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. Hosted by Luke Burbank (Wait Wait... Don't Tell MeCBS 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.

Series

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6 Pieces

Fundraising Materials for Live Wire

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523 Pieces

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.

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From the comfort of their own homes, this six-week series features Live Wire Radio host Luke Burbank and announcer Elena Passarello chatting with guest about their current projects, while also addressing how they are responding to and engaging with the current social climate.

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Specially-themed episodes


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This Black History Month Special features writers Hanif Abdurraqib and Clint Smith, with music from genre-bending powerhouse Melanie Charles.

  • Added: Jan 27, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features writer Matthew Gavin Frank, filmmakers Davy Rothbart & Cheryl Sanford, and music from Andrew Bird & Jimbo Mathus.

  • Added: Jan 27, 2022
  • Length: 59:01
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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 WVPE and KPCC


  • Added: Jan 25, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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This episode features comedian Paul F. Tompkins, podcaster Sarah Marshall, and music from Buffalo Nichols.

  • Added: Jan 20, 2022
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode features actor and podcaster Connor ratliff, writer Mikki Kendall, and indie folk artist Faye Webster.

  • Added: Jan 13, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode includes poet Kaveh Akbar, writer Danielle Henderson , and music from Deep Sea Diver.

  • Added: Jan 06, 2022
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode features actor and writer David Duchovny, jump rope world champions Nick & Kaylee Woodard, and music from singer-songwriter Jensen Mc...

  • Added: Dec 22, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features hip hop artist and activist Talib Kweli, celebrated writer George Saunders, and music from singer-songwriter Jillette Johnson.

  • Added: Dec 22, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
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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 "Best of Books" special features celebrated writers Ashley C. Ford and John Green

  • Added: Dec 12, 2021
  • Length: 59:00