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: Author Sherman Alexie, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire
Author SHERMAN ALEXIE, comedian W. Kamau Bell, and music from Run on Sentence.

Bought by WCPN, KUT, KUOW, Northwest Public Broadcasting, and KCPW


  • Added: Mar 21, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Author Sherman Alexie, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire
Author SHERMAN ALEXIE, comedian W. Kamau Bell, and music from Run on Sentence.

Bought by KUT, KSRQ, Rhythm & News Service, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, 90.5 WESA and more


  • Added: Mar 20, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Filmmaker Beth Harrington, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire
Musician and author WESLEY STACE, filmmaker BETH HARRINGTON, and music from ALBATROSS.

Bought by WCPN, WRIR, KUT, KUOW, KCPW and more


  • Added: Mar 13, 2014
  • Length: 54:01
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Filmmaker Beth Harrington, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire
Musician and author WESLEY STACE, filmmaker BETH HARRINGTON, and music from ALBATROSS.

Bought by 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, Rhythm & News Service, KUNV, and 90.5 WESA


  • Added: Mar 13, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Author/musician Willy Vlautin, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire
Author/musician WILLY VLAUTIN, comic book writer MATT FRACTION, and music by KRISTIN HERSH

Bought by KSRQ, KUNV, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, and Rhythm & News Service


  • Added: Mar 06, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Author/musician Willy Vlautin, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire
Author/musician WILLY VLAUTIN, comic book writer MATT FRACTION, and music by KRISTIN HERSH

Bought by 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, 90.5 WESA, WCPN, KUT, KUOW and more


  • Added: Mar 06, 2014
  • Length: 54:02
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Artist Lisa Brown and author Daniel Handler, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Author DANIEL HANDLER and artist LISA BROWN, comedian JAY FLEWELLING, music from THE DOUBLECLICKS

Bought by WCPN, KUT, KUOW, KCPW, and Northwest Public Broadcasting


  • Added: Feb 27, 2014
  • Length: 54:03
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Artist Lisa Brown and author Daniel Handler, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Author DANIEL HANDLER and artist LISA BROWN, comedian JAY FLEWELLING, music from THE DOUBLECLICKS

Bought by KUNV, Rhythm & News Service, KSRQ, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, and 90.5 WESA


  • Added: Feb 27, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire
Filmmaker SHERIEF ELKATSHA, author KEVIN CARROLL, and music from PINK MARTINI & THE VON TRAPPS.

Bought by KUNV, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, KSRQ, Rhythm & News Service, and 90.5 WESA


  • Added: Feb 20, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire
Filmmaker SHERIEF ELKATSHA, author KEVIN CARROLL, and music from PINK MARTINI & THE VON TRAPPS.

Bought by WCPN, KUT, KUOW, Northwest Public Broadcasting, and KCPW


  • Added: Feb 20, 2014
  • Length: 54:02
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Comedian April Richardson , Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire
NPR Correspondent DAVID FOLKENFLIK, Comedian APRIL RICHARDSON, and music by SHELBY EARL.

Bought by WCPN, KUT, Northwest Public Broadcasting, and KCPW


  • Added: Feb 13, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Comedian April Richardson , Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire
NPR Correspondent DAVID FOLKENFLIK, Comedian APRIL RICHARDSON, and music by SHELBY EARL.

Bought by KUNV, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, Rhythm & News Service, and KSRQ


  • Added: Feb 13, 2014
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Actor Greg Sestero , Credit: Duane Bolland for Live Wire! Radio
Actor GREG SESTERO, author WILLIAM TODD SCHULTZ, and music by TWIN FORKS.

Bought by KUT, Northwest Public Broadcasting, and KCPW


  • Added: Feb 07, 2014
  • Length: 53:58
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Actor Greg Sestero , Credit: Duane Bolland for Live Wire! Radio
Actor GREG SESTERO, author WILLIAM TODD SCHULTZ, and music by TWIN FORKS.

Bought by WCPN, KUNV, Rhythm & News Service, KSRQ, and 90.1 WFYI Public Radio


  • Added: Feb 07, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Author Kevin Barry, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire
Author KEVIN BARRY, author A.M. Homes, and music from Michael Hearst.

Bought by WCPN, KUNV, KSRQ, Rhythm & News Service, and 90.1 WFYI Public Radio


  • Added: Jan 30, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Author Kevin Barry, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire
Author KEVIN BARRY, author A.M. Homes, and music from Michael Hearst.

Bought by KUT, KCPW, and Northwest Public Broadcasting


  • Added: Jan 30, 2014
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Author T.C. Boyle , Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire
Authors T.C. BOYLE, M.K. ASANTE, IAN DOESCHER, and music by TANYA DONELLY.

Bought by WCPN, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, Rhythm & News Service, and KSRQ


  • Added: Jan 23, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Author T.C. Boyle , Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire
Authors T.C. BOYLE, M.K. ASANTE, IAN DOESCHER, and music by TANYA DONELLY.

Bought by KUT, KUOW, KCPW, and Northwest Public Broadcasting


  • Added: Jan 22, 2014
  • Length: 53:56
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis , Credit: Duane Bolland for Live Wire! Radio
Comic book writer BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, Toro Bravo chef and cookbook author JOHN GORHAM, and music from 1939 ENSEMBLE.

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio, WRIR, KUT, KUOW, Northwest Public Broadcasting and more


  • Added: Jan 17, 2014
  • Length: 53:55
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis , Credit: Duane Bolland for Live Wire! Radio
Comic book writer BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, Toro Bravo chef and cookbook author JOHN GORHAM, and music from 1939 ENSEMBLE.

Bought by KSRQ, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, Rhythm & News Service, 90.5 WESA, and WCPN


  • Added: Jan 17, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5