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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8 Pieces

Fundraising Materials for Live Wire

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566 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 episode features comedian Paul F. Tompkins, podcast host Sarah Marshall, and music from Buffalo Nichols.

  • Added: Nov 29, 2022
  • Length: :00
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This episode features writer George Saunders and music from Samantha Crain.

  • Added: Nov 24, 2022
  • Length: 58:59
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This episode features Washington Post reporter Casey Park and singer-songwriter and The Voice finalist Thunderstorm Artis.

  • Added: Nov 07, 2022
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode features poet Kaveh Akbar, writer Danielle Henderson, and music from indie rock band Deep Sea Diver.

  • Added: Nov 04, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features writer and mountaineer Silvia Vasquez-Lavado, comedian Curtis Cook, and music from singer-songwriter Patterson Hood of Drive-...

  • Added: Oct 28, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features satirist Ginny Hogan, Oregon's Poet Laureate Anis Mojgani, and music from jazz vocalist Jimmie Herrod.

  • Added: Oct 27, 2022
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode features writer Gary Shteyngart, comedian Atsuko Okatska, and music from indie folk duo The Lowest Pair.

  • Added: Oct 20, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features Conan O'Brien's assistant Sona Movsesian, stand-up comedian Marcella Arguello, and music from Brown Calculus.

  • Added: Oct 13, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features writer and radio host Tom Scharpling (The Best Show), comedian Mohanad Elshieky, and music from indie rock group MAITA.

  • Added: Oct 06, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features podcaster Sam Sanders, writer Erika L. Sanchez, and music from singer-songwriter John Craigie.

  • Added: Sep 29, 2022
  • Length: 59:00