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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388 Pieces

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Caption: Hillstomp, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Tom Bissell, Author of Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter; Jeff Harvey, guitar-weilding CEO of the most sustainable "fast food" on the West Coast,...

Bought by WNJR


  • Added: Oct 13, 2010
  • Length: 59:00
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Author David Oliver Relin, storyteller and NY Times columnist Johanna Stein plus Seattle alt-country act the Moondoggies.

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  • Added: Oct 01, 2010
  • Length: 59:00
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Comedians Maria Bamford and Tig Notaro, plus actor/comedian from TV's THE COMMUNITY Danny Pudi. Musical guest folk singer Michelle Shocked.

  • Added: Sep 30, 2010
  • Length: 59:20
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Monologist Mike Daisey on the cult of Apple, Tynan deLong reading his teenage diary from Mortified: Portland, musical guest Corin Tucker Band

  • Added: Sep 30, 2010
  • Length: 59:20
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Comedian Lizz Winstead, Portland Opera Chorus, musical guest Bobby Bare Jr.

  • Added: Sep 30, 2010
  • Length: 59:25
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Filmmaker Taggart Siegel and beekeeper Jacqueline Freemanjoin from the documentary, Queen Of The Sun: What Are The Bees Telling Us? Dayna Hanson an...

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  • Added: Sep 30, 2010
  • Length: 59:43
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Comedian/Musician Reggie Watts. Brett Burmeister, blogger for foodcartsportland.com and Gregg from Whiffies Pies talk about Portland's nationally ...

  • Added: Sep 30, 2010
  • Length: 59:27
Caption: Scott Adsit
Guests include: Actor Scott Adsit, comedians Lizz Winstead and Matt Braunger and musical guests Sallie Ford & the Sound outside.

  • Added: Sep 06, 2010
  • Length: 59:32
Caption: Kevin Sampsell, Credit: Geoffrey Squier for Live Wire
Guests include: Memoirist Kevin Sampsell. Journalist/Author Arianne Cohen. Musical guest Ritchie Young.

Bought by 90.5 WESA


  • Added: Jul 16, 2010
  • Length: 58:56
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Caption: Timmy Williams, Credit: Geoffrey Squier for Live Wire
Guests include: Comedian Timmy Williams. Author Robin Romm. Musical guests Floater.

  • Added: Jul 16, 2010
  • Length: 58:50
Caption: One Night in Frogtown
Guests include: Poet Derrick Brown. Musical storybook One Night in Frogtown. Musical guests Black Prairie.

  • Added: Jul 08, 2010
  • Length: 59:32
Caption: Donald Miller
Guests include: Author Donald Miller. Spoken word performer Joe Sib. Musical guest Chris Shiflett.

  • Added: Jul 08, 2010
  • Length: 58:48
Caption: Sneakin' Out
Guests include: Memoirist Wendy Burden. Poet Anis Mojgani. Musical guests Sneakin' Out.

  • Added: Jul 08, 2010
  • Length: 58:43
Caption: Dave Dahl
Guests include: Author Daniel H. Wilson. Entrepreneur Dave Dahl. Musical guest Maia Sharp.

  • Added: Jul 08, 2010
  • Length: 59:23
Caption: Bill Oakley
Guests include: Author Steve Almond. Television writer Bill Oakley. Musical guest Damien Jurado.

  • Added: Jul 06, 2010
  • Length: 59:22
Caption: John Roderick
Guests include: Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Richard Russo. Farm to Table organization Plate & Pitchfork. Musical guest John Roderick.

  • Added: Jul 06, 2010
  • Length: 59:38
Caption: The Baseball Project
Guests include: Congressman Earl Blumenauer. Writer & blogger Stacy Bolt. Musical guests The Baseball Project.

  • Added: Jul 02, 2010
  • Length: :00
Caption: Michael Curry
Guests include: Master Puppeteer and Kinetic Sculpturist Michael Curry. Cartoonist and creator of Too Much Coffee Man, Shannon Wheeler. Musical g...

  • Added: Jul 02, 2010
  • Length: :00
Caption: Actor Daniel Stern, Credit: Geoffrey Silver for Live Wire!
Live Wire from Portland, Oregon delivers old school variety with a modern twist. The perfect blend of original sketch comedy, music and interview.

Bought by 90.5 WESA


  • Added: Mar 16, 2010
  • Length: :00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Dan Savage and Storm Large, Credit: Anthony Pidgeon for Live Wire! Radio
Live Wire celebrates its 5th anniversary with author/sex columnist/Stephen Colbert's National Spokes-Gay, Chanteuse Storm Large and musical guests ...

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  • Added: Mar 27, 2009
  • Length: :00
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