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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11 Pieces

Fundraising Materials for Live Wire

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636 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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Fundraising spots that promote the importance of public radio!

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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.

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Specially-themed episodes


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This episode feature comedian Gary Gulman, Oregon Poet Laureate Anis Mojgani, and music from singer-songwriter Olive Klug.

  • Added: Apr 10, 2024
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode features comedian and writer Moshe Kasher, stand-up from Mohanad Elshieky, and music from indie rock group Glitterfox.

  • Added: Apr 05, 2024
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode features writer and comedian Scott Aukerman, astrophysicist Sarafina El-Badry Nance, and music from Family Worship Center.

  • Added: Mar 28, 2024
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode features writer and podcaster Lindy West, comedian Paul F. Tompkins, and music from soul group Ural Thomas and the Pain.

  • Added: Mar 21, 2024
  • Length: 58:59
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This episode features author Héctor Tobar, writer and comedian Jena Friedman, and music from indie folk trio Joseph.

  • Added: Mar 15, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Aubrey Gordon
This episode is a pledge edition of Live Wire that features podcaster Aubrey Gordon, standup comedian Chris Meija, and music from Danielle Ponder.

Bought by WVIA, NET Radio (Nebraska), KLCC, Tri States Public Radio, KUNC & The Colorado Sound and more


  • Added: Mar 11, 2024
  • Length: 46:01
  • Purchases: 11
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This episode features writer Sloane Crosley, The New Yorker Roz Chast, and Black Belt Eagle Scout.

  • Added: Mar 07, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features comedian Maria Bamford and music from singer-songwriter Isabeau Waia'u Walker.

  • Added: Mar 01, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features comedian and writer Dave Hill and music from singer-songwriter No-No Boy.

  • Added: Feb 15, 2024
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode features author and Jeopardy co-host Ken Jennings, writer Erica Berry, and music from rock group Making Movies.

  • Added: Feb 15, 2024
  • Length: 59:00