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: Thomas Lauderdale and Ari Shapiro, Credit: Anthony Pidgeon for Live Wire!
Live Wire is a radio variety show that tapes in Portland, OR and features a rich mix of interesting interview guest, stellar musical guest and orig...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass.


  • Added: Jan 10, 2009
  • Length: :00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Cartoonist Berkeley Breathed, Credit: Anthony Pidgeon for Live Wire!
Live Wire! is a radio variety show recorded live in front of an audience at the Aladdin Theater in Portland, Oregon. The show features original ske...

  • Added: Jan 10, 2009
  • Length: :00
Caption: John Roderick, Jonathan Coulton and John Hodgman, Credit: Anthony Pidgeon for Live Wire!
Live Wire's annual star-studded show celebrating Portland's Wordstock Literary Festival

Bought by WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass.


  • Added: Dec 30, 2008
  • Length: 01:58:27
  • Purchases: 1
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Why give to public radio? Live Wire Radio offers a reason you may not have heard yet.

  • Added: Aug 21, 2007
  • Length: 01:08
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Piece created for Oregon Public Broadcasting regarding why the president of the Fiona Richie fan club might give to public radio.

  • Added: Aug 21, 2007
  • Length: 02:54
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Commercial parody for people who are too busy for books on tape - from Live Wire!, a live radio variety show.

  • Added: Jun 05, 2007
  • Length: 04:01