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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645 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 author and Jeopardy co-host Ken Jennings, writer Erica Berry, and music from rock ground Making Movies.

  • Added: Jul 27, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features Washington Post reporter Casey Park and singer-songerwriter Thunderstorm Artis.

  • Added: Jul 19, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features journalist Ari Shapiro (All Things Considered) and comedian and TV writer Demi Adejuyigbe.

  • Added: Jul 13, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features satrist Ginny Hogan, Oregon's Poet Laureate Anis Mojgani, and music form Jimmie Herrod.

  • Added: Jul 06, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features writer and podcaster Jamie Loftus, poet José Olivarez, and music from Danielle Ponder.

  • Added: Jun 30, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode feature writer and podcaster Sona Movsesian, standup comedian Marcella Arguello, and music from Brown Calculus.

  • Added: Jun 21, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features acclaimed author Timothy Egan, plus rapper and poet Dessa.

  • Added: Jun 15, 2023
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode features podcaster Sam Sanders, writer Erika L. Sanchez, and music from singer-songwriter John Craigie.

  • Added: Jun 07, 2023
  • Length: 58:59
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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