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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514 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 copy editor Mary Norris (The New Yorker), actor and writer Ryan O'Connell, and music from soul-rock group Dirty Revival.

  • Added: Sep 24, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode includes filmmakers Mark Duplass & Natalie Morales, ballet dancer James Whiteside, and music from Dar Williams.

  • Added: Sep 16, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode includes comedian Maria Bamford, stand-up comic Shain Brenden, and music from country singer-songwriter Brandy Clark.

  • Added: Sep 09, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode includes writer Nichole Perkins, documentary filmmaker Lucy Walker, and music from Joshua Henry.

  • Added: Sep 02, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode includes comedian Hari Kondabolu, science writer Sarah Scoles, and music from Angelica Garcia.

  • Added: Aug 27, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode includes comedian and SNL cast member Cecily Strong and Canadian rapper Shad.

  • Added: Aug 19, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode includes writer Casey Cep, comedian Matteo Lane, and music from Samantha Crain.

  • Added: Aug 12, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode is a pledge edition of Live Wire that features writer George Saunders, comedian and podcaster Laci Mosley, and music from Jensen McRae.

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  • Added: Aug 12, 2021
  • Length: 48:11
  • Purchases: 9
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This episode features writer Daisy Hernández and musician Wayne Coyne from The Flaming Lips.

  • Added: Aug 05, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features writer Lindy West, filmmaker Kirsten Johnson, and music from Leyla McCalla.

  • Added: Jul 29, 2021
  • Length: 59:00