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: 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...

Bought by KUOW


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

Bought by Rhythm & News Service


  • Added: Feb 15, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Improvisational Comedian Reggie Watts, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Comedian Reggie Watts, Musician and Author Josh Ritter, Radio Talk Show Host Peter Sagal and Author Sarah Vowell.

  • Added: Feb 08, 2012
  • Length: 54:58
Caption: Improvisational Comedian Reggie Watts, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Comedian Reggie Watts, Musician and Author Josh Ritter, Radio Talk Show Host Peter Sagal and Author Sarah Vowell.

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


  • Added: Feb 08, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Famed Author Chuck Palahniuk, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Famed Novelist Chuck Palahniuk, Author Lidia Yuknavitch, Indie rock band Blouse.

  • Added: Feb 03, 2012
  • Length: 55:00
Caption: Famed Author Chuck Palahniuk, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Famed Novelist Chuck Palahniuk, Author Lidia Yuknavitch, Indie rock band Blouse.

Bought by Rhythm & News Service


  • Added: Feb 03, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist Jennifer Egan, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Steve Almond, author and journalist, and Portland synth-pop musical guests, Wild Ones

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Jan 26, 2012
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist Jennifer Egan, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Steve Almond, author and journalist, and Portland synth-pop musical guests, Wild Ones

Bought by KUOW and Rhythm & News Service


  • Added: Jan 26, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Pulitzer Prize-winning Author Isabel Wilkerson, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Graphic Novelist Craig Thompson, Pulitzer Prize winning Author Isabel Wilkerson, Musical guest Stephanie Schneiderman w/ chorus and string quartet.

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Jan 19, 2012
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Pulitzer Prize- winning Author Isabel Wilkserson, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Graphic Novelist Craig Thompson, Pulitzer Prize winning Author Isabel Wilkerson, Musical guest Stephanie Schneiderman w/ chorus and string quartet.

Bought by Rhythm & News Service and WNJR


  • Added: Jan 19, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • 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 WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Jan 11, 2012
  • Length: 54:58
  • Purchases: 1
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
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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