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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3 Pieces

Fundraising Materials for Live Wire

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440 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: Saeed Jones on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode wishes you a Happy Fourth of July, with poet Saeed Jones and writer Kristen Arnett, plus music from Ages and Ages.

  • Added: Jun 25, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Amythyst Kiah on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This is the eleventh episode of the "Live Wire House Party" series, featuring writer Ijeoma Oluo and poet Danez Smith, with music from Amythyst Kiah.

  • Added: Jun 25, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Thomas Middleditch on Live Wire
This is the twelfth episode of the "Live Wire House Party," featuring comedians Middleditch & Schwartz, plus music from Shakey Graves.

  • Added: Jun 25, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Daniel M. Ortberg
This is the tenth episode of the "Live Wire House Party" series with writers Daniel M. Ortberg and Michael Arceneaux, plus music from Prom Queen.

  • Added: Jun 25, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Clint Smith
This is the ninth episode of the "Live Wire House Party" series, featuring poet and scholar Clint Smith, music from Waxahatchee, and a tribute to f...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: François Clemmons
This is the eighth episode of the "Live Wire House Party" series, recorded from home, with actor and singer François Clemmons from "Mister Rogers' ...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Luke & Susie Burbank
This is a special Mother's Day episode, featuring Luke Burbank and Elena Passarello's moms, filmmaker Barry Sonnenfeld, and music from Fantastic Ne...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Cameron Esposito
This is the sixth episode of the "Live Wire House Party" series, recorded from home, with comedian Cameron Esposito, Claude Taylor of Twitter's @ra...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Mandy Moore
This is the fifth episode of the "Live Wire House Party" series, recorded from home, with writer Samantha Irby, food journalist Francis Lam, and si...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
Caption: Paula Poundstone
This is the fourth episode of the "Live Wire House Party" series, recorded from home, with comedian Paula Poundstone, stylist Deanna Everson, and m...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2020
  • Length: 58:59