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 includes author and podcaster Lulu Miller, writer Sopan Deb, and music from Moorea Masa.

  • Added: Jul 22, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode includes poet Hanif Abdurraqib, author Eula Biss, and music from Lydia Loveless.

  • Added: Jul 06, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode includes writer Lidia Yuknavitch, comedian Atsuko Okatsuka, and music from The Black Tones.

  • Added: Jul 02, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode features writer and psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb, Pulitzer Prize winner Mitchell S. Jackson, comedian Mohanad Elshieky, and music fro...

  • Added: Jun 29, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode features writer Ashley C. Ford and music from Amigo the Devil.

  • Added: Jun 24, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This Father's Day-themed episode features writer Adam Mansbach, filmmaker Maya Forbes & singer China Forbes, plus comedy from Kurt Braunohler.

  • Added: Jun 17, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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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
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This episode includes comedian Chris Gethard, writer Clint Smith, and music from singer-songwriter Faye Webster.

  • Added: Jun 10, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode includes writers Daniel Lavery and Michael Arceneaux, plus music from Jonathan Russell of indie folk group The Head and the Heart.

  • Added: Jun 03, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode includes author David Green and music from Dessa.

  • Added: May 27, 2021
  • Length: 59:01