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: 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
Caption:  John Hodgman on Live Wire
This episode is features humorist John Hodgman, writer and podcaster Jon Mooallem, and music from Allen Stone.

  • Added: Aug 12, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Hari Kondabolu on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode features comedian Hari Kondabolu, science journalist Sarah Scoles, and music from Angelica Garcia.

  • Added: Aug 06, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Jami Attenberg on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode feature author Jami Attenberg, podcaster James Kim, and music from Federale.

  • Added: Jul 30, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption:  Lidia Yuknavitch on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode features writer Lidia Yuknavitch, comedian Atsuko Okatsuka, and rock group The Black Tones.

  • Added: Jul 23, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Mo Rocca on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode spreads some cheer with humorist Mo Rocca, poet and writer Heather Christle, and music from jazz vocalist Jimmie Herrod.

  • Added: Jul 14, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Ross Gay on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode features poet Ross Gay, staff writer for The New Yorker Casey Cep, and music from Colin Hay.

  • Added: Jul 09, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Saeed Jones on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode wishes you a Happy Fourth of July, with poet Saeed Jones and writer Kristen Arnett, plus music from Ages and Ages.

  • Added: Jun 25, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: James Veitch
This episode features comedian James Veitch and scent archivist Allison Breed, with music from Chasity Brown.

  • Added: Jun 24, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Tim O'Brien on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
In honor of Father's Day, this episode talks "dads" with writers Tim O'Brien and Mira Jacob, plus we hear music from Edna Vazquez.

  • Added: Jun 16, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Thomas Middleditch on Live Wire
This is the twelfth episode of the "Live Wire House Party," featuring comedians Middleditch & Schwartz, plus music from Shakey Graves.

  • Added: Jun 25, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Amythyst Kiah on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This is the eleventh episode of the "Live Wire House Party" series, featuring writer Ijeoma Oluo and poet Danez Smith, with music from Amythyst Kiah.

  • Added: Jun 25, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Daniel M. Ortberg
This is the tenth episode of the "Live Wire House Party" series with writers Daniel M. Ortberg and Michael Arceneaux, plus music from Prom Queen.

  • Added: Jun 25, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Clint Smith
This is the ninth episode of the "Live Wire House Party" series, featuring poet and scholar Clint Smith, music from Waxahatchee, and a tribute to f...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: François Clemmons
This is the eighth episode of the "Live Wire House Party" series, recorded from home, with actor and singer François Clemmons from "Mister Rogers' ...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Luke & Susie Burbank
This is a special Mother's Day episode, featuring Luke Burbank and Elena Passarello's moms, filmmaker Barry Sonnenfeld, and music from Fantastic Ne...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Cameron Esposito
This is the sixth episode of the "Live Wire House Party" series, recorded from home, with comedian Cameron Esposito, Claude Taylor of Twitter's @ra...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2020
  • Length: 58:59