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


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Caption: Author David Shields & Guest Host Luke Burbank, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guest Hosted by: LUKE BURBANK (Wait Wait Don't Tell Me & Too Beautiful to Live) Guests include: DAVID SHIELDS - Author LINDY WEST - Humorist/Cul...

Bought by KUT and KUOW


  • Added: Mar 22, 2013
  • Length: 54:59
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Author David Shields & Guest Host Luke Burbank, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guest Hosted by: LUKE BURBANK (Wait Wait Don't Tell Me & Too Beautiful to Live) Guests include: DAVID SHIELDS - Author LINDY WEST - Humorist/Cul...

Bought by Rhythm & News Service, Oregon Public Broadcasting, KWMR, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, and 90.5 WESA


  • Added: Mar 22, 2013
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Improvisational Comedian Reggie Watts, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
REGGIE WATTS - Improvisational comic/musician JESS WALTERS - Author JOSHUA JAMES - Singer/Songwriter TELEKINESIS - Seattle Indie Band

Bought by KUT and KUOW


  • Added: Mar 15, 2013
  • Length: 54:58
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Improvisational Comedian Reggie Watts, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
REGGIE WATTS - Improvisational comic/musician JESS WALTERS - Author JOSHUA JAMES - Singer/Songwriter TELEKINESIS - Seattle Indie Band

Bought by KALW, New Hampshire Public Radio, 90.5 WESA, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, Oregon Public Broadcasting and more


  • Added: Mar 15, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: British Soul Singer Michael Kiwanuka, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
SYLVIE SIMMONS - Musical Journalist/Author MICHAEL KIWANUKA - British Soul Singer STACY BOLT - Essayist/Author

Bought by KUT and KUOW


  • Added: Mar 08, 2013
  • Length: 55:02
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: British Soul Singer Michael Kiwanuka, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
SYLVIE SIMMONS - Musical Journalist/Author MICHAEL KIWANUKA - British Soul Singer STACY BOLT - Essayist/Author

Bought by 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, 90.5 WESA, Oregon Public Broadcasting, KWMR, and Rhythm & News Service


  • Added: Mar 08, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Musician & Singer Sallie Ford, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
BRIAN LINDSTROM - Filmmaker PAMELA DRUCKERMAN - Author Musical Guests - SALLIE FORD & THE SOUND OUTSIDE

Bought by KUT and KUOW


  • Added: Mar 01, 2013
  • Length: 55:01
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Musician & Singer Sallie Ford, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Brian Lindstrom - Filmmaker Pamela Druckerman - Author Musical Guests - Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside

Bought by 90.5 WESA, Rhythm & News Service, Oregon Public Broadcasting, KWMR, and 90.1 WFYI Public Radio


  • Added: Mar 01, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Author of Quiet, Susan Cain, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author - SUSAN CAIN Cuban Pianist - ALFREDO RODRIQUEZ Comedian - IAN KARMEL

Bought by KUT and KUOW


  • Added: Feb 22, 2013
  • Length: 55:06
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Author of Quiet, Susan Cain, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author - SUSAN CAIN Cuban Pianist - ALFREDO RODRIQUEZ Comedian - IAN KARMEL

Bought by KUT, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, Rhythm & News Service, KWMR, Oregon Public Broadcasting and more


  • Added: Feb 22, 2013
  • Length: 58:56
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Actress, Author & Singer Carrie Brownstein, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
CARRIE BROWNSTEIN - Actress, singer and author LOIS LEVEEN - Author FEDERALE - Musical guests

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Feb 14, 2013
  • Length: 54:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Actress, Author & Singer Carrie Brownstein, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
CARRIE BROWNSTEIN - Actress, singer and author LOIS LEVEEN - Author FEDERALE - Musical guests

Bought by KUT, Oregon Public Broadcasting, KWMR, and Rhythm & News Service


  • Added: Feb 15, 2013
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Peter Ames Carlin Author of Bruce: Biography of Bruce Springsteen, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author PETER AMES CARLIN, Filmmaker CHEL WHITE and musical guest EZZA ROSE

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Feb 07, 2013
  • Length: 54:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Peter Ames Carlin Author of Bruce: Biography of Bruce Springsteen, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author PETER AMES CARLIN, Filmmaker CHEL WHITE and musical guest EZZA ROSE

Bought by KUT, Rhythm & News Service, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and KWMR


  • Added: Feb 07, 2013
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Prolific Novelist, Kurt Andersen, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
KURT ANDERSEN - Host, Author & Journalist MARIA SEMPLE - Author & television writer DAVID BAZAN - Singer/Songwriter

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Feb 01, 2013
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Prolific Novelist, Kurt Andersen, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
KURT ANDERSEN - Host, Author & Journalist MARIA SEMPLE - Author & television writer DAVID BAZAN - Singer/Songwriter

Bought by KUT and KWMR


  • Added: Feb 01, 2013
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Soul Singer & Author Bettye LaVette, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
STORM LARGE - Singer, Songwriter & Author ERIN MORGENSTERN - Acclaimed Novelist BETTYE LAVETTE - Soul singer & Author

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Jan 24, 2013
  • Length: 54:58
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Soul Singer & Author Bettye LaVette, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
STORM LARGE - Singer, Songwriter & Author ERIN MORGENSTERN - Acclaimed Novelist BETTYE LAVETTE - Soul singer & Author

Bought by KUT, KWMR, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Rhythm & News Service, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio and more


  • Added: Jan 24, 2013
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Issa Rae, Creator of the web series "The Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl", Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Writer and Director of ParaNorman CHRIS BUTLER. Writer and web series director ISSA RAE. Musical Guests FINN RIGGINS.

Bought by KUT and KUOW


  • Added: Jan 18, 2013
  • Length: 54:59
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Issa Rae, Creator of the web series "The Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl", Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Writer and Director of ParaNorman CHRIS BUTLER. Writer and web series director ISSA RAE. Musical Guests FINN RIGGINS.

Bought by KUT, Oregon Public Broadcasting, KWMR, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, Rhythm & News Service and more


  • Added: Jan 17, 2013
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 6