Live Wire! Radio
About This Show
Live Wire is radio variety for the attention span challenged. It's music from up-and-coming bands, original comedy, performance 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.
Most Recent Episode
"Seriously Funny" with Phoebe Robinson, Bill Oakley, Dr. Brian Druker, and Blind Pilot
1 day ago
Comedian Phoebe Robinson discusses the unexpected value of Googling herself and other not-so-guilty pleasures, former Simpsons writer Bill Oakley describes the dark reality of a comedy writers' room, Dr. Brian Druker shares why he is hopeful about the future of cancer research, and Blind Pilot navigates us through a lush musical landscape.Phoebe RobinsonPhoebe Robinson has got some explaining to do. You may recently have seen her on Last Comic Standing, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Comedy Central’s Broad City and @midnight, or in the writing credits of MTV’s Girl Code. That’s pretty good coverage. She gets a lot of air time for knowing a lot of things, all the time. But did you know she’s also written for Glamour, The New York Times, bitch magazine, Vanity Fair, and that her blog, Blaria (Black Daria) has been picked up by the Huffington Post? So that’s TV and print. Oh right, she is currently hosting not one but two podcasts, both produced by WNYC Studios’: 2 Dope Queens (with Jessica Williams), and Sooo Many White Guys—a podcast about anything but, AND she’s got a book out, You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have To Explain. It seems she’s got a thing or two to say about a thing or two.Bill OakleyBill Oakley is a writer and producer. Simple as that. Plain and uninteresting. Yet we’ll say more. He’s best known for his years as writer and show runner on The Simpsons. Big whoop. He happens to have written many classic episodes, including, “Who Shot Mr. Burns.” His other television credits (boooooring) include Mission Hill (which he co-created with Josh Weinstein) The Cleveland Show and Futurama (whose doesn’t). He was a writer and Co-Executive Producer on Portlandia, for which he shared a Writers Guild of America Award. Wait, actually that’s pretty cool. Like, very cool. Tell us more about this guy?Blind PilotBlind Pilot is a band from Oregon. This is not just to say that they got their start in Portland and are now based in Astoria. It’s more to say that they're truly of Oregon. The sound of their music—sweeping strings and melancholic horns, joyful lyrics and rollicking drum licks—is doug firs. They sound like northwest coyotes in the mist. They sound like a happy kind of plaid. The band added four touring members in February 2009, and have since appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman. Their music has been heard on the television shows Chuck, One Tree Hill, Californication and Private Practi