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: Comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis , Credit: Duane Bolland for Live Wire! Radio
Comic book writer BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, Toro Bravo chef and cookbook author JOHN GORHAM, and music from 1939 ENSEMBLE.

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio, WRIR, KUT, KUOW, Northwest Public Broadcasting and more


  • Added: Jan 17, 2014
  • Length: 53:55
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Musician Jonathan Coulton, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Author/artist MOLLY CRABAPPLE, Chef CHRISTINA TOSI, musical guest JONATHAN COULTON.

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


  • Added: Jan 10, 2014
  • Length: 53:58
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Musician Jonathan Coulton, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Author/artist MOLLY CRABAPPLE, Chef CHRISTINA TOSI, musical guest JONATHAN COULTON.

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


  • Added: Jan 10, 2014
  • Length: 59:03
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Filmmaker LYNN SHELTON, Essayist STACY BOLT and musical guests THAO and the GET DOWN STAY DOWN.

Bought by KUT, KUOW, and KCPW


  • Added: Jan 03, 2014
  • Length: 53:58
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Filmmaker LYNN SHELTON, Essayist STACY BOLT and musical guests THAO and the GET DOWN STAY DOWN.

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


  • Added: Jan 02, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Comedian Dana Gould, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Comedian DANA GOULD, writer LINDY WEST, and music from BLITZEN TRAPPER.

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


  • Added: Dec 27, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Comedian Dana Gould, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Comedian DANA GOULD, writer LINDY WEST, and music from BLITZEN TRAPPER.

Bought by KUT, KUOW, and KCPW


  • Added: Dec 27, 2013
  • Length: 53:58
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Storm Large, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Actor STEPHEN TOBOLOWSKY, writer OPHIRA EISENBERG, and music from STORM LARGE and RODNEY HICKS.

Bought by WRIR, KUT, KUOW, KCPW, and WBEZ


  • Added: Dec 19, 2013
  • Length: 53:57
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Storm Large, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Actor STEPHEN TOBOLOWSKY, writer OPHIRA EISENBERG, and music from STORM LARGE and RODNEY HICKS.

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


  • Added: Dec 19, 2013
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: This American Life's Ira Glass
Host and producer of This American Life IRA GLASS, RadioLab's JAD ABUMRAD and ROBERT KRULWICH, Prairie Home Companion's GARRISON KEILLOR and music ...

Bought by KHNS, KISU, WRIR, KUT, KUOW and more


  • Added: Dec 13, 2013
  • Length: 53:58
  • Purchases: 6