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


Pieces

Caption: Abbi Jacobson on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode features comedian, writer, and illustrator Abbi Jacobson ("Broad City"), author Nicole Chung, and music from soul group The Dip.

  • Added: Dec 03, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Rachel Bloom
This episode features entertainer and writer Rachel Bloom, poet Natalie Diaz, and music from singer-songwriter Kevin Morby.

  • Added: Nov 30, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Phoebe Robinson on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode features comedian Phoebe Robinson, writer and amateur boxer Thomas Page McBee, and music from folk singer Sammy Brue.

  • Added: Nov 19, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
Caption: Atsuko Okatsuka on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This "Best of 2020" holiday episode features masters of improv Thomas Middleditch & Ben Schwartz, comedian Atsuko Okatsuka, and music from singer-s...

Bought by KUNM, KMRE-LP Bellingham, Wash., New Hampshire Public Radio, and WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass.


  • Added: Nov 18, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Kirsten Johnson
This episode features New York Times opinion writer and bestselling author Lindy West, documentary filmmaker Kirsten Johnson, and music from cellis...

  • Added: Nov 12, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Angelica Garcia on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode features journalist and activist Jose Antonio Vargas, poet Danez Smith, and singer-songwriter Angelica Garcia.

  • Added: Nov 06, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
Caption: Anaïs Mitchell
This episode gets into the spooky season with "Mucho Mucho Amor" filmmakers Cristina Costantini & Kareem Tabsch, plus singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitch...

  • Added: Oct 29, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Tommy Pico on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode learns the art of "letting go" with poet Tommy Pico, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eli Saslow, and comedian Emily Heller, with mus...

  • Added: Oct 22, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Lulu Miller
This episode features Radiolab co-host Lulu Miller, comedian and writer Sopan Deb, and music from Moorea Masa & The Mood.

  • Added: Oct 15, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Abdi Nor Iftin on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode makes some "great escapes" with writer and circus sideshow performer Tessa Fontaine, memoirist and visa lottery winner Abdi Nor Iftin,...

  • Added: Oct 07, 2020
  • Length: 58:59