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: NBA star Brian Grant, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
NBA Star BRIAN GRANT Writer & Artist NICOLE GEORGES Musical Guests THE DANDY WARHOLS Special Guest Host LUKE BURBANK

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  • Added: Apr 12, 2013
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: NBA star Brian Grant, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
NBA Star BRIAN GRANT Writer & Artist NICOLE GEORGES Musical Guests THE DANDY WARHOLS Special Guest Host LUKE BURBANK

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


  • Added: Apr 12, 2013
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Singer/Songwriter Edna Vazquez, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author HOWARD BLOOM Comedian ALEX FALCONE Singer/Songwriter EDNA VAZQUEZ

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  • Added: Apr 05, 2013
  • Length: 54:54
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Singer/Songwriter Edna Vazquez, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author HOWARD BLOOM Comedian ALEX FALCONE Singer/Songwriter EDNA VAZQUEZ

Bought by KALW, KUT, Rhythm & News Service, Oregon Public Broadcasting, KWMR and more


  • Added: Apr 05, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Singer/Songwriter Crystal Bowersox, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guest Hosted by: LUKE BURBANK (Wait Wait Don't Tell Me & Too Beautiful to Live) Guests Include: MYKLE HANSEN - Author CHRIS TESO - CEO of Chirpi...

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  • Added: Mar 29, 2013
  • Length: 55:01
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Author David Shields & Guest Host Luke Burbank, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guest Hosted by: LUKE BURBANK (Wait Wait Don't Tell Me & Too Beautiful to Live) Guests include: DAVID SHIELDS - Author LINDY WEST - Humorist/Cul...

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  • Added: Mar 22, 2013
  • Length: 54:59
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Author David Shields & Guest Host Luke Burbank, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Guest Hosted by: LUKE BURBANK (Wait Wait Don't Tell Me & Too Beautiful to Live) Guests include: DAVID SHIELDS - Author LINDY WEST - Humorist/Cul...

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


  • Added: Mar 22, 2013
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Improvisational Comedian Reggie Watts, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
REGGIE WATTS - Improvisational comic/musician JESS WALTERS - Author JOSHUA JAMES - Singer/Songwriter TELEKINESIS - Seattle Indie Band

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  • Added: Mar 15, 2013
  • Length: 54:58
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Improvisational Comedian Reggie Watts, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
REGGIE WATTS - Improvisational comic/musician JESS WALTERS - Author JOSHUA JAMES - Singer/Songwriter TELEKINESIS - Seattle Indie Band

Bought by KALW, New Hampshire Public Radio, 90.5 WESA, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, Oregon Public Broadcasting and more


  • Added: Mar 15, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: British Soul Singer Michael Kiwanuka, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
SYLVIE SIMMONS - Musical Journalist/Author MICHAEL KIWANUKA - British Soul Singer STACY BOLT - Essayist/Author

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  • Added: Mar 08, 2013
  • Length: 55:02
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: British Soul Singer Michael Kiwanuka, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
SYLVIE SIMMONS - Musical Journalist/Author MICHAEL KIWANUKA - British Soul Singer STACY BOLT - Essayist/Author

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


  • Added: Mar 08, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Musician & Singer Sallie Ford, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
BRIAN LINDSTROM - Filmmaker PAMELA DRUCKERMAN - Author Musical Guests - SALLIE FORD & THE SOUND OUTSIDE

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  • Added: Mar 01, 2013
  • Length: 55:01
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Musician & Singer Sallie Ford, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Brian Lindstrom - Filmmaker Pamela Druckerman - Author Musical Guests - Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside

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


  • Added: Mar 01, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Author of Quiet, Susan Cain, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author - SUSAN CAIN Cuban Pianist - ALFREDO RODRIQUEZ Comedian - IAN KARMEL

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  • Added: Feb 22, 2013
  • Length: 55:06
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Author of Quiet, Susan Cain, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author - SUSAN CAIN Cuban Pianist - ALFREDO RODRIQUEZ Comedian - IAN KARMEL

Bought by KUT, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, Rhythm & News Service, KWMR, Oregon Public Broadcasting and more


  • Added: Feb 22, 2013
  • Length: 58:56
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Actress, Author & Singer Carrie Brownstein, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
CARRIE BROWNSTEIN - Actress, singer and author LOIS LEVEEN - Author FEDERALE - Musical guests

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Feb 14, 2013
  • Length: 54:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Actress, Author & Singer Carrie Brownstein, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
CARRIE BROWNSTEIN - Actress, singer and author LOIS LEVEEN - Author FEDERALE - Musical guests

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


  • Added: Feb 15, 2013
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Peter Ames Carlin Author of Bruce: Biography of Bruce Springsteen, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author PETER AMES CARLIN, Filmmaker CHEL WHITE and musical guest EZZA ROSE

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  • Added: Feb 07, 2013
  • Length: 54:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Peter Ames Carlin Author of Bruce: Biography of Bruce Springsteen, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
Author PETER AMES CARLIN, Filmmaker CHEL WHITE and musical guest EZZA ROSE

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


  • Added: Feb 07, 2013
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Prolific Novelist, Kurt Andersen, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire!
KURT ANDERSEN - Host, Author & Journalist MARIA SEMPLE - Author & television writer DAVID BAZAN - Singer/Songwriter

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Feb 01, 2013
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 1