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Live Wire! Radio

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Live Wire is radio variety for the attention span challenged. It's music, original sketch 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 is aired on public radio stations around the country.

Some past guests have included authors Augusten Burroughs, Cheryl Strayed, Dan Savage, Sherman Alexie, Chuck Palaniuk, Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), Stephen Tobolowski, performers/comedians Marc Maron, Kristen Schaal, Reggie Watts, Mike Birbiglia, Eugene Mirman, John Hodgman, film Directors Gus Van Sant and Todd Haynes, Henry Selick, Cartoonists/Graphic novelist Lynda Barry, Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein and "wiki" creator Ward Cunningham to name a few. Oh, and yes, we've had Chuck Barris on the show. What public radio show hasn't? (Shockingly, he didn't assassinate a single person on our staff.)  

Some of our past musical guests have included Blitzen Trapper, Michael Kiwanuka, Blind Pilot, Helio Sequence, Menomena,  Jonathan Coulton, Black Prairie and The Dandy Warhols to name a few.

Pieces

Caption: Author Daniel Handler and artist Lisa Brown, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Author DANIEL HANDLER and artist LISA BROWN, comedian JAY FLEWELLING, music from THE DOUBLECLICKS.

Bought by Rhythm & News Service and KSRQ


  • Added: Jun 19, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Author Daniel Handler and artist Lisa Brown, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Author DANIEL HANDLER and artist LISA BROWN, comedian JAY FLEWELLING, music from THE DOUBLECLICKS.

Bought by WRIR, WCPN, KUT, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, Northwest Public Radio and more


  • Added: Jun 19, 2014
  • Length: 54:03
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Comedian Todd Glass, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Comedian TODD GLASS, author DANIEL H. WILSON, and music by EDJ.

Bought by WCPN, KUT, WRIR, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, KCPW and more


  • Added: Jun 12, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Comedian Todd Glass, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Comedian TODD GLASS, author DANIEL H. WILSON, and music by EDJ.

Bought by KUNV, WRIR, Rhythm & News Service, and KSRQ


  • Added: Jun 12, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Comedian Cameron Esposito, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Author DAVID KINNEY, comedian CAMERON ESPOSITO, actor JOHN KIM, and music from LEMOLO.

Bought by Rhythm & News Service, KUNV, and KSRQ


  • Added: Jun 05, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Comedian Cameron Esposito, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Author DAVID KINNEY, comedian CAMERON ESPOSITO, actor JOHN KIM, and music from LEMOLO.

Bought by WCPN, KUT, WRIR, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, Northwest Public Radio and more


  • Added: Jun 05, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Mechanical engineer/musician Christine McKinley, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Math genius JASON PADGETT, mechanical engineer/musician CHRISTINE MCKINLEY, and music by SWAN SOVEREIGN.

Bought by WCPN, WRIR, KUT, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, KSRQ and more


  • Added: May 29, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Actor David Giuntoli, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Actor DAVID GIUNTOLI, writer VENDELA VIDA and music by CUMULUS.

Bought by WCPN, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, KUT, KCPW, and Northwest Public Radio


  • Added: May 22, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Actor David Giuntoli, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Actor DAVID GIUNTOLI, writer VENDELA VIDA and music by CUMULUS.

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


  • Added: May 22, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Comedian Nathan Fielder, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Comedians NATHAN FIELDER and ANDY HAYNES, authors JOEL WARNER & PETER MCGRAW, and music from HOLIDAY FRIENDS.

Bought by WCPN, KUT, WRIR, Northwest Public Radio, KCPW and more


  • Added: May 15, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Comedian Nathan Fielder, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Comedians NATHAN FIELDER and ANDY HAYNES, authors JOEL WARNER & PETER MCGRAW, and music from HOLIDAY FRIENDS.

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


  • Added: May 15, 2014
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Actress Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings, and music from Ages and Ages.

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


  • Added: May 08, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Actress Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings, and music from Ages and Ages.

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


  • Added: May 08, 2014
  • Length: 53:57
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Scott McCaughey of The Minus 5, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Author BARBARA EHRENREICH, author JASON PORTER, and music from THE MINUS 5.

Bought by WCPN, KUT, WRIR, KUOW, Northwest Public Radio and more


  • Added: May 01, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Scott McCaughey of The Minus 5, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Author BARBARA EHRENREICH, author JASON PORTER, and music from THE MINUS 5.

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


  • Added: May 01, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Actor Wil Wheaton, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Actor WIL WHEATON, poet KEVIN YOUNG, and music by BLACK PRAIRIE.

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


  • Added: Apr 24, 2014
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Actor Wil Wheaton, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Actor WIL WHEATON, poet KEVIN YOUNG, and music by BLACK PRAIRIE.

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


  • Added: Apr 24, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Author Po Bronson, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Author PO BRONSON, musical trio T SISTERS, music by AYRON JONES AND THE WAY.

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


  • Added: Apr 17, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Author Po Bronson, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Author PO BRONSON, musical trio T SISTERS, music by AYRON JONES AND THE WAY.

Bought by WCPN, KUT, WRIR, Northwest Public Radio, KCPW and more


  • Added: Apr 17, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: David Giuntoli, Credit: Jennie Baker for Live Wire Radio
Actor DAVID GIUNTOLI, writer VENDELA VIDA and music by CUMULUS.

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


  • Added: Apr 10, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5