Live Wire

Series produced by Live Wire! Radio

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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 memberships@prx.org.

Live Wire is radio variety for the attention-span challenged. It's music from up-and-coming bands, original comedy and scintillating interviews with writers, filmmakers, comedians and people who think cool thoughts. Hosted by Luke Burbank ("Wait Wait Don't Tell Me," "Too Beautiful to Live") the show is taped in front of a live audience in Portland, Oregon and airs on public radio stations around the country.

From Garrison Keillor - March ‘07
"I like this new show that’s coming out of Oregon Public Radio. It’s called Live Wire, I sit and listen to it and a kind of light comes out of the radio speaker, a whole ‘nother view of human experience, and new voices which we need in public radio. I need, because I’m hoping to retire soon, I’m getting to that age on A Prairie Home Companion. And when I do, I want there to be shows on public radio that I can sit in my car, in my driveway and hang on their every word. Live Wire is one of those shows. It could be for Portland and Oregon, what Prairie Home is for Minnesota and St. Paul and Lake Woebegone.”

From musician/comedian Reggie Watts
"Live Wire is the type of experience that activates my romance about the beauty of live recorded variety shows. It's smart, well-written and performed by a cast of sweethearts. The music is also top-notch. So when I am a part of the show listening to the audience completely enjoying themselves, I feel proud to be a part of such a passionate undertaking." Hide full description

Live Wire is radio variety for the attention-span challenged. It's music from up-and-coming bands, original comedy and scintillating interviews with writers, filmmakers, comedians and people who think cool thoughts. Hosted by Luke Burbank ("Wait Wait Don't Tell Me," "Too Beautiful to Live") the show is taped in front of a live audience in Portland, Oregon and airs on public radio stations around the country.

From Garrison Keillor - March ‘07
"I like this new show that’s coming out of Oregon Public Radio. It’s called Live Wire, I sit and listen to it and a kind of light comes out of the radio speaker, a whole ‘nother view of human experience, and new voices which we need in public radio. I need, because I’m hoping to retire soon, I’m getting to that age on A Prairie Home Companion. And...

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Caption: Anis Mojgani
Some of our favorite Memorable Moments, including The Decemberists' Colin Meloy, Christopher Moore, The Lonely Forest, Taylor Mali

  • Added: Dec 31, 2010
  • Length: 59:11
Caption: Lizz Winstead, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire
Guests include: comedian Lizz Winstead, singer/songwriter Bobby Bare, Jr., and The Portland Opera.

  • Added: Jan 07, 2011
  • Length: 58:58
Caption: Gus Van Sant, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests include: Filmmaker Gus Van Sant, Carrie Brownstein from the new IFC series "Portlandia", world music drummer Obo Addy.

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Jan 13, 2011
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Michael Curry
Best of 2010 Show - guests include: Puppeteer Michael Curry, author Steve Almond, musical guest John Roderick.

  • Added: Jan 27, 2011
  • Length: 58:57
Caption: Maria Bamford
Guests include: Comedians Maria Bamford and Tig Notaro, plus actor/comedian from TV's COMMUNITY, Danny Pudi. Musical guest folk singer Michelle Sho...

Bought by WNJR


  • Added: Feb 03, 2011
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Dan Savage
Guests include: syndicated advice columnist Dan Savage, poets Derrick Brown and Claudia Handler, musical guests John Roderick and Holcombe Waller.

  • Added: Feb 17, 2011
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: John Roderick, Jonathan Coulton, John Hodgeman
Guests include: Chuck Barris, Dave Frishberg, Bruce Campbell, John Hodgman, Jonathan Coulton and John Roderick, Alison Bechdel and Lynda Barry and...

  • Added: Feb 19, 2011
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: The Timbers Army, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests include Timbers owner Merritt Paulson, fisher poet Moe Bowstern, musical guest Langhorne Slim.

Bought by WCPN, WGBH Radio Boston, and WNJR


  • Added: Feb 24, 2011
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Karen Russell, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests include: Author Karen Russell, salt expert Mark Bitterman, musical guests Cave Singers.

Bought by WGBH Radio Boston and WNJR


  • Added: Mar 03, 2011
  • Length: 58:55
  • 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 WGBH Radio Boston and WNJR


  • Added: Mar 11, 2011
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: 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 WCPN, WGBH Radio Boston, and WNJR


  • Added: Mar 17, 2011
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 3
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 WCPN, WNJR, and WGBH Radio Boston


  • Added: Mar 25, 2011
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Andre Dubus III, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests include: Acclaimed author Andre Dubus III, storyteller Roey Thorpe and musical guest Tony Furtado.

Bought by WNJR


  • Added: Apr 01, 2011
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Rocky Votolato, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests Include: inventor of the Wiki, Ward Cunningham, Oregon Book Award finalist Emily Chenoweth and musical guest from Seattle, Rocky Votolato.

Bought by WNJR


  • Added: Apr 08, 2011
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
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 peice band AGESANDAGES.

Bought by WNJR


  • Added: Apr 14, 2011
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Chelsea Cain, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests include: New York Times bestselling thriller author Chelsea Cain, essayist and blogger Stacy Bolt and musical guest Holcombe Waller.

Bought by WNJR


  • Added: Apr 21, 2011
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Todd Haynes, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests include: Filmmaker Todd Haynes, Author Anne Lamott and musical guest Sophe Lux.

Bought by WNJR


  • Added: Apr 28, 2011
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Beth showed us why her SF Porchlight reading series has a reputation for being so funny and smart..., Credit: Jennie Baker
Guests include Author Mike Sacks, Humorist / Essayist Beth Lisick, and musical guests Celilo (Americana rock and roll)

Bought by WCPN and WNJR


  • Added: May 05, 2011
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Other than some very serious and beautiful songs, David was a crackup!, Credit: Jennie Baker
Guests Include Author/Sexual Revolutionary Susie Bright, Poet Matther Dickman, and musical guest songwriter David Bazan.

Bought by WNJR


  • Added: May 12, 2011
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: It's amazing how life affirming it is to talk about dying people with Peter Richardson., Credit: Jennie Baker
Guests Include Documentary Director Peter Richardson (How to Die in Oregon), Museum founder and non-car traveller Boaz Frankel, essayist Margaret M...

  • Added: May 19, 2011
  • Length: 59:00