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.

NOTE: This program is available to PRX affiliates. For more information please email memberships@prx.org.

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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Caption: Wesley Stace
Guests include: Author Wesley Stace aka musician John Wesley Harding, Eastern European gypsy/jazz/klezmer punk band Chervona and storyteller Aaron ...

Bought by WGBH Radio Boston and WNJR


  • Added: Mar 11, 2011
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Karen Russell, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests include: Author Karen Russell, salt expert Mark Bitterman, musical guests Cave Singers.

Bought by WGBH Radio Boston and WNJR


  • Added: Mar 03, 2011
  • Length: 58:55
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: The Timbers Army, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests include Timbers owner Merritt Paulson, fisher poet Moe Bowstern, musical guest Langhorne Slim.

Bought by WCPN, WGBH Radio Boston, and WNJR


  • Added: Feb 24, 2011
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: John Roderick, Jonathan Coulton, John Hodgeman
Guests include: Chuck Barris, Dave Frishberg, Bruce Campbell, John Hodgman, Jonathan Coulton and John Roderick, Alison Bechdel and Lynda Barry and...

  • Added: Feb 19, 2011
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Dan Savage
Guests include: syndicated advice columnist Dan Savage, poets Derrick Brown and Claudia Handler, musical guests John Roderick and Holcombe Waller.

  • Added: Feb 17, 2011
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Maria Bamford
Guests include: Comedians Maria Bamford and Tig Notaro, plus actor/comedian from TV's COMMUNITY, Danny Pudi. Musical guest folk singer Michelle Sho...

Bought by WNJR


  • Added: Feb 03, 2011
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Michael Curry
Best of 2010 Show - guests include: Puppeteer Michael Curry, author Steve Almond, musical guest John Roderick.

  • Added: Jan 27, 2011
  • Length: 58:57
Caption: Gus Van Sant, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests include: Filmmaker Gus Van Sant, Carrie Brownstein from the new IFC series "Portlandia", world music drummer Obo Addy.

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Jan 13, 2011
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Lizz Winstead, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire
Guests include: comedian Lizz Winstead, singer/songwriter Bobby Bare, Jr., and The Portland Opera.

  • Added: Jan 07, 2011
  • Length: 58:58
Caption: Anis Mojgani
Some of our favorite Memorable Moments, including The Decemberists' Colin Meloy, Christopher Moore, The Lonely Forest, Taylor Mali

  • Added: Dec 31, 2010
  • Length: 59:11
Caption: Dan Savage, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests include: author and columnist Dan Savage, filmmaker Christoph Baaden and musical guest Thao Nguyen.

Bought by WNJR and KUOW


  • Added: Dec 23, 2010
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Todd Levin, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests include: writer & comedian Todd Levin, essayist Justin Hocking and musical guest Laura Veirs.

Bought by WNJR


  • Added: Dec 16, 2010
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Mimicking Birds, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests include writer and therumpus.net founder Stephen Elliott, Harriet Fasenfest and musical guests Mimicking Birds.

  • Added: Dec 10, 2010
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Weinland, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests include political satirist Will Durst, Cort & Fatboy, and musical guests Weinland.

Bought by WNJR


  • Added: Dec 02, 2010
  • Length: 58:55
  • Purchases: 1
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Guests include orangutan expert Dr. Birute Galdikas, monologist Jeff Greenwald, musical guests The Blue Cranes.

  • Added: Nov 25, 2010
  • Length: 59:27
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guests include rising star filmmaker Andy Blubaugh, Food Critic Karen Brooks and singer/songwriter Erin McKeown

Bought by WNJR


  • Added: Nov 18, 2010
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Credit: Wendy Peyton for Live Wire! Radio
Guests include Congressman Earl Blumenauer, storyteller Nathanial Boggess and musical guest The Upsidedown with special guest REM's Peter Buck

  • Added: Nov 11, 2010
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Author/Singer-Songwriter Willy Vlautin, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire! Radio
Guests include Willy Vlautin, novelist and frontman for Americana band Richmond Fontaine, Authors Jamie Ford and Jennie Shortridge from Novel:Live ...

Bought by WNJR


  • Added: Nov 05, 2010
  • Length: 58:55
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Curtis Salgado, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire! Radio
Guests include the creatives behind the brilliant Old Spice Commercials, Rock Opera Grievous Angel - The Legend of Gram Parsons and bluesman Curtis...

Bought by KSRQ and WNJR


  • Added: Oct 28, 2010
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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One of America's pre-eminent boxing writers Katherine Dunn, Julie Sabatier - host of the pubic radio podcast Destination DIY explores the urban far...

  • Added: Oct 28, 2010
  • Length: 59:26