Live Wire

Series produced by 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.

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Hosted by Luke Burbank (Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me, CBS 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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Hosted by Luke Burbank (Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me, CBS 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... Show full description


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This Mother's Day special episode includes filmmaker Barry Sonnenfeld, writer Saeed Jones, comedian Laurie Kilmartin, and music from Alela Diane

  • Added: May 06, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode includes musician and writer Michelle Zauner, comedian Laci Mosley, and music from Kishi Bashi

  • Added: Apr 29, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode includes comedian Cameron Esposito, writer Ross Gay, and music from indie folk trio The Lone Bellow.

  • Added: Apr 22, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
Caption: Quiara Alegría Hudes
This episode includes playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes, essayist Lauren Hough, and music from Black Violin.

  • Added: Apr 16, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features poets Roger Reeves, Franny Choi, and Derrick C. Brown with musical accompaniment from The Helio Sequence.

  • Added: Apr 08, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode includes writer Hanif Abdurraqib, filmmaker Andrea Nevins, and music from Shakey Graves.

  • Added: Apr 01, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features comedian Paula Poundstone, comedy writer Joey Clift of "Our Fifty States Project," and music from Jimmie Herrod.

  • Added: Mar 26, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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In celebration of Women's History Month, this episode features author and activist Mikki Kendall, comedian and podcaster Jamie Loftus, and music fr...

  • Added: Mar 18, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode features writer Shea Serrano, comedians Brooks Wheelan & Nick Turner, and music from Waxahatchee.

  • Added: Mar 11, 2021
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Davy Rothbart & Cheryl Sanford
This episode features writer Matthew Gavin Frank, filmmaker Davy Rothbart & his subject Cheryl Sanford of the documentary film "17 Blocks," and mus...

  • Added: Mar 04, 2021
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Amythyst Kiah
In celebration of Black History Month, this episode features poet Kevin Young, groundbreaking Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, writer and historian...

  • Added: Feb 25, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
Caption: Talib Kweli
This episode features hip hop artist and activist Talib Kweli, celebrated writer George Saunders, and music from singer-songwriter Jillette Johnson.

  • Added: Feb 18, 2021
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Naomi Ekperigin on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode features comedian Naomi Ekperigin, Poet Laureate of Oregon Anis Mojgani, and music from The War and Treaty.

  • Added: Feb 11, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
Caption: David Duchovny
This episode features actor and author David Duchovny, jump rope champions Nick & Kaylee Woodard, and music from Jensen McRae.

  • Added: Feb 04, 2021
  • Length: 58:59
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This episode features podcaster and grief expert Nora McInerny, writer Jon Mooallem, and music from Jeff Tweedy.

  • Added: Jan 28, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features actor Connor Ratliff of the podcast Dead Eyes, plus neuroscientist Dr. Carl Hart, and music from Ani DiFranco.

  • Added: Jan 21, 2021
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Dani Shapiro on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode features writer Dani Shapiro, comedian Chris Garcia, and music from indie-rock band Casey Neill & The Norway Rats.

  • Added: Jan 14, 2021
  • Length: 58:59
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This episode features Roman Mars & Kurt Kohlstedt from the 99% Invisible podcast, plus poet and essayist Shayla Lawson, and music from Colin Hay.

  • Added: Jan 07, 2021
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall, Credit: Jennie Baker
This New Year's special episode features gonzo journalist Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall, founder of "Unlikely Hikers" Jenny Bruso, and music from blues ...

  • Added: Dec 18, 2020
  • Length: 58:59