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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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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17 Pieces

Specially-themed episodes


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Caption: Natalie Morales
This episode features filmmakers and actors Mark Duplass & Natalie Morales, ballet dancer James Whiteside, and music from singer-songwriter Dar Wil...

  • Added: Aug 09, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: George Saunders
This episode is a pledge edition of Live Wire that features writer George Saunders, comedian and podcaster Laci Mosley, and music from Jensen McRae.

Bought by WUTC, KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio, KUT, KUNR, KLCC and more


  • Added: Aug 09, 2022
  • Length: 48:11
  • Purchases: 12
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This episode features writer Chuck Klosterman and Making Movies.

  • Added: Aug 04, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features writer Nichole Perkins, filmmaker Lucy Walker, and music from Broadway star Joshua Henry.

  • Added: Jul 28, 2022
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode features podcaster and writer Dylan Marron and music from Brittany Davis.

  • Added: Jul 21, 2022
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode features writer and comedian Cecily Strong (Saturday Night Live) and rapper Shad.

  • Added: Jul 14, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features writer Jon Mooallem, chef and bar owner Jenny Nguyen, and music from singer-songwriter Laura Veirs.

  • Added: Jul 07, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features writer Daisy Hernandez and The Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne.

  • Added: Jun 30, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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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