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

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Indie Rock Band Viva Voce, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
CHRIS GILLEBEAU -World traveler & author of The Art of Non-Comformity. ROLLIN SOLES - Award-winning chief winemaker for Argyle Wines. VIVA VOCE ...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN, WNJR, Rhythm & News Service, and KUOW


  • Added: Dec 09, 2011
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Eric D. Johnson, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author, BRIAN DOYLE. Storyteller, AMBER JO. Musical Guests, FRUIT BATS.

  • Added: Dec 01, 2011
  • Length: 54:41
Caption: Fruit Bats, Eric D. Johnson, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author, BRIAN DOYLE. Storyteller, AMBER JO. Musical Guests, FRUIT BATS.

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


  • Added: Dec 01, 2011
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Singer/Writer Christine McKinley, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Science Author, Michael Nielsen. Writer & Musician, Christine McKinley Musical Guests, Crooked Fingers.

  • Added: Nov 25, 2011
  • Length: 55:02
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, Rhythm & News Service, and WNJR


  • Added: Nov 23, 2011
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: NY Times Best Selling Author, Karen Karbo, Credit: Emily Setzer Live Wire Radio
KAREN KARBO - NY Times best-selling author. ARTHUR BRADFORD - Writer/Director/Producer. TU FAWNING - Indie Rock Band

  • Added: Nov 17, 2011
  • Length: 55:01
Caption: NY Times Best Selling Author, Karen Karbo, Credit: Emily Setzer Live Wire Radio
KAREN KARBO - NY Times best-selling author. ARTHUR BRADFORD - Writer/Director/Producer. TU FAWNING - Indie Rock Band

Bought by Rhythm & News Service, WNJR, and KUOW


  • Added: Nov 17, 2011
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: NYTimes Best Selling Author Daniel H. Wilson, Credit: Emily Setzer Live Wire Radio
DANIEL H. WILSON - Author of Robopocalypse, the NYTimes Bestseller that was optioned by Dreamworks and will be directed by Steven Spielberg. SHAKE...

  • Added: Nov 11, 2011
  • Length: 53:49
Caption: NYTimes Best Selling Author Daniel H. Wilson, Credit: Emily Setzer Live Wire Radio
DANIEL H. WILSON - Author of Robopocalypse, the NYTimes Bestseller that was optioned by Dreamworks and will be directed by Steven Spielberg. SHAKE...

Bought by KUOW, WNJR, and Rhythm & News Service


  • Added: Nov 10, 2011
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Chuck Palahniuk, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Famed Novelist Chuck Palahniuk, Author Lidia Yuknavitch, Indie rock band Blouse.

Bought by WCPN


  • Added: Oct 06, 2011
  • Length: 55:01
  • Purchases: 1
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, WNJR, and KUOW


  • Added: Oct 06, 2011
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 3
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Rob Forbes founder of Design Within Reach, Tinker Hatfield Creator of the Air Jordan shoe, Dwight Slade Stand-up Comic and musical guests On The Ro...

  • Added: Sep 30, 2011
  • Length: 54:58
Caption: 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: Sep 22, 2011
  • Length: 54:53
Caption: 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 KUOW


  • Added: Sep 23, 2011
  • Length: 58:54
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Blind Pilot, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests include: radio talk show host Adam Klugman, award-winning poet Anis Mojgani, musical guests Blind Pilot.

Bought by WNJR


  • Added: Sep 15, 2011
  • Length: 55:01
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Matthew Inman, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests Include Matthew Inman (Creator of The Oatmeal), Essayist/Artist Margaret Malone, and musical guest Dolorean

Bought by Rhythm & News Service and KUOW


  • Added: Sep 09, 2011
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: AGESANDAGES, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests include writer and filmmaker Jon Raymond, the Third Angle Ensemble with composer Eve Beglarian and 7 piece band AGESANDAGES.

Bought by KUOW and Rhythm & News Service


  • Added: Sep 01, 2011
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: 3 Leg Torso, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests include filmmaker Taggart Siegel w/ beekeeper Jacqueline Freeman, MusicFest NW organizer Trevor Solomon, and musical guest 3 Leg Torso.

Bought by Rhythm & News Service and KUOW


  • Added: Aug 18, 2011
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Mimicking Birds, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests include: writer and therumpus.net founder Stephen Elliott, Harriet Fasenfest and musical guests Mimicking Birds.

Bought by Jefferson Public Radio and KUOW


  • Added: Aug 12, 2011
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Erin McKeown, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests include: rising star filmmaker Andy Blubaugh, food critic Karen Brooks and singer/songwriter Erin McKeown.

Bought by Jefferson Public Radio and KUOW


  • Added: Aug 05, 2011
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 2