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. Hosted by Luke Burbank (Wait Wait... Don't Tell MeCBS 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 WBEZ in Chicago, 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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Live Wire mixes an old school radio format with a contemporary edge—it's live theatre and radio variety with a unique blend of interviews, music, spoken word, and original comedy. NOTE: This program is available to PRI affiliates. For more information please email


Caption: Kevin Sampsell, Credit: Geoffrey Squier for Live Wire
Guests include: Memoirist Kevin Sampsell. Journalist/Author Arianne Cohen. Musical guest Ritchie Young.

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  • Added: Jul 16, 2010
  • Length: 58:56
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Caption: Timmy Williams, Credit: Geoffrey Squier for Live Wire
Guests include: Comedian Timmy Williams. Author Robin Romm. Musical guests Floater.

  • Added: Jul 16, 2010
  • Length: 58:50
Caption: One Night in Frogtown
Guests include: Poet Derrick Brown. Musical storybook One Night in Frogtown. Musical guests Black Prairie.

  • Added: Jul 08, 2010
  • Length: 59:32
Caption: Donald Miller
Guests include: Author Donald Miller. Spoken word performer Joe Sib. Musical guest Chris Shiflett.

  • Added: Jul 08, 2010
  • Length: 58:48
Caption: Sneakin' Out
Guests include: Memoirist Wendy Burden. Poet Anis Mojgani. Musical guests Sneakin' Out.

  • Added: Jul 08, 2010
  • Length: 58:43
Caption: Dave Dahl
Guests include: Author Daniel H. Wilson. Entrepreneur Dave Dahl. Musical guest Maia Sharp.

  • Added: Jul 08, 2010
  • Length: 59:23
Caption: Bill Oakley
Guests include: Author Steve Almond. Television writer Bill Oakley. Musical guest Damien Jurado.

  • Added: Jul 06, 2010
  • Length: 59:22
Caption: John Roderick
Guests include: Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Richard Russo. Farm to Table organization Plate & Pitchfork. Musical guest John Roderick.

  • Added: Jul 06, 2010
  • Length: 59:38
Caption: The Baseball Project
Guests include: Congressman Earl Blumenauer. Writer & blogger Stacy Bolt. Musical guests The Baseball Project.

  • Added: Jul 02, 2010
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Caption: Michael Curry
Guests include: Master Puppeteer and Kinetic Sculpturist Michael Curry. Cartoonist and creator of Too Much Coffee Man, Shannon Wheeler. Musical g...

  • Added: Jul 02, 2010
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