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: Cartoonist Peter Bagge, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Cartoonist PETER BAGGE, author KAREN KARBO, and music from OLD LIGHT.

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


  • Added: Nov 08, 2013
  • Length: 54:55
  • Purchases: 6
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, comedian BRANDIE POSEY, and music from 1939 ENSEMBLE.

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


  • Added: Nov 01, 2013
  • Length: 54:58
  • Purchases: 4
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, comedian BRANDIE POSEY, and music from 1939 ENSEMBLE.

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


  • Added: Nov 01, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Actor Greg Sestero, Credit: Duane Bolland for Live Wire! Radio
Actor GREG SESTERO, author WILLIAM TODD SCHULTZ, and music by TWIN FORKS.

Bought by Spokane Public Radio, Rhythm & News Service, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, 90.5 WESA, KWMR and more


  • Added: Oct 26, 2013
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Actor Greg Sestero, Credit: Duane Bolland for Live Wire! Radio
Actor GREG SESTERO, author WILLIAM TODD SCHULTZ, and music by TWIN FORKS.

Bought by KUT, KUOW, and KCPW


  • Added: Oct 26, 2013
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Composer, musician and writer Michael Hearst, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author KEVIN BARRY, author A.M. Homes, and music from Michael Hearst.

Bought by KUT, KCPW, KSRQ, and KUOW


  • Added: Oct 18, 2013
  • Length: 54:56
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Composer, musician and writer Michael Hearst, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author KEVIN BARRY, author A.M. Homes, and music from Michael Hearst.

Bought by 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, Spokane Public Radio, Oregon Public Broadcasting, KWMR, Rhythm & News Service and more


  • Added: Oct 18, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Author T.C. Boyle, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Authors T.C. BOYLE, M.K. ASANTE, IAN DOESCHER, and music by TANYA DONELLY.

Bought by WCPN, KUT, KSRQ, KCPW, and KUOW


  • Added: Oct 11, 2013
  • Length: 55:01
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Author M.K. Asante , Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Authors T.C. BOYLE, M.K. ASANTE, IAN DOESCHER, and music by TANYA DONELLY.

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


  • Added: Oct 11, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Jonathan Coulton, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author/artist MOLLY CRABAPPLE, Chef CHRISTINA TOSI, musical guest JONATHAN COULTON.

Bought by KUT, KCPW, and KUOW


  • Added: Oct 04, 2013
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 3