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Like late-night for radio, hosted by Luke Burbank (Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me), the show artfully blends an eclectic mix of artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers, comedians and cultural observers. Music, comedy, and conversation, live and packed with surprises.

Live Wire with Luke Burbank PRX

    • Arts
    • 4.5 • 240 Ratings

Like late-night for radio, hosted by Luke Burbank (Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me), the show artfully blends an eclectic mix of artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers, comedians and cultural observers. Music, comedy, and conversation, live and packed with surprises.

    Anna Sale, Elissa Washuta, and Juliana Hatfield

    Anna Sale, Elissa Washuta, and Juliana Hatfield

    Host Luke Burbank and announcer Elena Passarello celebrate the trivial things we spend too much time debating; podcaster Anna Sale reveals how she gets to the heart of the matter in her podcast Death, Sex & Money and in her new book “Let's Talk About Hard Things;” writer Elissa Washuta explains how magic and witchcraft helped her get sober, as detailed in her collection of essays “White Magic;” and indie rock icon Juliana Hatfield performs "Mouthful of Blood" from her new album “Blood.”

    Barry Sonnenfeld, Saeed Jones, Laurie Kilmartin, and Alela Diane

    Barry Sonnenfeld, Saeed Jones, Laurie Kilmartin, and Alela Diane

    Host Luke Burbank and announcer Elena Passarello celebrate Mother's Day by sharing some favorite fictional moms submitted by listeners; award-winning writer Saeed Jones (“How We Fight for Our Lives”) talks about coming out to his mother; comedian Laurie Kilmartin delivers an outrageous set about single motherhood; filmmaker Barry Sonnenfeld chats about his complicated relationship with his mom, which he details in his memoir “Barry Sonnenfeld, Call Your Mother;” and singer-songwriter Alela Diance performs "Albatross" from her album “Cusp,” which explores her experience around becoming a parent.

    Michelle Zauner, Laci Mosley, and Kishi Bashi

    Michelle Zauner, Laci Mosley, and Kishi Bashi

    Host Luke Burbank and announcer Elena Passarello get nostalgic about childhood foods; comedian and podcaster Laci Mosley (“A Black Lady Sketch Show,” Scam Goddess ) lends her expertise to real-life "sketchy" situations; musician Michelle Zauner, a.k.a. Japanese Breakfast, discusses her memoir “Crying in H Mart,” in which she reconnects with her late mother and their Korean heritage through a love of food; and multi-instrumentalist Kishi Bashi performs "Wait for Springtime" from his new EP “Emigrant.”

    • 52 min
    Cameron Esposito, Ross Gay, and The Lone Bellow

    Cameron Esposito, Ross Gay, and The Lone Bellow

    Host Luke Burbank and announcer Elena Passarello relish in delightful things; comedian Cameron Esposito unpacks the ups and downs of making Zoom her comedy stage; poet Ross Gay ponders his fascination with themes of joy and gratitude, while chatting about his essay collection “The Book of Delights;” and indie folk trio The Lone Bellow share a song they wrote collaboratively while social distancing.

    • 52 min
    Quiara Alegría Hudes, Lauren Hough, and Black Violin

    Quiara Alegría Hudes, Lauren Hough, and Black Violin

    Host Luke Burbank and announcer Elena Passarello consider some dream careers; playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes explains her love of the human voice and how eavesdropping has inspired her writing; essayist Lauren Hough recounts the various hats she's worn — including airman, cable installer, and cult member; and instrumental duo Black Violin ponder the balance they strike between hip hop and classical music.

    • 56 min
    Roger Reeves, Franny Choi, and Derrick Brown with The Helio Sequence

    Roger Reeves, Franny Choi, and Derrick Brown with The Helio Sequence

    To celebrate National Poetry Month, host Luke Burbank and announcer Elena Passarello share listener-penned haikus and invite three poets to the House Party; Roger Reeves tells us why poetry is the harbinger of the future; Franny Choi discusses how she incorporated Google Translate and the Turing Test into her latest collection “Soft Science;” and Derrick C. Brown teams up with indie band The Helio Sequence for a rhythmically-moving poetry performance.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
240 Ratings

240 Ratings

SF-Ten ,

Each week!

Each week I put in live wire when I need jovial, kind, thoughtful, creativity in my day! Love the show!

TheTacoBelle ,

One of the few I listen to every week!

Fantastic hosts, witty and smart and I love Elena’s warmth and wonderful weirdness, and I learn so much from guests I’d never have encountered otherwise. One of my favorite shows!

mdbiddle ,

I love Live Wire

Live Wire is extremely entertaining. Guest interviews are enlightening and funny, the music is fresh, the stand-ups are hilarious, the co-host banter is both warm and witty.

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