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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Caption: James Veitch
This episode features comedian James Veitch and scent archivist Allison Breed, with music from Chasity Brown.

  • Added: Jun 24, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Tim O'Brien on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
In honor of Father's Day, this episode talks "dads" with writers Tim O'Brien and Mira Jacob, plus we hear music from Edna Vazquez.

  • Added: Jun 16, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Thomas Middleditch on Live Wire
This is the twelfth episode of the "Live Wire House Party," featuring comedians Middleditch & Schwartz, plus music from Shakey Graves.

  • Added: Jun 25, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Amythyst Kiah on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This is the eleventh episode of the "Live Wire House Party" series, featuring writer Ijeoma Oluo and poet Danez Smith, with music from Amythyst Kiah.

  • Added: Jun 25, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Daniel M. Ortberg
This is the tenth episode of the "Live Wire House Party" series with writers Daniel M. Ortberg and Michael Arceneaux, plus music from Prom Queen.

  • Added: Jun 25, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Clint Smith
This is the ninth episode of the "Live Wire House Party" series, featuring poet and scholar Clint Smith, music from Waxahatchee, and a tribute to f...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: François Clemmons
This is the eighth episode of the "Live Wire House Party" series, recorded from home, with actor and singer François Clemmons from "Mister Rogers' ...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Luke & Susie Burbank
This is a special Mother's Day episode, featuring Luke Burbank and Elena Passarello's moms, filmmaker Barry Sonnenfeld, and music from Fantastic Ne...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Cameron Esposito
This is the sixth episode of the "Live Wire House Party" series, recorded from home, with comedian Cameron Esposito, Claude Taylor of Twitter's @ra...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Mandy Moore
This is the fifth episode of the "Live Wire House Party" series, recorded from home, with writer Samantha Irby, food journalist Francis Lam, and si...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
Caption: Paula Poundstone
This is the fourth episode of the "Live Wire House Party" series, recorded from home, with comedian Paula Poundstone, stylist Deanna Everson, and m...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Jeff Tweedy
This is the third episode of the "Live Wire House Party" series, recorded from home, with writer and podcaster Nora McInerny, poet Saeed Jones, and...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Shea Serrano
This is the second episode of the "Live Wire House Party" series, recorded from home, with author Shea Serrano, comedians Brook Wheelan and Nick Tu...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Cheryl Strayed on "Live Wire House Party"
This is the first episode of the "Live Wire House Party" series, recorded from home, with writers Cheryl Strayed and Jon Mooallem, plus music from ...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Eileen Myles on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
With host Luke Burbank and Elena Passarello recording from home, this special episode features cartoonist Emily Flake and celebrated poet Eileen My...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Timothy Egan on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode takes a "leap of faith" with Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Timothy Egan, cannabis activist Jeannette Ward Horton, and comedian Adam Pa...

  • Added: Mar 13, 2020
  • Length: 58:58
Caption: Irene Taylor Brodsky on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode explores "love languages" with filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky and poet Matthew Zapruder, plus music from Bodies on the Beach.

  • Added: Mar 02, 2020
  • Length: 58:58
Caption: Chioke I'Anson on Live Wire , Credit: Duane Bolland
This episode gives us the "voice of reason" with Chioke I'Anson, the voice of NPR's underwriting, and investigative journalist Leah Sottile, plus m...

  • Added: Feb 27, 2020
  • Length: 58:58
Caption: Dina Nayeri on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode says there's "no place like place" with writer Dina Nayeri, author Adam Mansbach, and comedian Shain Brenden, plus music from LaRhonda...

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