Live Wire

Series produced by Live Wire! Radio

Series image

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.

Hide full description

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

630 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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
Caption: Comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis & Illustrator Mike Oeming, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Comic book writer and former artist for Marvel comics, BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS. International Cheesemonger winner, STEVE JONES. Portland based alter...

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Jul 05, 2012
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis & Illustrator Mike Oeming, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Comic book writer and former artist for Marvel comics, BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS. International Cheesemonger winner, STEVE JONES. Portland based alter...

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


  • Added: Jul 05, 2012
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Acclaimed Author Patrick deWitt, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Acclaimed author and screen writer, PATRICK DEWITT. Songwriter and musician, MICHAEL HURLEY. Portland Essayist, MARTHA GROVER.

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Jun 28, 2012
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Acclaimed Author Patrick deWitt, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Acclaimed author and screen writer, PATRICK DEWITT. Songwriter and musician, MICHAEL HURLEY. Portland Essayist, MARTHA GROVER.

Bought by Rhythm & News Service and WCPN


  • Added: Jun 28, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: New York Times Bestselling Author David Shields, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests Include Daily Show Co-creator Lizz Winstead, Author David Shields, and musical indie geniuses Ramona Falls

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Jun 21, 2012
  • Length: 54:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: New York Times Bestselling Author David Shields, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests Include Daily Show Co-creator LIZZ WINSTEAD, Author DAVID SHIELDS, and musical indie geniuses RAMONA FALLS

Bought by Rhythm & News Service and WCPN


  • Added: Jun 21, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Author & Comedian Lizz Winstead, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
LIZZ WINSTEAD - Comedian, Writer & Producer MIKE RUSSELL - Portland based Cartoonist, Writer and Movie Critic KASEY ANDERSON - Seattle-based Sing...

Bought by KUOW, Rhythm & News Service, WNJR, and WCPN


  • Added: Jun 15, 2012
  • Length: 59:02
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Best selling Author Daniel H. Wilson with Live Wire's Faces for Radio Theater, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
DANIEL H. WILSON - New York Times Bestselling Author TED RALL - Political Cartoonist STAR ANNA - Vocalist & Rhythm Guitarist

Bought by Rhythm & News Service, WNJR, and WCPN


  • Added: Jun 07, 2012
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Singer/Writer Christine McKinley, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Science Author, Michael Nielsen. Writer and Musician, Christine McKinley. Musical Guests, Crooked Fingers.

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: May 30, 2012
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Singer/Writer Christine McKinley, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Science Author, Michael Nielsen. Writer and Musician, Christine McKinley. Musical Guests, Crooked Fingers.

Bought by WCPN and KUOW


  • Added: May 25, 2012
  • Length: 59:02
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: New York Times Bestselling Author of "Capitol Murder" Philip Margolin, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
PHILIP MARGOLIN - New York Times bestselling author THIRD RAIL REPERTORY THEATRE - A local Portland theatre company DOUBLECLICKS - A sister nerd ...

  • Added: Jun 07, 2012
  • Length: 55:01
Caption: New York Times Bestselling Author of "Capitol Murder" Philip Margolin, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
PHILIP MARGOLIN - New York Times bestselling author THIRD RAIL REPERTORY THEATRE - A local Portland theatre company DOUBLECLICKS - A sister nerd ...

Bought by WNJR, Rhythm & News Service, and WCPN


  • Added: May 31, 2012
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Kelly Carlin - Daughter of George Carlin & Creator of A Carlin Home Companion, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
KELLY CARLIN - Writer/Performer and Creator of, A Carlin Home Companion: Growing up with George MATT LOVE - With Singer-Songwriter MICHAEL DEAN D...

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: May 18, 2012
  • Length: 55:02
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Kelly Carlin - Daughter of George Carlin & Creator of A Carlin Home Companion, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
KELLY CARLIN - Writer/Performer and Creator of, A Carlin Home Companion: Growing up with George MATT LOVE - With Singer-Songwriter MICHAEL DEAN D...

Bought by Rhythm & News Service and WCPN


  • Added: May 17, 2012
  • Length: 59:02
  • 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: May 11, 2012
  • Length: 55:01
  • 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 Rhythm & News Service and WCPN


  • Added: May 11, 2012
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Acclaimed Author & Stand-up Comedian Moshe Kasher, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
MOSHE KASHER - Author and Stand-up Comedian. JANE JONES - Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director of Book-It Repertory Theatre SHOOK TWINS - Indie Folk Duo

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: May 03, 2012
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Acclaimed Author & Stand-up Comedian Moshe Kasher, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
MOSHE KASHER - Author and Stand-up Comedian. JANE JONES - Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director of Book-It Repertory Theatre SHOOK TWINS - Indie Folk Duo

Bought by WNJR, Rhythm & News Service, and WCPN


  • Added: May 03, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Gypsy Folk & Bluegrass band, Black Prairie, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
JIM LYNCH - Author WENDY McCLURE - Author and Essayist BLACK PRAIRIE - Acoustic folk, gypsy, bluegrass band

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Apr 26, 2012
  • Length: 54:58
  • Purchases: 1