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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Fundraising Materials for Live Wire

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373 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: Actor Fred Armisen, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire
Actor/comedian FRED ARMISEN, author MERRILL MARKOE, and music by SALLIE FORD.

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


  • Added: Mar 27, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Author Sherman Alexie, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire
Author SHERMAN ALEXIE, comedian W. Kamau Bell, and music from Run on Sentence.

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


  • Added: Mar 21, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Author Sherman Alexie, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire
Author SHERMAN ALEXIE, comedian W. Kamau Bell, and music from Run on Sentence.

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


  • Added: Mar 20, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Filmmaker Beth Harrington, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire
Musician and author WESLEY STACE, filmmaker BETH HARRINGTON, and music from ALBATROSS.

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


  • Added: Mar 13, 2014
  • Length: 54:01
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Filmmaker Beth Harrington, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire
Musician and author WESLEY STACE, filmmaker BETH HARRINGTON, and music from ALBATROSS.

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


  • Added: Mar 13, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Author/musician Willy Vlautin, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire
Author/musician WILLY VLAUTIN, comic book writer MATT FRACTION, and music by KRISTIN HERSH

Bought by 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, 90.5 WESA, WCPN, KUT, KUOW and more


  • Added: Mar 06, 2014
  • Length: 54:02
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Author/musician Willy Vlautin, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire
Author/musician WILLY VLAUTIN, comic book writer MATT FRACTION, and music by KRISTIN HERSH

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


  • Added: Mar 06, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Artist Lisa Brown and author Daniel Handler, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Author DANIEL HANDLER and artist LISA BROWN, comedian JAY FLEWELLING, music from THE DOUBLECLICKS

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


  • Added: Feb 27, 2014
  • Length: 54:03
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Artist Lisa Brown and author Daniel Handler, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Author DANIEL HANDLER and artist LISA BROWN, comedian JAY FLEWELLING, music from THE DOUBLECLICKS

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


  • Added: Feb 27, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire
Filmmaker SHERIEF ELKATSHA, author KEVIN CARROLL, and music from PINK MARTINI & THE VON TRAPPS.

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


  • Added: Feb 20, 2014
  • Length: 54:02
  • Purchases: 5