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Portland, OR

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3606 N. Mississippi Ave. Portland, OR 97227 503-548-4920


Episodes

"(Not So) Small Talk" with Chuck Klosterman, Shawn Wen, and Justin Townes Earle

9/17/2017
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Luke Burbank remembers the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption before speaking with two hikers stranded in the Eagle Creek Fire, writer Chuck Klosterman shares his theories about flawed thinking, author Shawn Wen describes the creative journey her fascination with mime Marcel Marceau has taken her on, and Justin Townes Earle talks about growing up in the shadow of musical greatness.

Duration: 00:53:23


"Making it Work" with Erik Weihenmayer, Leila Janah, Mohanad Elshieky, Walter Martin, Jason Isbell, and Amanda Shires

9/1/2017
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In this special Labor Day episode of Live Wire, blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer recalls summiting Everest and what it was like seeing his son’s face for the first time, social entrepreneur Leila Janah illuminates issues with current aid models and how conscientious consumers can change the world, comedian Mohanad Elshieky takes some punches at the American political system, and singer-songwriters Walter Martin and Jason Isbell chime in with their own labors of love.

Duration: 00:54:40


Cameron Esposito (Short)

8/27/2017
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A listen back to Cameron Esposito's 2014 appearance on Live Wire, including her attempt to update Luke's lesbian cultural references and her completely original pronunciation for "guacamole."

Duration: 00:13:41


Sherman Alexie (Short)

8/6/2017
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Another episode from our archives: Luke and writer Sherman Alexie discuss kicking Philip Roth's literary ass, thinking beyond the reservation, and the particular challenge of being jealous of your kids.

Duration: 00:15:52


"Burbank on Burbank" (Short)

7/23/2017
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This week we dig into our archives to bring you Luke's first ever appearance on Live Wire...where he reflects on a less than stellar interview from earlier in his career.

Duration: 00:13:27


"Freedom" with Amanda Knox, Justin Simien, and Shakey Graves

7/2/2017
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In this special studio episode of Live Wire, Luke Burbank explores the notion of freedom. Amanda Knox continues the difficult work of healing from the trauma of her wrongful murder conviction and four years in an Italian prison, "Dear White People" creator Justin Simien discusses the catharsis and challenges of taking a satirical look at race relations, and alt-folk musician Shakey Graves rattles us to the core with a live version of “Roll the Bones.”

Duration: 00:53:08


"Adaptation" with Ron Funches, Walter Kirn, and The Secret Sisters

6/11/2017
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Ron Funches details finding his comedic voice and what it takes to make his mother proud, author Walter Kirn reveals how even a trained journalist could fall into a serial killer’s elaborate con as an imposter Rockefeller, and The Secret Sisters delight with a harmonic folk earworm.

Duration: 00:54:16


"Above and Beyond" with Hari Kondabolu, Faith Salie, and Joe Kye

6/4/2017
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Comedian Hari Kondabolu questions the devil’s need for advocates, journalist and author Faith Salie admits that being an approval junkie is particularly challenging when releasing a book on that topic, and looping violinist Joe Kye creates a complex and beautiful soundscape.

Duration: 00:54:42


"Cut the Crap" with Stephen Tobolowsky, Ariel Levy, The Minimalists, and Haley Heynderickx

5/21/2017
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Author and prolific actor Stephen Tobolowsky takes us to the genesis of his spiritual reawakening, New Yorker writer and memoirist Ariel Levy opens up about what it’s like to keep reliving the worst year of her life, The Minimalists preach the purging gospel, and singer/songwriter Haley Heynderickx brings it home with the impromptu harmonic help of the Live Wire house band. Support Live Wire today: livewire.ejoinme.org/spring2017

Duration: 01:02:34


"Off the Beaten Path" with James Lavadour, Jim Brunberg (of Roam Schooled), June Colony, and Rodney Bonifer

5/14/2017
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Live Wire travels east to Pendleton,Oregon! Abstract painter James Lavadour recalls growing up on the Umatilla Reservation and how his energetic connection with the land transfuses into his work, Roam Schooled podcasters Jim Brunberg and his twin daughters restore the wonder of searching for answers without a wifi connection, June Colony introduces us to her new breed of sheep, and local legend Rodney Bonifer teaches Luke how to yodel before taking us out on a ballad about the Pendleton...

Duration: 00:56:32


Special Edition: Kristen Schaal from Bob's Burgers

5/7/2017
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In this special spring membership drive edition of Live Wire, we look behind the scenes at Fox’s animated TV sitcom Bob’s Burgers with actor Kristin Schaal and writer/producer Scott Jacobson. Plus original songs from the show featuring Laura Gibson and John Roderick! Support Live Wire today: livewire.ejoinme.org/spring2017

Duration: 00:25:55


"The Lowdown" with Glynn Washington, Kelly McEvers, and Bilal

4/30/2017
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NPR’s Snap Judgment host Glynn Washington shares his desire to build empathy through vulnerable storytelling, Kelly McEvers of NPR’s All Things Considered explains how her malfunctioning danger sensor has led her to a career in deep-dive journalism, Environmental Services Field Supervisor Randy Belston gives us a taste (and scent) of what it’s like to work in Portland’s sewer system, and Grammy-winning neo-soul artist Bilal finishes off this lowdown episode on a stunningly high note.

Duration: 00:54:44


"Against the Grain" with Jessi Klein, Dan Savage, Attorney General Bob Ferguson, and Ayron Jones

4/23/2017
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Savage Love columnist and the “It Gets Better Project” mastermind Dan Savage takes us on a trip down sex advice memory lane, author and “Inside Amy Schumer” head writer Jessi Klein puts forth the compelling argument that taking baths actually makes one dirtier, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson provides step-by-step instructions for how to sue your president, and alt-rocker Ayron Jones takes us out on a spine-chilling note.

Duration: 00:52:53


"Own Worst Enemy" with Dan Harmon, Lauren Weedman, Anis Mojgani, and Eric D. Johnson of Fruit Bats

4/16/2017
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“Rick and Morty” co-creator Dan Harmon talks about his creative process and the impending stalemate with his therapist, actor and playwright Lauren Weedman discusses the merits and perils of revealing personal (and often painful) stories to the world, poet Anis Mojgani leaves us hanging on every word, and Fruit Bats frontman Eric D. Johnson sings of unrequited love.

Duration: 00:53:29


"Breaking Through" with Sasheer Zamata, Ayelet Waldman, Alonzo Bodden, and Craig Finn

3/26/2017
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Saturday Night Live cast member Sasheer Zamata recalls her journey to the comedy stage, author Ayelet Waldman details her experience as an LSD microdosing case study of one, Last Comic Standing winner Alonzo Bodden tears into the American zeitgeist, and Craig Finn (of The Hold Steady) defends his Minnesotan honor before performing a new song about his home state.

Duration: 00:54:19


"Going Your Own Way" with Hannah Hart, Mara Wilson, Jim Norton, and John Craigie

3/19/2017
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My Drunk Kitchen star and author Hannah Hart details the long process of coming out to herself and her family, former child actor and memoirist Mara Wilson recalls the end of her love affair with Hollywood and making peace with forever being Matilda, Jim Norton poses a theory on why you don’t see classically beautiful comedians, and folk singer John Craigie performs an ode to some incriminating photos on his phone.

Duration: 00:52:31


"Uncharted Waters" with Matt Taibbi, Thi Bui, El Sanchez, and Hibou

3/12/2017
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Journalist Matt Taibbi recounts the years leading up to our current post-factual predicament, graphic novelist Thi Bui recalls her family's harrowing escape from South Vietnam, comedian El Sanchez deconstructs the gender binary, and musical act Hibou provides a synth-soaked nostalgia-inducing soundtrack.

Duration: 00:54:49


"Funny Feelings" with Horatio Sanz, Aparna Nancherla, and Kyle Craft

3/5/2017
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Comedian Horatio Sanz recounts his days at SNL and the roll of comedy in political journalism, comedian Aparna Nancherla teaches us how to turn anxiety into comedy gold, the owners of Portland’s cat cafe explain the benefits of purr therapy, and Kyle Craft warns of the dangers of walls.

Duration: 00:52:12


"Full Disclosure" with Elna Baker, Brooks Wheelan, Zahir Janmohamed, and Thundercat

2/26/2017
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Author Elna Baker recounts childhood memories of workshopping material at her Mormon church’s “open mic” sessions, comedian and former SNL writer Brooks Wheelan teaches us how to fast talk our way out of illegal situations, Zahir Janmohamed breaks down the peanut butter and jelly controversy that led to the naming of his podcast The Racist Sandwich, and jazz virtuoso Thundercat treats us to a scale-flipping treasure from his forthcoming release, Drunk.

Duration: 00:52:25


Bonus: A DAPL Update from Gyasi Ross

2/19/2017
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An update from author, attorney, and rapper Gyasi Ross about what's going on at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation and why he believes it's an amazing time to be alive.

Duration: 00:07:20

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