Live Wire! Radio

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Live Wire artfully blends unpredictable conversation, live music, and original comedy from all types of cultural talent and creative minds, from emerging artists to established acts. Hosted by Luke Burbank (Wait Wait... Don't Tell MeCBS Sunday Morning), the show is taped in front of a live audience in Portland, Oregon and reaches over 300,000 listeners via 150 public radio stations across the country (including WAMU in DC, KUOW in Seattle, KJZZ in Phoenix, Minnesota Public Radio, and more).

Past guests include writers and authors such as George Saunders, Cheryl Strayed, Hanif Abdurraqib, Lindy West, Chuck Klosterman, Salman Rushdie, and Gary Shteyngart; performers and comedians John Hodgman, Paul F. Tompkins, Abbi Jacobson, Michael Ian Black, Jackie Kashian, Naomi Ekperigin, Ian Karmel, Phoebe Robinson, Andy Kindler, and Reggie Watts; and film directors Gus Van Sant, Todd Haynes, Lynn Shelton, and Chapman & Maclain Way (Wild Wild Country). Past musical guests include Helio Sequence, The Dandy Warhols, Meklit, Laura Gibson, Open Mike Eagle, Pink Martini, Jonathan Coulton, and Bilal, to name a few.

Series

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4 Pieces

Fundraising Materials for Live Wire

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453 Pieces

Live Wire artfully blends unpredictable conversation, live music, and original comedy from all types of cultural talent and creative minds, from emerging artists to established acts. NOTE: This program is available to PRX affiliates. For more information please email memberships@prx.org.

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12 Pieces

From the comfort of their own homes, this six-week series features Live Wire Radio host Luke Burbank and announcer Elena Passarello chatting with guest about their current projects, while also addressing how they are responding to and engaging with the current social climate.


Pieces

Caption: Demi Adejuyigbe
This episode features comedian Demi Adejuyigbe, journalist Drew Magary, and music from soulful duo The War and Treaty.

  • Added: Sep 28, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
Caption: Chapman & MacLain Way on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode features Chapman & MacLain Way, the filmmakers behind Netflix's "Wild Wild Country" docuseries, as well as comedian Ahmed Bharoocha, b...

  • Added: Sep 24, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Hanif Abdurraquib
This episode features poet and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib, writer Eula Biss, and music from Lydia Loveless.

  • Added: Sep 17, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Timothy Egan on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode features Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Timothy Egan, cannabis activist Jeannette Ward Horton, and music from indie pop duo Pure Bathin...

  • Added: Sep 09, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Maria Bamford
This episode features comedians Maria Bamford and Nore Davis, plus music from country singer-songwriter Brandy Clark.

  • Added: Sep 03, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Chioke I'Anson on Live Wire , Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode features the voice of NPR’s underwriting, Chioke I’Anson, plus podcaster and investigative journalist Leah Sottile, and a tribute to s...

  • Added: Aug 26, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: W. Kamau Bell
This episode features comedian and host of CNN's "United Shades of America" W. Kamau Bell, plus science reporter Julia Rosen, and music from Samant...

  • Added: Aug 20, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Jeff Tweedy
This episode is a pledge edition of Live Wire that features actor François Clemmons, hair stylist Deanna Everson, and music from Jeff Tweedy of Wil...

Bought by KCPW Salt Lake City, WQLN, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and Wisconsin Public Radio


  • Added: Aug 13, 2020
  • Length: 47:42
  • Purchases: 4
Caption:  John Hodgman on Live Wire
This episode is features humorist John Hodgman, writer and podcaster Jon Mooallem, and music from Allen Stone.

  • Added: Aug 12, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Hari Kondabolu on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode features comedian Hari Kondabolu, science journalist Sarah Scoles, and music from Angelica Garcia.

  • Added: Aug 06, 2020
  • Length: 59:00