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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 WCPN and KUOW


  • Added: May 25, 2012
  • Length: 59:02
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: New York Times Bestselling Author of "Capitol Murder" Philip Margolin, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
PHILIP MARGOLIN - New York Times bestselling author THIRD RAIL REPERTORY THEATRE - A local Portland theatre company DOUBLECLICKS - A sister nerd ...

  • Added: Jun 07, 2012
  • Length: 55:01
Caption: New York Times Bestselling Author of "Capitol Murder" Philip Margolin, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
PHILIP MARGOLIN - New York Times bestselling author THIRD RAIL REPERTORY THEATRE - A local Portland theatre company DOUBLECLICKS - A sister nerd ...

Bought by WNJR, Rhythm & News Service, and WCPN


  • Added: May 31, 2012
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Kelly Carlin - Daughter of George Carlin & Creator of A Carlin Home Companion, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
KELLY CARLIN - Writer/Performer and Creator of, A Carlin Home Companion: Growing up with George MATT LOVE - With Singer-Songwriter MICHAEL DEAN D...

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: May 18, 2012
  • Length: 55:02
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Kelly Carlin - Daughter of George Carlin & Creator of A Carlin Home Companion, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
KELLY CARLIN - Writer/Performer and Creator of, A Carlin Home Companion: Growing up with George MATT LOVE - With Singer-Songwriter MICHAEL DEAN D...

Bought by Rhythm & News Service and WCPN


  • Added: May 17, 2012
  • Length: 59:02
  • 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: May 11, 2012
  • Length: 55:01
  • 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 Rhythm & News Service and WCPN


  • Added: May 11, 2012
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Acclaimed Author & Stand-up Comedian Moshe Kasher, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
MOSHE KASHER - Author and Stand-up Comedian. JANE JONES - Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director of Book-It Repertory Theatre SHOOK TWINS - Indie Folk Duo

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: May 03, 2012
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Acclaimed Author & Stand-up Comedian Moshe Kasher, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
MOSHE KASHER - Author and Stand-up Comedian. JANE JONES - Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director of Book-It Repertory Theatre SHOOK TWINS - Indie Folk Duo

Bought by WNJR, Rhythm & News Service, and WCPN


  • Added: May 03, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3