Live Wire Specials

Series produced by Live Wire! Radio

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Specially-themed episodes

Live Wire Specials include:

Best of Books
Black History Month
Father's Day
Holiday Special
Mother's Day
National Poetry Month
New Year's Special
Pride
Valentine's Day
Women's History Month


18 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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This Black History Month special episode features the 22nd U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, writer and poet Saeed Jones, and music from singer-so...

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio, WLPR , WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., KUPR low power FM, KECG and more


  • Added: Jan 23, 2024
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 10
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This special holiday edition of Live Wire features comedian and podcaster Paul F. Tompkins, poet José Olivarez, and singer-songwriter Esme Patterson.

Bought by WUFT and WCQS


  • Added: Nov 15, 2023
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 2
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In celebration of Women's History Month, this episode features comedian and podcaster Jamie Loftus, writer and mountaineer Silvia Vasquez-Lavado, a...

Bought by KBBI Alaska


  • Added: Mar 02, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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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 special Holiday Edition of Live Wire features comedian Paul F. Tompkins, podcaster Sarah Marshall of You're Wrong About, and music from jazz v...

  • Added: Dec 14, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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In celebration of Pride Month, this special episode features writer Kristen Arnett, podcaster James Kim, and music from the first openly gay countr...

Bought by KUHF and KAWC / Border Radio - KOFA


  • Added: May 31, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Live Wire celebrates Mother's Day with musician and writer Michelle Zauner (a.k.a. Japanese Breakfast), Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Al...

Bought by KTXK, KUFM - Montana Public Radio, WFAE, and KTSW 89.9


  • Added: Mar 29, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
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In celebration of National Poetry Month, Live Wire welcomes poets Roger Reeves, Anis Mojgani, Franny Choi, and Derrick C. Brown with musical accomp...

Bought by WJCT, KUPR low power FM, and KUNM


  • Added: Mar 23, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
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In celebration of Women's History Month, this episode features filmmaker Andrea Nevins, writer Melissa Febos, and music from Pink Martini.

Bought by KNCT FM, KMUN, KUT, WGBH Radio Boston, KUNM and more


  • Added: Feb 22, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 9
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This Black History Month Special features celebrated writers Hanif Abdurraqib and Clint Smith, with music from genre-bending powerhouse Melanie Cha...

Bought by KMUN, KUOW, WYSU, WAMC Northeast Public Radio, KMRE-LP Bellingham, Wash. and more


  • Added: Jan 25, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 28
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This "Best of Books" special features celebrated writers Ashley C. Ford and John Green.

Bought by Oregon Public Broadcasting, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., and KTOO


  • Added: Dec 12, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
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This special Father's Day-themed episode features writer Adam Mansbach, filmmaker Maya Forbes & singer China Forbes, plus comedy from Kurt Braunohler.

  • Added: Jun 16, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Roger Reeves
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
Caption: Mikki Kendall
In celebration of Women's History Month, this episode features author and activist Mikki Kendall, comedian and podcaster Jamie Loftus, and music fr...

Bought by High Plains Public Radio


  • Added: Mar 12, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 1
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In celebration of Black History Month, this special episode features poet Kevin Young, groundbreaking Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, writer and h...

  • Added: Feb 22, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
Caption: Naomi Ekperigin on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This Valentine's Day-themed episode features comedian Naomi Ekperigin (Couple's Therapy podcast), Poet Laureate of Oregon Anis Mojgani, and music f...

  • Added: Feb 09, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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 ...

Bought by KSTK, KSFR, RadioStPete Florida, and KUNM


  • Added: Dec 18, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Atsuko Okatsuka on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This "Best of 2020" holiday episode features masters of improv Thomas Middleditch & Ben Schwartz, comedian Atsuko Okatsuka, and music from singer-s...

Bought by KUNM, KMRE-LP Bellingham, Wash., New Hampshire Public Radio, and WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass.


  • Added: Nov 18, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4