Live Wire

Series produced by 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.

NOTE: This program is available to PRX affiliates. For more information please email memberships@prx.org.

Hosted by Luke Burbank (Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me, CBS 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.

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Hosted by Luke Burbank (Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me, CBS 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... Show full description


Additional Files

643 Pieces

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This episode features author R. Eric Thomas, comedian Ian Karmel, and music from indie group NONBINARY GIRLFRIEND.

  • Added: May 22, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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This 20th Anniversary Special features writer and former Live Wire host Courtenay Hameister, plus music from Charley Crockett and Moshow the Cat Ra...

  • Added: May 16, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features comedian and podcaster Paul F. Tompkins, poet and memoirist Safiya Sinclair, and music from Isabeau Waia'u Walker.

  • Added: May 09, 2024
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode features writer Cheryl Strayed, comedian Jay Jurden, and music from Dessa.

  • Added: May 03, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features comedian and writer Aparna Nancherla, stand-up comedy from Gary Gulman, and music from singer-songwriter No-No Boy.

  • Added: Apr 24, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features New Yorker cartoonist Emily Flake, writer and artist Tessa Hulls, and music from Pure Bathing Culture.

  • Added: Apr 18, 2024
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode feature comedian Gary Gulman, Oregon Poet Laureate Anis Mojgani, and music from singer-songwriter Olive Klug.

  • Added: Apr 10, 2024
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode features comedian and writer Moshe Kasher, stand-up from Mohanad Elshieky, and music from indie rock group Glitterfox.

  • Added: Apr 05, 2024
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode features writer and comedian Scott Aukerman, astrophysicist Sarafina El-Badry Nance, and music from Family Worship Center.

  • Added: Mar 28, 2024
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode features writer and podcaster Lindy West, comedian Paul F. Tompkins, and music from soul group Ural Thomas and the Pain.

  • Added: Mar 21, 2024
  • Length: 58:59
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This episode features author Héctor Tobar, writer and comedian Jena Friedman, and music from indie folk trio Joseph.

  • Added: Mar 15, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features writer Sloane Crosley, The New Yorker Roz Chast, and Black Belt Eagle Scout.

  • Added: Mar 07, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features comedian Maria Bamford and music from singer-songwriter Isabeau Waia'u Walker.

  • Added: Mar 01, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features comedian and writer Dave Hill and music from singer-songwriter No-No Boy.

  • Added: Feb 15, 2024
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode features author and Jeopardy co-host Ken Jennings, writer Erica Berry, and music from rock group Making Movies.

  • Added: Feb 15, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features podcaster Avery Trufelman, author Camille Dungy, and singer-songwriter Olive Klug.

  • Added: Feb 08, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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This Black History Month Special features 22nd Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, writer and poet Saeed Jones, and music from singer-songwriter Meklit.

  • Added: Feb 01, 2024
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode features journalist J. Wortham of The New York Times Magazine, author Curtis Sittenfeld, and singer-songwriter Margo Cilker.

  • Added: Jan 26, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features writer and podcaster Jamie Loftus, chef J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, and music from Danielle Ponder.

  • Added: Jan 15, 2024
  • Length: 59:00