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


Additional Files

636 Pieces

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

  • Added: Nov 22, 2023
  • Length: 58:59
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This episode features podcaster and journalist Kelsey McKinney, poet Brenda Shaughnessy, and music from singer-songwriter Madison Cunningham.

  • Added: Nov 01, 2023
  • 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: Nov 08, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features runner and author Lauren Fleshman, comedian and writer Joey Clift, and music from indie supergroup Who Is She?

  • Added: Oct 31, 2023
  • Length: 58:59
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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: Oct 26, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features author Cheryl Strayed ("Tiny Beautiful Things"), writer Joseph Earl Thomas, and music from singer-songwriter Stephanie Anne J...

  • Added: Oct 19, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode feature comedian Gary Gulman, Oregon Poet Laureate Anis Mojgani, and music from singer-songwriter Olive Klug.

  • Added: Oct 12, 2023
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode features poet and essayist Ross Gay, writer and Michelin Star chef Iliana Regan, and music Baroque Betty with Mood Area 52.

  • Added: Sep 18, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features writer and comedian Scott Aukerman, astrophysicist Sarafina El-Badry Nance, and music from Family Worship Center.

  • Added: Sep 22, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features comedian Hari Kondabolu ("Snack vs. Chef") and singer-songwriter Margo Cilker.

  • Added: Sep 18, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features author Héctor Tobar, writer and comedian Jena Friedman, and music from indie folk trio Joseph.

  • Added: Sep 14, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features chef and writer J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, comedian Sara Schaefer, and music from indie rock group Dehd.

  • Added: Sep 05, 2023
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode features comedian Maria Bamford and music from singer-songwriter Isabeau Waia'u Walker.

  • Added: Aug 31, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features poet Saeed Jones, writer Silvia Moreno-Garcia, and indie-folk duo The Lowest Pair.

  • Added: Aug 15, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features podcaster Aubrey Gordon, standup comedian Chris Meija, and music from Danielle Ponder.

  • Added: Aug 15, 2023
  • Length: 58:59
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This episode features podcaster and writer Nora McInerny, music industry entrepreneur Nabil Ayers, and singer-songwriter Madison Cunningham.

  • Added: Aug 07, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features acclaimed writer George Saunders and singer-songwriter Samantha Crain.

  • Added: Aug 01, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features author and Jeopardy co-host Ken Jennings, writer Erica Berry, and music from rock ground Making Movies.

  • Added: Jul 27, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features Washington Post reporter Casey Park and singer-songerwriter Thunderstorm Artis.

  • Added: Jul 19, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features journalist Ari Shapiro (All Things Considered) and comedian and TV writer Demi Adejuyigbe.

  • Added: Jul 13, 2023
  • Length: 59:00