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: 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
Caption: Gus Van Sant, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests include: Filmmaker Gus Van Sant, Carrie Brownstein from the IFC series "Portlandia", world music drummer Obo Addy.

Bought by Jefferson Public Radio


  • Added: Jul 21, 2011
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Dan Savage, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
It's the holidays....in July! We hope this encore edition, featuring Dan Savage and Thao Nguyen, cools you off.

Bought by Jefferson Public Radio and KXOT Public Radio


  • Added: Jul 14, 2011
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Priory, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests include: Artistic Director of the acclaimed Oregon Shakespeare Festival, indie filmmaker Matt McCormick, musical guests the indescribable Pr...

Bought by Jefferson Public Radio and KXOT Public Radio


  • Added: Jul 07, 2011
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: The Live Wire! Cast, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests include: the multitalented Christine McKinley of the History Channel's "Decoded", author and Americana expert Kurt Reighley, with musical gu...

Bought by Jefferson Public Radio and KXOT Public Radio


  • Added: Jun 30, 2011
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Wesley Stace
Guests include: Author Wesley Stace aka musician John Wesley Harding, Eastern European gypsy/jazz/klezmer punk band Chervona and storyteller Aaron ...

Bought by KXOT Public Radio


  • Added: Jun 23, 2011
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: David Shields, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests Include Daily Show Co-creatro Lizz Winstead, Author David Shields, and musical indie geniuses Ramona Falls

Bought by KXOT Public Radio


  • Added: Jun 16, 2011
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Alela Diane, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests include Author Erik Larson, a special audio tour of the audio talent legend Mel Blanc, and musical guest Alela Diane.

Bought by KXOT Public Radio


  • Added: Jun 09, 2011
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 1