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: 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
Caption: Musician Jonathan Coulton, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Author/artist MOLLY CRABAPPLE, Chef CHRISTINA TOSI, musical guest JONATHAN COULTON.

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


  • Added: Jan 10, 2014
  • Length: 53:58
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Musician Jonathan Coulton, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Author/artist MOLLY CRABAPPLE, Chef CHRISTINA TOSI, musical guest JONATHAN COULTON.

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


  • Added: Jan 10, 2014
  • Length: 59:03
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Filmmaker LYNN SHELTON, Essayist STACY BOLT and musical guests THAO and the GET DOWN STAY DOWN.

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


  • Added: Jan 02, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Filmmaker LYNN SHELTON, Essayist STACY BOLT and musical guests THAO and the GET DOWN STAY DOWN.

Bought by KUT, KUOW, and KCPW


  • Added: Jan 03, 2014
  • Length: 53:58
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Comedian Dana Gould, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Comedian DANA GOULD, writer LINDY WEST, and music from BLITZEN TRAPPER.

Bought by KUT, KUOW, and KCPW


  • Added: Dec 27, 2013
  • Length: 53:58
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Comedian Dana Gould, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Comedian DANA GOULD, writer LINDY WEST, and music from BLITZEN TRAPPER.

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


  • Added: Dec 27, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Storm Large, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Actor STEPHEN TOBOLOWSKY, writer OPHIRA EISENBERG, and music from STORM LARGE and RODNEY HICKS.

Bought by WRIR, KUT, KUOW, KCPW, and WBEZ


  • Added: Dec 19, 2013
  • Length: 53:57
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Storm Large, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Actor STEPHEN TOBOLOWSKY, writer OPHIRA EISENBERG, and music from STORM LARGE and RODNEY HICKS.

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


  • Added: Dec 19, 2013
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: This American Life's Ira Glass
Host and producer of This American Life IRA GLASS, RadioLab's JAD ABUMRAD and ROBERT KRULWICH, Prairie Home Companion's GARRISON KEILLOR and music ...

Bought by KHNS, KISU, WRIR, KUT, KUOW and more


  • Added: Dec 13, 2013
  • Length: 53:58
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: This American Life's Ira Glass
Host and producer of This American Life IRA GLASS, RadioLab's JAD ABUMRAD and ROBERT KRULWICH, Prairie Home Companion's GARRISON KEILLOR and music ...

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


  • Added: Dec 13, 2013
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Comedian April Richardson, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
NPR Correspondent DAVID FOLKENFLIK, Comedian APRIL RICHARDSON, and music by SHELBY EARL.

Bought by KUT, WRIR, KUOW, and KCPW


  • Added: Dec 06, 2013
  • Length: 54:02
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Comedian April Richardson, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
NPR Correspondent DAVID FOLKENFLIK, Comedian APRIL RICHARDSON, and music by SHELBY EARL.

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


  • Added: Dec 06, 2013
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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A post-holiday special with a mix of new and old material from the likes of author SIMON SINGH, professional cuddler SAMANTHA HESS, AUGUSTEN BURROU...

Bought by KUT, Spokane Public Radio, KUOW, and KCPW


  • Added: Nov 29, 2013
  • Length: 53:57
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Simon Singh
A post-holiday special with a mix of new and old material from the likes of author SIMON SINGH, professional cuddler SAMANTHA HESS, AUGUSTEN BURROU...

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


  • Added: Nov 29, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Portugal. The Man's John Baldwin Gourleyn, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Television writer STEVE YOUNG, writer SARAH MIRK, and music from PORTUGAL. THE MAN.

Bought by KUT, KUOW, KCPW, and Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Nov 22, 2013
  • Length: 53:57
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Portugal. The Man's John Baldwin Gourley, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Television writer STEVE YOUNG, writer SARAH MIRK, and music from PORTUGAL. THE MAN.

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


  • Added: Nov 22, 2013
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Cartoonist Peter Bagge, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Cartoonist PETER BAGGE, author KAREN KARBO, and music from OLD LIGHT.

Bought by KUT, WRIR, KCPW, KUOW, Spokane Public Radio and more


  • Added: Nov 08, 2013
  • Length: 54:55
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Cartoonist Peter Bagge, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Cartoonist PETER BAGGE, author KAREN KARBO, and music from OLD LIGHT.

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


  • Added: Nov 08, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5