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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645 Pieces

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This epsiode features author Karen Russell, comedian Marcella Arguello, and music from Ani DiFranco.

  • Added: Feb 24, 2022
  • Length: 59:01
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The episode features filmmakers W. Kamau Bell & Katie King, comedian Paul F. Tompkins, and music from Grammy Award-winning blues artist Keb' Mo'.

  • Added: Feb 21, 2022
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode features television writer Michael Schur, comedian Demi Adejuyigbe, and music from folk due Shovels & Rope.

  • Added: Feb 11, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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This Black History Month Special features writers Hanif Abdurraqib and Clint Smith, with music from genre-bending powerhouse Melanie Charles.

  • Added: Feb 21, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features writer Matthew Gavin Frank, filmmakers Davy Rothbart & Cheryl Sanford, and music from Andrew Bird & Jimbo Mathus.

  • Added: Jan 27, 2022
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode features comedian Paul F. Tompkins, podcaster Sarah Marshall, and music from Buffalo Nichols.

  • Added: Jan 20, 2022
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode features actor and podcaster Connor ratliff, writer Mikki Kendall, and indie folk artist Faye Webster.

  • Added: Jan 13, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode includes poet Kaveh Akbar, writer Danielle Henderson , and music from Deep Sea Diver.

  • Added: Jan 06, 2022
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode features actor and writer David Duchovny, jump rope world champions Nick & Kaylee Woodard, and music from singer-songwriter Jensen Mc...

  • Added: Dec 22, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features hip hop artist and activist Talib Kweli, celebrated writer George Saunders, and music from singer-songwriter Jillette Johnson.

  • Added: Dec 22, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
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This "Best of Books" special features celebrated writers Ashley C. Ford and John Green

  • Added: Dec 12, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features filmmaker Penny Lane, writer Omar El Akkad, and music from The Dip.

  • Added: Dec 09, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode includes podcasters Roman Mars & Kurt Kohlstedt, writer Shayla Lawson, and music from Colin Hay.

  • Added: Feb 21, 2022
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode includes writer Gary Shteyngart, comedian Atsuko Okatsuka, and music from indie folk duo The Lowest Pair.

  • Added: Nov 22, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode includes writer Ijeoma Oluo, historian and staffer at The New Yorker Jill Lepore, and music from indie folk duo The Bengsons.

  • Added: Nov 19, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode includes writer and radio host Tom Scharpling, comedian Mohanad Elshieky, and music from MAITA.

  • Added: Nov 12, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features actress and TV creator Rachel Bloom, poet Natalie Diaz, and music from singer-songwriter Kevin Morby.

  • Added: Nov 04, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode features Mötley Crüe rocker Nikki Sixx, filmmaker Todd Haynes, and music from Melanie Charles.

  • Added: Oct 29, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
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This episode includes filmmakers Cristina Costantini & Kareem Tabsch, and music from Anaïs Mitchell.

  • Added: Oct 21, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode includes actor and humorist Nick Offerman, comedian Phoebe Robinson, and music from Adia Victoria.

  • Added: Oct 14, 2021
  • Length: 59:00