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.

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Fundraising Materials for Live Wire

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543 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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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 features comedian and Emmy Award-nominated writer Sam Jay, standup from Sean Patton, and music from singer-songwriter Kurt Vile.

  • Added: Jun 23, 2022
  • Length: 59:01
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This Father's Day episode features filmmaker Kirsten Johnson, comedian Chris Garcia, and music from Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.

  • Added: Jun 16, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features food writer Cecily Wong and indie rock singer-songwriter Andrew Bird.

  • Added: Jun 09, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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In celebration of Pride Month, this episode features writer Kristen Arnett, podcaster James Kim, and music from the first openly gay country band L...

  • Added: Jun 03, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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In celebration of Pride Month, this special episode features writer Kristen Arnett, podcaster James Kim, and music from the first openly gay countr...

Bought by KAWC / Border Radio - KOFA


  • Added: May 31, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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This episode features New Yorker writer Kathryn Schultz, football coach Keanon Lowe, and music from singer-songwriter John Craigie.

  • Added: May 26, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features podcast host Anna Sale, writer Elissa Washuta, and music from indie rocker Juliana Hatfield.

  • Added: May 20, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features filmmaker John Waters, writer Sasha LaPointe, and music from indie rock group Deep Sea Diver.

  • Added: May 13, 2022
  • Length: 59:01
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Live Wire celebrates Mother's Day with musician and writer Michelle Zauner (a.k.a. Japanese Breakfast), Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Al...

  • Added: May 06, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features celebrated chef and restaurateur Gregory Gourdet and music from singer-songwriter No-No Boy.

  • Added: Apr 28, 2022
  • Length: 59:01