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


  • Added: Dec 13, 2013
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Comedian April Richardson, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
NPR Correspondent DAVID FOLKENFLIK, Comedian APRIL RICHARDSON, and music by SHELBY EARL.

Bought by KUT, WRIR, KUOW, and KCPW


  • Added: Dec 06, 2013
  • Length: 54:02
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Comedian April Richardson, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
NPR Correspondent DAVID FOLKENFLIK, Comedian APRIL RICHARDSON, and music by SHELBY EARL.

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


  • Added: Dec 06, 2013
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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A post-holiday special with a mix of new and old material from the likes of author SIMON SINGH, professional cuddler SAMANTHA HESS, AUGUSTEN BURROU...

Bought by KUT, Spokane Public Radio, KUOW, and KCPW


  • Added: Nov 29, 2013
  • Length: 53:57
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Simon Singh
A post-holiday special with a mix of new and old material from the likes of author SIMON SINGH, professional cuddler SAMANTHA HESS, AUGUSTEN BURROU...

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


  • Added: Nov 29, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Portugal. The Man's John Baldwin Gourleyn, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Television writer STEVE YOUNG, writer SARAH MIRK, and music from PORTUGAL. THE MAN.

Bought by KUT, KUOW, KCPW, and Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Nov 22, 2013
  • Length: 53:57
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Portugal. The Man's John Baldwin Gourley, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Television writer STEVE YOUNG, writer SARAH MIRK, and music from PORTUGAL. THE MAN.

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


  • Added: Nov 22, 2013
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Singer/songwriter Laura Veirs, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
DAVID NADELBERG & NEIL KATCHER of MORTIFIED, music by ADAM SELZER and LAURA VEIRS

Bought by KUT, KUOW, KCPW, and Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Nov 15, 2013
  • Length: 54:01
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Singer/songwriter Laura Veirs, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
DAVID NADELBERG & NEIL KATCHER of MORTIFIED, music by ADAM SELZER and LAURA VEIRS

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


  • Added: Nov 15, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Cartoonist Peter Bagge, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Cartoonist PETER BAGGE, author KAREN KARBO, and music from OLD LIGHT.

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


  • Added: Nov 08, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5