Live Wire! Radio

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Live Wire artfully blends unpredictable conversation, live music, and original comedy from all types of cultural talent and creative minds, from emerging artists to established acts. Hosted by Luke Burbank (Wait Wait... Don't Tell MeCBS Sunday Morning), the show is taped in front of a live audience in Portland, Oregon and reaches over 300,000 listeners via 150 public radio stations across the country (including WBEZ in Chicago, WAMU in DC, KUOW in Seattle, KJZZ in Phoenix, Minnesota Public Radio, and more).

Past guests include writers and authors such as George Saunders, Cheryl Strayed, Hanif Abdurraqib, Lindy West, Chuck Klosterman, Salman Rushdie, and Gary Shteyngart; performers and comedians John Hodgman, Paul F. Tompkins, Abbi Jacobson, Michael Ian Black, Jackie Kashian, Naomi Ekperigin, Ian Karmel, Phoebe Robinson, Andy Kindler, and Reggie Watts; and film directors Gus Van Sant, Todd Haynes, Lynn Shelton, and Chapman & Maclain Way (Wild Wild Country). Past musical guests include Helio Sequence, The Dandy Warhols, Meklit, Laura Gibson, Open Mike Eagle, Pink Martini, Jonathan Coulton, and Bilal, to name a few.


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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


Caption: W. Kamau Bell on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode explores "other worlds" with comedian and television host W. Kamau Bell, author Karen Russell, and musician Kishi Bashi.

  • Added: Jul 16, 2019
  • Length: :00
Caption: Eileen Myles on Live Wire , Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode celebrates "All-Stars" with author Luis Alberto Urrea, poet Eileen Myles, and internet sensation Moshow The Cat Rapper

  • Added: Jun 28, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Paul F. Tompkins on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode unpacks "finding your voice" with comedian Paul F. Tompkins and activist Anuradha Bhagwati, plus music from Patterson Hood.

  • Added: Jun 27, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Eula Scott Bynoe & Jeannie Yandel on Live Wire, Credit: Meryl Schenker
This episode celebrates "wild cards" with podcasters Eula Scott Bynoe & Jeannie Yandel, comedian Kurt Braunohler, and Mongol derby winner Lara Prio...

  • Added: Jun 19, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Ian Karmel on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode talks "living the dream" with comedian Ian Karmel, radio host Al Letson, and satirist Caitlin Kunkel, with music from Laura Gibson

  • Added: Jun 17, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Dan Savage on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode talks "the morning after" with sex and relationship columnist Dan Savage, author and journalist Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall, and comedy d...

  • Added: Jun 11, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Michael Ian Black on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode discusses "getting to the point" with actor and comedian Michael Ian Black, writer Melissa Febos, Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, and...

  • Added: Jun 05, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: John Hodgman on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode considers the "hand-me-down" with author and humorist John Hodgman, writer RJ Young, and founder of She Shreds magazine Fabi Reyna, wi...

  • Added: May 28, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Ryan O'Connell on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode examines the "figure of speech" with grammar expert Mary Norris of The New Yorker, actor and television writer Ryan O'Connell, and com...

  • Added: May 21, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Lauren Groff on Live Wire, Credit: Jennie Baker
This episode unpacks "character building" with celebrated author Lauren Groff, writer Tommy Orange, comedian Caitlin Weierhauser, and singer-songwr...

  • Added: May 14, 2019
  • Length: 58:59