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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636 Pieces

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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
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 WNJR and Rhythm & News Service


  • Added: Apr 26, 2012
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Singer/Songwriter/Author Storm Large, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
STORM LARGE - Singer, songwriter, author SUSAN SALADOFF - Documentary filmmaker

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Apr 19, 2012
  • Length: 55:01
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Singer/Songwriter/Author Storm Large, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
STORM LARGE - Singer, songwriter, author SUSAN SALADOFF - Documentary filmmaker

Bought by WNJR and Rhythm & News Service


  • Added: Apr 19, 2012
  • Length: 59:02
  • Purchases: 2
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 KUOW


  • Added: Apr 13, 2012
  • Length: 55:01
  • Purchases: 1
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 WNJR and Rhythm & News Service


  • Added: Apr 13, 2012
  • Length: 59:02
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: David Javerbaum Author of "The Last Testament: A Memoir by GOD", Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
DAVID JAVERBAUM - Dazzling Author MICKEY HUFF - Director of Project Censored REVA DeVITO - Singer/Songwriter

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Apr 06, 2012
  • Length: 55:02
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: David Javerbaum Author of "The Last Testament: A Memoir by GOD", Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
DAVID JAVERBAUM - Dazzling Author MICKEY HUFF - Director of Project Censored REVA DeVITO - Singer/Songwriter

Bought by WNJR


  • Added: Apr 06, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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: Mar 30, 2012
  • Length: 55:01
  • Purchases: 1
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 WNJR and Rhythm & News Service


  • Added: Mar 30, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • 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 KUOW


  • Added: Mar 23, 2012
  • Length: 55:01
  • Purchases: 1
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 WNJR and Rhythm & News Service


  • Added: Mar 23, 2012
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Best-selling Author, Joshua Foer, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
East coast Author, JOSHUA FOER. Author and advocate for tall women, Arianne Cohen. Indie-psych folk ensemble, THE PARSON RED HEADS.

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Mar 15, 2012
  • Length: 55:01
  • 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 WNJR and Rhythm & News Service


  • Added: Mar 15, 2012
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 2
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: Mar 09, 2012
  • Length: 54:58
  • Purchases: 1