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: 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
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 WNJR and Rhythm & News Service


  • Added: Mar 09, 2012
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 2
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: Mar 01, 2012
  • Length: 54:59
  • 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 WNJR and Rhythm & News Service


  • Added: Mar 01, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: The poetic folk band, Hey Marseilles, 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: Feb 24, 2012
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The poetic folk band, Hey Marseilles, 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 90.5 WESA, WNJR, and Rhythm & News Service


  • Added: Feb 24, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Eclectic Indie Band Typhoon, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Current Oregon Poet Laureate PAULANN PETERSEN. Her latest book is The Voluptuary. KATE BEATON, cartoonist for The New Yorker, brings her highly a...

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Feb 15, 2012
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Eclectic Indie Band Typhoon, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Current Oregon Poet Laureate PAULANN PETERSEN. Her latest book is The Voluptuary. KATE BEATON, cartoonist for The New Yorker, brings her highly a...

Bought by Rhythm & News Service


  • Added: Feb 15, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Improvisational Comedian Reggie Watts, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Comedian Reggie Watts, Musician and Author Josh Ritter, Radio Talk Show Host Peter Sagal and Author Sarah Vowell.

  • Added: Feb 08, 2012
  • Length: 54:58
Caption: Improvisational Comedian Reggie Watts, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Comedian Reggie Watts, Musician and Author Josh Ritter, Radio Talk Show Host Peter Sagal and Author Sarah Vowell.

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


  • Added: Feb 08, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Famed Author Chuck Palahniuk, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Famed Novelist Chuck Palahniuk, Author Lidia Yuknavitch, Indie rock band Blouse.

  • Added: Feb 03, 2012
  • Length: 55:00
Caption: Famed Author Chuck Palahniuk, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Famed Novelist Chuck Palahniuk, Author Lidia Yuknavitch, Indie rock band Blouse.

Bought by Rhythm & News Service


  • Added: Feb 03, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist Jennifer Egan, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Steve Almond, author and journalist, and Portland synth-pop musical guests, Wild Ones

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Jan 26, 2012
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist Jennifer Egan, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Steve Almond, author and journalist, and Portland synth-pop musical guests, Wild Ones

Bought by KUOW and Rhythm & News Service


  • Added: Jan 26, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Pulitzer Prize-winning Author Isabel Wilkerson, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Graphic Novelist Craig Thompson, Pulitzer Prize winning Author Isabel Wilkerson, Musical guest Stephanie Schneiderman w/ chorus and string quartet.

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Jan 19, 2012
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Pulitzer Prize- winning Author Isabel Wilkserson, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Graphic Novelist Craig Thompson, Pulitzer Prize winning Author Isabel Wilkerson, Musical guest Stephanie Schneiderman w/ chorus and string quartet.

Bought by Rhythm & News Service and WNJR


  • Added: Jan 19, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Blind Pilot, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Musical guests Blind Pilot, Radio Host Adam Klugman, Poetic force of nature Anis Mojgani.

Bought by WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass.


  • Added: Jan 11, 2012
  • Length: 54:58
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Blind Pilot, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Musical guests Blind Pilot, Radio Host Adam Klugman, Poetic force of nature Anis Mojgani.

Bought by Rhythm & News Service and KUOW


  • Added: Jan 11, 2012
  • Length: 58:50
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Filmmaker Curt Ellis, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests include Filmmaker/Co-Founder of FoodCorps, Curt Ellis, Storyteller Katrina Scotto di Carlo, Canadian musician, Dan Mangan.

Bought by Rhythm & News Service and KUOW


  • Added: Jan 05, 2012
  • Length: 58:52
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Filmmaker Curt Ellis, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests include Filmmaker/Co-Founder of FoodCorps, Curt Ellis, Storyteller Katrina Scotto di Carlo, Canadian musician, Dan Mangan.

  • Added: Jan 05, 2012
  • Length: 54:49