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: Wesley Stace
Guests include: Author Wesley Stace aka musician John Wesley Harding, Eastern European gypsy/jazz/klezmer punk band Chervona and storyteller Aaron ...

Bought by WGBH Radio Boston and WNJR


  • Added: Mar 11, 2011
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Karen Russell, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests include: Author Karen Russell, salt expert Mark Bitterman, musical guests Cave Singers.

Bought by WGBH Radio Boston and WNJR


  • Added: Mar 03, 2011
  • Length: 58:55
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: The Timbers Army, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests include Timbers owner Merritt Paulson, fisher poet Moe Bowstern, musical guest Langhorne Slim.

Bought by WCPN, WGBH Radio Boston, and WNJR


  • Added: Feb 24, 2011
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: John Roderick, Jonathan Coulton, John Hodgeman
Guests include: Chuck Barris, Dave Frishberg, Bruce Campbell, John Hodgman, Jonathan Coulton and John Roderick, Alison Bechdel and Lynda Barry and...

  • Added: Feb 19, 2011
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Dan Savage
Guests include: syndicated advice columnist Dan Savage, poets Derrick Brown and Claudia Handler, musical guests John Roderick and Holcombe Waller.

  • Added: Feb 17, 2011
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Maria Bamford
Guests include: Comedians Maria Bamford and Tig Notaro, plus actor/comedian from TV's COMMUNITY, Danny Pudi. Musical guest folk singer Michelle Sho...

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  • Added: Feb 03, 2011
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Michael Curry
Best of 2010 Show - guests include: Puppeteer Michael Curry, author Steve Almond, musical guest John Roderick.

  • Added: Jan 27, 2011
  • Length: 58:57
Caption: Gus Van Sant, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests include: Filmmaker Gus Van Sant, Carrie Brownstein from the new IFC series "Portlandia", world music drummer Obo Addy.

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  • Added: Jan 13, 2011
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Lizz Winstead, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire
Guests include: comedian Lizz Winstead, singer/songwriter Bobby Bare, Jr., and The Portland Opera.

  • Added: Jan 07, 2011
  • Length: 58:58
Caption: Anis Mojgani
Some of our favorite Memorable Moments, including The Decemberists' Colin Meloy, Christopher Moore, The Lonely Forest, Taylor Mali

  • Added: Dec 31, 2010
  • Length: 59:11
Caption: Dan Savage, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests include: author and columnist Dan Savage, filmmaker Christoph Baaden and musical guest Thao Nguyen.

Bought by WNJR and KUOW


  • Added: Dec 23, 2010
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Todd Levin, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests include: writer & comedian Todd Levin, essayist Justin Hocking and musical guest Laura Veirs.

Bought by WNJR


  • Added: Dec 16, 2010
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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.

  • Added: Dec 10, 2010
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Weinland, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guests include political satirist Will Durst, Cort & Fatboy, and musical guests Weinland.

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  • Added: Dec 02, 2010
  • Length: 58:55
  • Purchases: 1
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Guests include orangutan expert Dr. Birute Galdikas, monologist Jeff Greenwald, musical guests The Blue Cranes.

  • Added: Nov 25, 2010
  • Length: 59:27
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guests include rising star filmmaker Andy Blubaugh, Food Critic Karen Brooks and singer/songwriter Erin McKeown

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  • Added: Nov 18, 2010
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Credit: Wendy Peyton for Live Wire! Radio
Guests include Congressman Earl Blumenauer, storyteller Nathanial Boggess and musical guest The Upsidedown with special guest REM's Peter Buck

  • Added: Nov 11, 2010
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Author/Singer-Songwriter Willy Vlautin, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire! Radio
Guests include Willy Vlautin, novelist and frontman for Americana band Richmond Fontaine, Authors Jamie Ford and Jennie Shortridge from Novel:Live ...

Bought by WNJR


  • Added: Nov 05, 2010
  • Length: 58:55
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Curtis Salgado, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire! Radio
Guests include the creatives behind the brilliant Old Spice Commercials, Rock Opera Grievous Angel - The Legend of Gram Parsons and bluesman Curtis...

Bought by KSRQ and WNJR


  • Added: Oct 28, 2010
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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One of America's pre-eminent boxing writers Katherine Dunn, Julie Sabatier - host of the pubic radio podcast Destination DIY explores the urban far...

  • Added: Oct 28, 2010
  • Length: 59:26