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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650 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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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.

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18 Pieces

Specially-themed episodes


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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 KWBU, WUKY, and High Plains Public Radio


  • Added: Apr 12, 2023
  • Length: 01:53
  • Purchases: 3
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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 KWBU, KLCC, WUKY, WLRN, and High Plains Public Radio


  • Added: Apr 12, 2023
  • Length: 03:00
  • Purchases: 5
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Sam Sanders (formerly of "It's Been A Minute") explains how pop culture can often help us understand who we are.

Bought by KWBU, WUKY, and High Plains Public Radio


  • Added: Apr 12, 2023
  • Length: 01:57
  • Purchases: 3
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Comedian Dave Hill talks about supporting public radio... and your mother.

Bought by KWBU, KLCC, WUKY, WLRN, and High Plains Public Radio


  • Added: Apr 12, 2023
  • Length: :43
  • Purchases: 5
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This episode features runner and author Lauren Fleshman, comedian and writer Joey Clift, and music from indie rock band Who Is She.

  • Added: Apr 06, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features podcaster and writer Dylan Marron and music from Brittany Davis.

  • Added: Mar 23, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features author Cheryl Strayed ("Tiny Beautiful Things"), writer Joseph Earl Thomas, and music from singer-songwriter Stephanie Anne J...

  • Added: Mar 23, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features indie rock singer-songwriter Andrew Bird, plus "Gastro Obscura" author Cecily Wong.

  • Added: Mar 17, 2023
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode features poet and essayist Ross Gay, writer and Michelin-starred chef Iliana Regan, and music from Baroque Betty with Mood Area 52.

  • Added: Mar 09, 2023
  • Length: 59:00