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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10 Pieces

Fundraising Materials for Live Wire

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619 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 features writer and director Laura Chinn, standup comedian Mohanad Elshieky, and music Jenny Conlee of The Decemberists.

  • Added: Jun 01, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features writer Isaac Fitzgerald, stand-up comedian Carmen Lagala, and music from multi-media artist No-No Boy.

  • Added: May 24, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features YA author and podcaster Dana Schwartz, writer Jenny Odell, and music from Black Belt Eagle Scout.

  • Added: May 18, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features writer Chuck Klosterman and music from international rock group Making Movies.

  • Added: May 11, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features podcaster and journalist Kelsey McKinney, poet Brenda Shaughnessy, and music from singer-songwriter Madison Cunningham.

  • Added: May 05, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features musician and writer Michelle Zauner (a.k.a. Japanese Breakfast), standup comedian Sean Patton, and singer-songwriter Kurt Vile.

  • Added: Apr 28, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik, standup comedian Abby Govindan, and music from singer-songwriter Reckless Son.

  • Added: Apr 21, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features New York Times Magazine writer Jon Mooallem, chef and bar owner Jenny Nguyen, and music from singer-songwriter Laura Veirs.

  • Added: Apr 14, 2023
  • Length: 59:01
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Host Luke Burbank explains why Live Wire is like having a dinner party with the most interesting and engaging guests you could imagine.

Bought by High Plains Public Radio


  • Added: Apr 12, 2023
  • Length: 01:53
  • Purchases: 1
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Kelly McEvers (formerly of "All Things Considered") reads goofy Today Show headlines in her most official-sounding pubic radio voice.

Bought by High Plains Public Radio


  • Added: Apr 12, 2023
  • Length: 03:00
  • Purchases: 1