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: Mike Birbiglia, Comedian and star of the new film Sleepwalk With Me , Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Comedian and Filmmaker MIKE BIRBIGLIA. Journalist and video game designer MATT HARDING. Musical guests HELIO SEQUENCE.

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Sep 14, 2012
  • Length: 55:01
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Mike Birbiglia, Comedian and star of the new film Sleepwalk With Me, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Comedian and Filmmaker MIKE BIRBIGLIA. Journalist and video game designer MATT HARDING. Musical guests HELIO SEQUENCE.

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


  • Added: Sep 14, 2012
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Fruit Bats, Eric D. Johnson, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author BRIAN DOYLE. Storyteller AMBER JO. Musical Guests FRUIT BATS.

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Sep 06, 2012
  • Length: 54:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Fruit Bats, Eric D. Johnson, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author BRIAN DOYLE. Storyteller AMBER JO. Musical Guests FRUIT BATS.

Bought by Oregon Public Broadcasting and Rhythm & News Service


  • Added: Sep 06, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Hey Marseilles Indie Folk Band, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
ELIZABETH WEIL - Author of "No Cheating, No Dying: I had a Good Marriage and I Tried to Make it Better." IAN KARMEL - Stand-up comic, winner of t...

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Aug 29, 2012
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Hey Marseilles Indie Folk Band, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
ELIZABETH WEIL - Author of "No Cheating, No Dying: I had a Good Marriage and I Tried to Make it Better." IAN KARMEL - Stand-up comic, winner of t...

Bought by Rhythm & News Service and Oregon Public Broadcasting


  • Added: Aug 29, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Humorist & Author David Rakoff, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author, Commentator, Humorist David Rakoff, Author Jonathan Lethem plus musical guest 21 year old sensation Sara Jackson-Holman

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Aug 23, 2012
  • Length: 54:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Humorist & Author David Rakoff, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author, Commentator, Humorist David Rakoff, Author Jonathan Lethem, plus musical guest 21 year old sensation Sara Jackson-Holman

Bought by Rhythm & News Service and Oregon Public Broadcasting


  • Added: Aug 23, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Indie Pop band Lost Lander, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
AJ JACOBS - New York Times bestselling author. DAVID WOLMAN - Author and Journalist. LOST LANDER - Portland indie pop band.

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Aug 09, 2012
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Indie Pop band Lost Lander, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
AJ JACOBS - New York Times bestselling author. DAVID WOLMAN - Author and Journalist. LOST LANDER - Portland indie pop band.

Bought by KUT, 90.5 WESA, Rhythm & News Service, and Oregon Public Broadcasting


  • Added: Aug 09, 2012
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: New York Times Best-selling author of Wild, Cheryl Strayed, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
CHERYL STRAYED - Best-selling Author LAUREN WEEDMAN - Actress, Writer, Humorist LAURA GIBSON- Singer/Songwriter

  • Added: Aug 16, 2012
  • Length: 55:00
Caption: New York Times Best-selling author of Wild, Cheryl Strayed, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
CHERYL STRAYED - Best-selling Author LAUREN WEEDMAN - Actress, Writer, Humorist LAURA GIBSON- Singer/Songwriter

Bought by 90.5 WESA and Rhythm & News Service


  • Added: Aug 16, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Singer/Songwriter/Author Storm Large, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
STORM LARGE - Singer, songwriter, author SUSAN SALADOFF - Documentary filmmaker

  • Added: Aug 02, 2012
  • Length: 55:01
Caption: Singer/Songwriter/Author Storm Large, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
STORM LARGE - Singer, songwriter, author SUSAN SALADOFF - Documentary filmmaker

Bought by Oregon Public Broadcasting, KUOW, and Rhythm & News Service


  • Added: Aug 02, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Best-Selling Author Susan Orlean, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
SUSAN ORLEAN - Best-selling Author of "The Orchid Thief" and "Rin Tin Tin." JOHN RODERICK - Talented American musician and writer. PORTLAND CELLO...

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Jul 26, 2012
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: New York Times Bestselling Author Susan Orlean, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
SUSAN ORLEAN - Best-selling Author of "The Orchid Thief" and "Rin Tin Tin." JOHN RODERICK - Talented American musician and writer. PORTLAND CELLO...

Bought by Rhythm & News Service, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and WCPN


  • Added: Jul 26, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
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RON FUNCHES - Portland Comedian. JAMES CURLEIGH - President and CEO of KEEN Footwear. THOMAS LAUDERDALE & KATHLEEN SADAAT - Pink Martini pianist an...

Bought by KUOW and Oregon Public Broadcasting


  • Added: Jul 20, 2012
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Comedian Ron Funches, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
RON FUNCHES - Portland Comedian. JAMES CURLEIGH - President and CEO of KEEN Footwear. THOMAS LAUDERDALE & KATHLEEN SADAAT - Pink Martini pianist an...

Bought by Rhythm & News Service, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and WCPN


  • Added: Jul 20, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Best selling author Joshua Foer, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Best selling author, JOSHUA FOER. Author and advocate for tall women, ARIANNE COHEN. Indie-psych folk ensemble, THE PARSON RED HEADS.

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Jul 12, 2012
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Best selling author Joshua Foer, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Best selling author, JOSHUA FOER. Author and advocate for tall women, ARIANNE COHEN. Indie-psych folk ensemble, THE PARSON RED HEADS.

Bought by Oregon Public Broadcasting, Rhythm & News Service, and WCPN


  • Added: Jul 12, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3