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: Eric D. Johnson, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author, BRIAN DOYLE. Storyteller, AMBER JO. Musical Guests, FRUIT BATS.

  • Added: Dec 01, 2011
  • Length: 54:41
Caption: Fruit Bats, Eric D. Johnson, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author, BRIAN DOYLE. Storyteller, AMBER JO. Musical Guests, FRUIT BATS.

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


  • Added: Dec 01, 2011
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Singer/Writer Christine McKinley, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Science Author, Michael Nielsen. Writer & Musician, Christine McKinley Musical Guests, Crooked Fingers.

  • Added: Nov 25, 2011
  • Length: 55:02
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, Rhythm & News Service, and WNJR


  • Added: Nov 23, 2011
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: NY Times Best Selling Author, Karen Karbo, Credit: Emily Setzer Live Wire Radio
KAREN KARBO - NY Times best-selling author. ARTHUR BRADFORD - Writer/Director/Producer. TU FAWNING - Indie Rock Band

  • Added: Nov 17, 2011
  • Length: 55:01
Caption: NY Times Best Selling Author, Karen Karbo, Credit: Emily Setzer Live Wire Radio
KAREN KARBO - NY Times best-selling author. ARTHUR BRADFORD - Writer/Director/Producer. TU FAWNING - Indie Rock Band

Bought by Rhythm & News Service, WNJR, and KUOW


  • Added: Nov 17, 2011
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: NYTimes Best Selling Author Daniel H. Wilson, Credit: Emily Setzer Live Wire Radio
DANIEL H. WILSON - Author of Robopocalypse, the NYTimes Bestseller that was optioned by Dreamworks and will be directed by Steven Spielberg. SHAKE...

  • Added: Nov 11, 2011
  • Length: 53:49
Caption: NYTimes Best Selling Author Daniel H. Wilson, Credit: Emily Setzer Live Wire Radio
DANIEL H. WILSON - Author of Robopocalypse, the NYTimes Bestseller that was optioned by Dreamworks and will be directed by Steven Spielberg. SHAKE...

Bought by KUOW, WNJR, and Rhythm & News Service


  • Added: Nov 10, 2011
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Chuck Palahniuk, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Famed Novelist Chuck Palahniuk, Author Lidia Yuknavitch, Indie rock band Blouse.

Bought by WCPN


  • Added: Oct 06, 2011
  • Length: 55:01
  • Purchases: 1
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, WNJR, and KUOW


  • Added: Oct 06, 2011
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 3
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Rob Forbes founder of Design Within Reach, Tinker Hatfield Creator of the Air Jordan shoe, Dwight Slade Stand-up Comic and musical guests On The Ro...

  • Added: Sep 30, 2011
  • Length: 54:58
Caption: 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: Sep 22, 2011
  • Length: 54:53
Caption: 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 KUOW


  • Added: Sep 23, 2011
  • Length: 58:54
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Blind Pilot, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests include: radio talk show host Adam Klugman, award-winning poet Anis Mojgani, musical guests Blind Pilot.

Bought by WNJR


  • Added: Sep 15, 2011
  • Length: 55:01
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Matthew Inman, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests Include Matthew Inman (Creator of The Oatmeal), Essayist/Artist Margaret Malone, and musical guest Dolorean

Bought by Rhythm & News Service and KUOW


  • Added: Sep 09, 2011
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: AGESANDAGES, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests include writer and filmmaker Jon Raymond, the Third Angle Ensemble with composer Eve Beglarian and 7 piece band AGESANDAGES.

Bought by KUOW and Rhythm & News Service


  • Added: Sep 01, 2011
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: 3 Leg Torso, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests include filmmaker Taggart Siegel w/ beekeeper Jacqueline Freeman, MusicFest NW organizer Trevor Solomon, and musical guest 3 Leg Torso.

Bought by Rhythm & News Service and KUOW


  • Added: Aug 18, 2011
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Mimicking Birds, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests include: writer and therumpus.net founder Stephen Elliott, Harriet Fasenfest and musical guests Mimicking Birds.

Bought by Jefferson Public Radio and KUOW


  • Added: Aug 12, 2011
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Erin McKeown, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests include: rising star filmmaker Andy Blubaugh, food critic Karen Brooks and singer/songwriter Erin McKeown.

Bought by Jefferson Public Radio and KUOW


  • Added: Aug 05, 2011
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Johanna Stein, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author David Oliver Relin, storyteller and NY Times columnist Johanna Stein plus Seattle alt-country act the Moondoggies.

Bought by Jefferson Public Radio and KUOW


  • Added: Jul 28, 2011
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2