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: 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: 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: 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...

  • Added: Nov 11, 2011
  • Length: 53:49
Caption: NY Times Best Selling Author, Karen Karbo, Credit: Emily Setzer Live Wire Radio
KAREN KARBO - NY Times best-selling author. ARTHUR BRADFORD - Writer/Director/Producer. TU FAWNING - Indie Rock Band

Bought by Rhythm & News Service, WNJR, and KUOW


  • Added: Nov 17, 2011
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: NY Times Best Selling Author, Karen Karbo, Credit: Emily Setzer Live Wire Radio
KAREN KARBO - NY Times best-selling author. ARTHUR BRADFORD - Writer/Director/Producer. TU FAWNING - Indie Rock Band

  • Added: Nov 17, 2011
  • Length: 55:01
Caption: Singer/Writer Christine McKinley, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Science Author, Michael Nielsen. Writer and Musician, Christine McKinley. Musical Guests, Crooked Fingers.

Bought by KUOW, Rhythm & News Service, and WNJR


  • Added: Nov 23, 2011
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Singer/Writer Christine McKinley, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Science Author, Michael Nielsen. Writer & Musician, Christine McKinley Musical Guests, Crooked Fingers.

  • Added: Nov 25, 2011
  • Length: 55:02
Caption: Fruit Bats, Eric D. Johnson, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author, BRIAN DOYLE. Storyteller, AMBER JO. Musical Guests, FRUIT BATS.

Bought by KMXT, WNJR, Rhythm & News Service, and KUOW


  • Added: Dec 01, 2011
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Eric D. Johnson, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author, BRIAN DOYLE. Storyteller, AMBER JO. Musical Guests, FRUIT BATS.

  • Added: Dec 01, 2011
  • Length: 54:41
Caption: Indie Rock Band Viva Voce, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
CHRIS GILLEBEAU -World traveler & author of The Art of Non-Comformity. ROLLIN SOLES - Award-winning chief winemaker for Argyle Wines. VIVA VOCE ...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN, WNJR, Rhythm & News Service, and KUOW


  • Added: Dec 09, 2011
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Indie Rock Band Viva Voce, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
CHRIS GILLEBEAU -World traveler & author of The Art of Non-Comformity. ROLLIN SOLES - Award-winning chief winemaker for Argyle Wines. VIVA VOCE ...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Dec 08, 2011
  • Length: 54:56
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Tom Kenny voice of SpongeBob, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
TOM KENNY - voice of Spongebob SquarePants JOHN de GRAFF - author, speaker & national coordinator of Take Back Your Time TELEKINESIS - an Indie R...

Bought by Rhythm & News Service and WNJR


  • Added: Dec 15, 2011
  • Length: 58:56
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Tom Kenny voice of SpongeBob, Credit: jennie Baker for Live Wire!
TOM KENNY - voice of Spongebob SquarePants JOHN de GRAFF - author, speaker & national coordinator of Take Back Your Time TELEKINESIS - an Indie R...

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Dec 15, 2011
  • Length: 54:55
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Author Daniel Handler a.k.a. Lemony Snicket, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
DANIEL HANDLER - Author of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortuante Events. SHELLEY MCLENDON - Writer, producer, actor, and improvisor. DUOVER -...

Bought by WBEZ, Rhythm & News Service, and KUOW


  • Added: Dec 22, 2011
  • Length: 58:53
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Author Daniel Handler a.k.a. Lemony Snicket, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
DANIEL HANDLER - Author of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortuante Events. SHELLEY MCLENDON - Writer, producer, actor, and improvisor. DUOVER -...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Dec 22, 2011
  • Length: 54:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Acclaimed Author and original Head Writer for The David Letterman Show, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
MERRILL MARKOE - Original Head Writer for Late Night with David Letterman. Author of "Cool, Calm & Contentious." CARL ADAMSHICK - Poet and winner ...

Bought by KUT, Rhythm & News Service, KUOW, and WNJR


  • Added: Dec 30, 2011
  • Length: 58:56
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Acclaimed Author and original Head Writer for The David Letterman Show, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
MERRILL MARKOE - Original Head Writer for Late Night with David Letterman. Author of "Cool, Calm & Contentious." CARL ADAMSHICK - Poet and winner...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Dec 30, 2011
  • Length: 54:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Filmmaker 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: Jan 05, 2012
  • Length: 54:49
Caption: Filmmaker 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 Rhythm & News Service and KUOW


  • Added: Jan 05, 2012
  • Length: 58:52
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Blind Pilot, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Musical guests Blind Pilot, Radio Host Adam Klugman, Poetic force of nature Anis Mojgani.

Bought by Rhythm & News Service and KUOW


  • Added: Jan 11, 2012
  • Length: 58:50
  • Purchases: 2