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: Gypsy Folk & Bluegrass band, Black Prairie, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
JIM LYNCH - Author WENDY McCLURE - Author and Essayist BLACK PRAIRIE - Acoustic folk, gypsy, bluegrass band

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  • Added: Apr 26, 2012
  • Length: 59:01
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Caption: Singer/Songwriter/Author Storm Large, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
STORM LARGE - Singer, songwriter, author SUSAN SALADOFF - Documentary filmmaker

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  • Added: Apr 19, 2012
  • Length: 55:01
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Singer/Songwriter/Author Storm Large, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
STORM LARGE - Singer, songwriter, author SUSAN SALADOFF - Documentary filmmaker

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  • Added: Apr 19, 2012
  • Length: 59:02
  • 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

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  • Added: Apr 13, 2012
  • Length: 55:01
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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

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  • Added: Apr 13, 2012
  • Length: 59:02
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Caption: David Javerbaum Author of "The Last Testament: A Memoir by GOD", Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
DAVID JAVERBAUM - Dazzling Author MICKEY HUFF - Director of Project Censored REVA DeVITO - Singer/Songwriter

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  • Added: Apr 06, 2012
  • Length: 55:02
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: David Javerbaum Author of "The Last Testament: A Memoir by GOD", Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
DAVID JAVERBAUM - Dazzling Author MICKEY HUFF - Director of Project Censored REVA DeVITO - Singer/Songwriter

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  • Added: Apr 06, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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...

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  • Added: Mar 30, 2012
  • Length: 55:01
  • Purchases: 1
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...

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  • Added: Mar 30, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • 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...

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  • Added: Mar 23, 2012
  • Length: 55:01
  • 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...

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  • Added: Mar 23, 2012
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Best-selling Author, Joshua Foer, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
East coast Author, JOSHUA FOER. Author and advocate for tall women, Arianne Cohen. Indie-psych folk ensemble, THE PARSON RED HEADS.

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  • Added: Mar 15, 2012
  • Length: 55:01
  • 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.

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  • Added: Mar 15, 2012
  • Length: 59:01
  • 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.

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  • Added: Mar 09, 2012
  • Length: 54:58
  • 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.

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  • Added: Mar 09, 2012
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 2
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...

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  • Added: Mar 01, 2012
  • Length: 54:59
  • 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...

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  • Added: Mar 01, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: The poetic folk band, Hey Marseilles, 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...

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  • Added: Feb 24, 2012
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The poetic folk band, Hey Marseilles, 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...

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  • Added: Feb 24, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Eclectic Indie Band Typhoon, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Current Oregon Poet Laureate PAULANN PETERSEN. Her latest book is The Voluptuary. KATE BEATON, cartoonist for The New Yorker, brings her highly a...

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  • Added: Feb 15, 2012
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 1