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


Additional Files

646 Pieces

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Caption: Michelle Zauner
This episode features musician and writer Michelle Zauner (a.k.a. Japanese Breakfast), standup comedian Sean Patton, and singer-songwriter Kurt Vile.

  • Added: Apr 28, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik, standup comedian Abby Govindan, and music from singer-songwriter Reckless Son.

  • Added: Apr 21, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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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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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
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This episode features writer and comedian Jamie Loftus, writer and mountaineer Silvia Vasquez-Lavado, and music from legendary musician and activis...

  • Added: Mar 02, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features comedian Hari Kondabolu (Snack vs. Chef) and singer-songwriter Margo Cilker.

  • Added: Feb 22, 2023
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode features New Yorker writer Kathryn Schultz, football coach Keanon Lowe, and music from singer-songwriter John Craigie.

  • Added: Feb 16, 2023
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode features poet Saeed Jones, writer Silvia Moreno-Garcia, and indie-folk duo The Lowest Pair.

  • Added: Feb 10, 2023
  • Length: 59:01
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This "Black History Month" special episode features comedian and TV writer Sam Jay, publisher Jelani Memory, and music from Leyla McCalla and Black...

  • Added: Feb 02, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features chef and writer J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, comedian Sara Schaefer, and music from indie rock group Dehd.

  • Added: Jan 26, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features legendary filmmaker John Waters, writer Sasha LaPointe, and music from Deep Sea Diver.

  • Added: Jan 20, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features podcaster Aubrey Gordon, standup comedian Chris Meija, and music from Danielle Ponder.

  • Added: Jan 13, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features celebrated chef and restaurateur Gregory Gourdet, plus music from singer-songwriter No-No Boy.

  • Added: Dec 22, 2022
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode features actor and comedian Molly Shannon and music by South African rocker Tuelo.

  • Added: Dec 22, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features comedian Paul F. Tompkins, podcast host Sarah Marshall, and music from jazz vocalist Jimmie Herrod.

  • Added: Dec 19, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features podcaster and writer Nora McInerny, music industry entrepreneur Nabil Ayers, and singer-songwriter Madison Cunningham.

  • Added: Dec 16, 2022
  • Length: 59:00