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: 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


  • Added: May 30, 2012
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Best selling Author Daniel H. Wilson with Live Wire's Faces for Radio Theater, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
DANIEL H. WILSON - New York Times Bestselling Author TED RALL - Political Cartoonist STAR ANNA - Vocalist & Rhythm Guitarist

Bought by Rhythm & News Service, WNJR, and WCPN


  • Added: Jun 07, 2012
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Author & Comedian Lizz Winstead, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
LIZZ WINSTEAD - Comedian, Writer & Producer MIKE RUSSELL - Portland based Cartoonist, Writer and Movie Critic KASEY ANDERSON - Seattle-based Sing...

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


  • Added: Jun 15, 2012
  • Length: 59:02
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: New York Times Bestselling Author David Shields, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests Include Daily Show Co-creator LIZZ WINSTEAD, Author DAVID SHIELDS, and musical indie geniuses RAMONA FALLS

Bought by Rhythm & News Service and WCPN


  • Added: Jun 21, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: New York Times Bestselling Author David Shields, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests Include Daily Show Co-creator Lizz Winstead, Author David Shields, and musical indie geniuses Ramona Falls

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Jun 21, 2012
  • Length: 54:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Acclaimed Author Patrick deWitt, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Acclaimed author and screen writer, PATRICK DEWITT. Songwriter and musician, MICHAEL HURLEY. Portland Essayist, MARTHA GROVER.

Bought by Rhythm & News Service and WCPN


  • Added: Jun 28, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Acclaimed Author Patrick deWitt, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Acclaimed author and screen writer, PATRICK DEWITT. Songwriter and musician, MICHAEL HURLEY. Portland Essayist, MARTHA GROVER.

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Jun 28, 2012
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis & Illustrator Mike Oeming, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Comic book writer and former artist for Marvel comics, BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS. International Cheesemonger winner, STEVE JONES. Portland based alter...

Bought by Rhythm & News Service, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and WCPN


  • Added: Jul 05, 2012
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis & Illustrator Mike Oeming, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Comic book writer and former artist for Marvel comics, BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS. International Cheesemonger winner, STEVE JONES. Portland based alter...

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Jul 05, 2012
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Best selling author Joshua Foer, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Best selling author, JOSHUA FOER. Author and advocate for tall women, ARIANNE COHEN. Indie-psych folk ensemble, THE PARSON RED HEADS.

Bought by Oregon Public Broadcasting, Rhythm & News Service, and WCPN


  • Added: Jul 12, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Best selling author Joshua Foer, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Best selling author, JOSHUA FOER. Author and advocate for tall women, ARIANNE COHEN. Indie-psych folk ensemble, THE PARSON RED HEADS.

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Jul 12, 2012
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Comedian Ron Funches, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
RON FUNCHES - Portland Comedian. JAMES CURLEIGH - President and CEO of KEEN Footwear. THOMAS LAUDERDALE & KATHLEEN SADAAT - Pink Martini pianist an...

Bought by Rhythm & News Service, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and WCPN


  • Added: Jul 20, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
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RON FUNCHES - Portland Comedian. JAMES CURLEIGH - President and CEO of KEEN Footwear. THOMAS LAUDERDALE & KATHLEEN SADAAT - Pink Martini pianist an...

Bought by KUOW and Oregon Public Broadcasting


  • Added: Jul 20, 2012
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: New York Times Bestselling Author Susan Orlean, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
SUSAN ORLEAN - Best-selling Author of "The Orchid Thief" and "Rin Tin Tin." JOHN RODERICK - Talented American musician and writer. PORTLAND CELLO...

Bought by Rhythm & News Service, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and WCPN


  • Added: Jul 26, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Best-Selling Author Susan Orlean, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
SUSAN ORLEAN - Best-selling Author of "The Orchid Thief" and "Rin Tin Tin." JOHN RODERICK - Talented American musician and writer. PORTLAND CELLO...

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Jul 26, 2012
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Singer/Songwriter/Author Storm Large, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
STORM LARGE - Singer, songwriter, author SUSAN SALADOFF - Documentary filmmaker

Bought by Oregon Public Broadcasting, KUOW, and Rhythm & News Service


  • Added: Aug 02, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Singer/Songwriter/Author Storm Large, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
STORM LARGE - Singer, songwriter, author SUSAN SALADOFF - Documentary filmmaker

  • Added: Aug 02, 2012
  • Length: 55:01
Caption: New York Times Best-selling author of Wild, Cheryl Strayed, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
CHERYL STRAYED - Best-selling Author LAUREN WEEDMAN - Actress, Writer, Humorist LAURA GIBSON- Singer/Songwriter

Bought by 90.5 WESA and Rhythm & News Service


  • Added: Aug 16, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: New York Times Best-selling author of Wild, Cheryl Strayed, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
CHERYL STRAYED - Best-selling Author LAUREN WEEDMAN - Actress, Writer, Humorist LAURA GIBSON- Singer/Songwriter

  • Added: Aug 16, 2012
  • Length: 55:00
Caption: Indie Pop band Lost Lander, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
AJ JACOBS - New York Times bestselling author. DAVID WOLMAN - Author and Journalist. LOST LANDER - Portland indie pop band.

Bought by KUT, 90.5 WESA, Rhythm & News Service, and Oregon Public Broadcasting


  • Added: Aug 09, 2012
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 4