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: 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, KUOW, and KCPW


  • Added: Oct 26, 2013
  • Length: 55:00
  • 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 Spokane Public Radio, Rhythm & News Service, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, 90.5 WESA, KWMR and more


  • Added: Oct 26, 2013
  • Length: 59:01
  • 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, comedian BRANDIE POSEY, and music from 1939 ENSEMBLE.

Bought by WCPN, Spokane Public Radio, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, Rhythm & News Service, Oregon Public Broadcasting and more


  • Added: Nov 01, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • 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, comedian BRANDIE POSEY, and music from 1939 ENSEMBLE.

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


  • Added: Nov 01, 2013
  • Length: 54:58
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Composer, musician and writer Michael Hearst, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author KEVIN BARRY, author A.M. Homes, and music from Michael Hearst.

Bought by KUT, KCPW, KSRQ, and KUOW


  • Added: Oct 18, 2013
  • Length: 54:56
  • 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 WCPN, KUT, KSRQ, KCPW, and KUOW


  • Added: Oct 11, 2013
  • Length: 55:01
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Jonathan Coulton, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author/artist MOLLY CRABAPPLE, Chef CHRISTINA TOSI, musical guest JONATHAN COULTON.

Bought by KUT, KCPW, and KUOW


  • Added: Oct 04, 2013
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Jonathan Coulton, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author/artist MOLLY CRABAPPLE, Chef CHRISTINA TOSI, musical guest JONATHAN COULTON.

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


  • Added: Oct 04, 2013
  • Length: 59:03
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Comedian Todd Barry, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Comedian TODD BARRY, Congressman EARL BLUMENAUER, music guest RAMONA FALLS.

Bought by KSRQ, KUT, KUOW, Oregon Public Broadcasting, KCPW and more


  • Added: Sep 26, 2013
  • Length: 54:58
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Comedian Todd Barry, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Comedian TODD BARRY, Congressman EARL BLUMENAUER, music guest RAMONA FALLS.

Bought by Rhythm & News Service, 90.5 WESA, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, Spokane Public Radio, KWMR and more


  • Added: Sep 26, 2013
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Filmmaker LYNN SHELTON, Essayist STACY BOLT and musical guests THAO and the GET DOWN STAY DOWN.

Bought by WCPN, KUOW, KUT, and KCPW


  • Added: Sep 20, 2013
  • Length: 54:59
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Filmmaker LYNN SHELTON, Essayist STACY BOLT and musical guests THAO and the GET DOWN STAY DOWN.

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


  • Added: Sep 20, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Author and musician James McBride, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author JAMES McBRIDE, Editor of Found magazine DAVY ROTHBART and musical guests WILD ONES

Bought by KUOW, WCPN, KUT, and KCPW


  • Added: Sep 13, 2013
  • Length: 55:02
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Author and musician James McBride, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author JAMES McBRIDE, Editor of Found magazine DAVY ROTHBART and musical guests WILD ONES

Bought by KWMR, Rhythm & News Service, KSRQ, 90.5 WESA, Oregon Public Broadcasting and more


  • Added: Sep 12, 2013
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Director of C.O.G., Kyle Patrick Alvarez, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Director of C.O.G., a film based on the David Sedaris memoir, KYLE PATRICK ALVAREZ Poet and author of the recent Fall Ill Medicine, CARRI SEITSING...

Bought by WCPN, KUT, KCPW, and KUOW


  • Added: Sep 06, 2013
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Director of C.O.G., Kyle Patrick Alvarez, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Director of C.O.G., a film based on the David Sedaris memoir, KYLE PATRICK ALVAREZ Poet and author of the recent Fall Ill Medicine, CARRI SEITSING...

Bought by KWMR, KSRQ, Rhythm & News Service, and Oregon Public Broadcasting


  • Added: Sep 06, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Host of This American Life, 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 WCPN, KUT, KUOW, and KCPW


  • Added: Aug 30, 2013
  • Length: 54:55
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Host of This American Life, 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 Rhythm & News Service, KWMR, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, Oregon Public Broadcasting, 90.5 WESA and more


  • Added: Aug 30, 2013
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Animal behaviorist and autism expert Temple Grandin
Author SUSAN CAIN, Animal behaviorist and autism expert TEMPLE GRANDIN, Actor and storyteller STEPHEN TOBOLOWSKY, Late author DAVID RAKOFF, and Imp...

Bought by KUT, KUOW, and KCPW


  • Added: Aug 23, 2013
  • Length: 54:49
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Animal behaviorist and autism expert Temple Grandin
Author SUSAN CAIN, Animal behaviorist and autism expert TEMPLE GRANDIN, Actor and storyteller STEPHEN TOBOLOWSKY, Late author DAVID RAKOFF, and Imp...

Bought by KALW, Rhythm & News Service, KSRQ, 90.5 WESA, KWMR and more


  • Added: Aug 23, 2013
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 6