR, KUOW, KCPW and more


  • Added: Apr 24, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Author Po Bronson, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Author PO BRONSON, musical trio T SISTERS, music by AYRON JONES AND THE WAY.

Bought by 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, KSRQ, Rhythm & News Service, 90.5 WESA, and KUNV


  • Added: Apr 17, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Author Po Bronson, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Author PO BRONSON, musical trio T SISTERS, music by AYRON JONES AND THE WAY.

Bought by WCPN, KUT, WRIR, Northwest Public Broadcasting, KCPW and more


  • Added: Apr 17, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: David Giuntoli, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Actor DAVID GIUNTOLI, writer VENDELA VIDA and music by CUMULUS.

Bought by 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, Rhythm & News Service, 90.5 WESA, KSRQ, and KUNV


  • Added: Apr 10, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Actor David Giuntoli, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Actor DAVID GIUNTOLI, writer VENDELA VIDA and music by CUMULUS.

Bought by WCPN, KUT, WRIR, KUOW, KCPW and more


  • Added: Apr 10, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Actress/author Annabelle Gurwitch, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Actress author ANNABELLE GURWITCH, shoe designer D'WAYNE EDWARDS, and music by LOVE GIGANTIC.

Bought by KSRQ, Rhythm & News Service, KUNV, 90.5 WESA, and 90.1 WFYI Public Radio


  • Added: Apr 03, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Actress/author Annabelle Gurwitch, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Actress author ANNABELLE GURWITCH, shoe designer D'WAYNE EDWARDS, and music by LOVE GIGANTIC.

Bought by WCPN, KUT, KUOW, Northwest Public Broadcasting, and KCPW


  • Added: Apr 03, 2014
  • Length: 54:02
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Actor Fred Armisen, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire
Actor/comedian FRED ARMISEN, author MERRILL MARKOE, and music by SALLIE FORD.

Bought by WCPN, KUT, KUOW, Northwest Public Broadcasting, and KCPW


  • Added: Mar 27, 2014
  • Length: 54:03
  • Purchases: 5