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.

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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 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


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Caption: Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall, Credit: Jennie Baker
This New Year's special episode features gonzo journalist Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall, founder of "Unlikely Hikers" Jenny Bruso, and music from blues ...

  • Added: Dec 18, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
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-...

  • Added: Dec 16, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Ian Karmel on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode features comedian Ian Karmel, radio host Al Letson, writer and satirist Caitlin Kunkel, and music from singer-songwriter Laura Gibson.

  • Added: Dec 14, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Ijeoma Oluo
This episode features writer Ijeoma Oluo, historian and contributor at The New Yorker Jill Lepore, and music from indie folk duo The Bengsons.

  • Added: Dec 10, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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: 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
Caption: Demi Adejuyigbe
This episode features comedian Demi Adejuyigbe, journalist Drew Magary, and music from soulful duo The War and Treaty.

  • Added: Oct 01, 2020
  • Length: 59:01
Caption: Chapman & MacLain Way on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode features Chapman & MacLain Way, the filmmakers behind Netflix's "Wild Wild Country" docuseries, as well as comedian Ahmed Bharoocha, b...

  • Added: Sep 24, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Hanif Abdurraquib
This episode features poet and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib, writer Eula Biss, and music from Lydia Loveless.

  • Added: Sep 17, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Timothy Egan on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode features Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Timothy Egan, cannabis activist Jeannette Ward Horton, and music from indie pop duo Pure Bathin...

  • Added: Sep 09, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Maria Bamford
This episode features comedians Maria Bamford and Nore Davis, plus music from country singer-songwriter Brandy Clark.

  • Added: Sep 03, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Chioke I'Anson on Live Wire , Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode features the voice of NPR’s underwriting, Chioke I’Anson, plus podcaster and investigative journalist Leah Sottile, and a tribute to s...

  • Added: Aug 26, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: W. Kamau Bell
This episode features comedian and host of CNN's "United Shades of America" W. Kamau Bell, plus science reporter Julia Rosen, and music from Samant...

  • Added: Aug 20, 2020
  • Length: 59:00