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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390 Pieces

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Caption: Corin Tucker of Corin Tucker Band, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Acclaimed author ROB REID. Author CHELSEA CAIN. Musical guest JOE PUG. Sleater-Kinney alum's solo project, CORIN TUCKER BAND.

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


  • Added: Sep 20, 2012
  • Length: 59:02
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Mike Birbiglia, Comedian and star of the new film Sleepwalk With Me , Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Comedian and Filmmaker MIKE BIRBIGLIA. Journalist and video game designer MATT HARDING. Musical guests HELIO SEQUENCE.

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Sep 14, 2012
  • Length: 55:01
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Mike Birbiglia, Comedian and star of the new film Sleepwalk With Me, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Comedian and Filmmaker MIKE BIRBIGLIA. Journalist and video game designer MATT HARDING. Musical guests HELIO SEQUENCE.

Bought by 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, 90.5 WESA, WCPN, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and Rhythm & News Service


  • Added: Sep 14, 2012
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Fruit Bats, Eric D. Johnson, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author BRIAN DOYLE. Storyteller AMBER JO. Musical Guests FRUIT BATS.

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Sep 06, 2012
  • Length: 54:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Fruit Bats, Eric D. Johnson, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author BRIAN DOYLE. Storyteller AMBER JO. Musical Guests FRUIT BATS.

Bought by Oregon Public Broadcasting and Rhythm & News Service


  • Added: Sep 06, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Hey Marseilles Indie Folk Band, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
ELIZABETH WEIL - Author of "No Cheating, No Dying: I had a Good Marriage and I Tried to Make it Better." IAN KARMEL - Stand-up comic, winner of t...

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Aug 29, 2012
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Hey Marseilles Indie Folk Band, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
ELIZABETH WEIL - Author of "No Cheating, No Dying: I had a Good Marriage and I Tried to Make it Better." IAN KARMEL - Stand-up comic, winner of t...

Bought by Rhythm & News Service and Oregon Public Broadcasting


  • Added: Aug 29, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Humorist & Author David Rakoff, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author, Commentator, Humorist David Rakoff, Author Jonathan Lethem plus musical guest 21 year old sensation Sara Jackson-Holman

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Aug 23, 2012
  • Length: 54:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Humorist & Author David Rakoff, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author, Commentator, Humorist David Rakoff, Author Jonathan Lethem, plus musical guest 21 year old sensation Sara Jackson-Holman

Bought by Rhythm & News Service and Oregon Public Broadcasting


  • Added: Aug 23, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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 KUOW


  • Added: Aug 09, 2012
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 1
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
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
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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: 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
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