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Live Wire is a one-hour radio show recorded in front of a live audience at the Aladdin Theatre in Portland, Oregon and broadcast on Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB). Live Wire features: music, scintillating conversations, sketch comedy and performances from the famous and fascinating to the unknown and unabashed.More from LiveWire! »

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"Pretty Big Deal" with Jack Ohman, Kevin Young, Andrea Swensson and The von Trapps

Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Jack Ohman talks about the most amazing moment of his career, poet Kevin Young reads from his latest collection, Minnesota Public Radio music host Andrea Swensson reminisces about the time Prince asked her to dance, and The von Trapps musically bid us adieu.Jack OhmanJack Ohman is cartoonist and fly-fishing humorist. For 29 years he was the cartoonist for The Oregonian and is currently the Editorial Cartoonist for the Sacramento Bee. He's published 10 books and won numerous awards including the 2016 Pultizer Prize for Editorial Cartooning for "cartoons that convey wry, rueful perspectives through sophisticated style that combines bold line work with subtle colors and textures."Kevin YoungKevin Young is a poet and teacher of poetry. He studied at Harvard, Stanford and holds a MFA from Brown. He's the author of eleven volumes and his latest, Blue Laws: Selected and Uncollected Poems 1995-2015, was just published. Other works include Book of Hours, Rdency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels and Jelly Roll.The von TrappsThe von Trapps (Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and August) are the great-grandchildren of Captain and Maria von Trapp, the real-life inspiration for The Sound of Music. They are also a fantastic singing group who's last album, Dream a Little Dream, was created with Pink Martini.Andrea SwenssonAndrea Swensson is a music jounalist and host of "The Local Show" on The Current FM, for MPR in the Twin Cities. Since 2005 she's covered Minnesota music and written extensively about Prince. Prior to joining MPR she was the music editor of City Pages, where she founded the AAN Alt-Weekly Award-winning Gimme Noise music blog, and edited and contributed to online music sites Reveille Magazine and HowWasTheShow.com.

"Pretty Big Deal" with Jack Ohman, Kevin Young, Andrea Swensson and The von Trapps

"Uh Oh" with Paolo Bacigalupi, Ijeoma Oluo, Sallie Tisdale and Liz Vice

Author Paolo Bacigalupi warns us about the dangers of magical thinking when it comes to the environment, Ijeoma Oluo tells us why she has hope for the future of race relations, Sallie Tisdale discusses the dangers of writing about your own family, and Liz Vice's soulful sound lifts our spirits.Paolo BacigalupiPaolo Bacigalupi is an award-winning science-fiction and fantasy author of six books. Time magazine named his debut novel, The Windup Girl, one of the best novels in 2009. His latest book, The Water Knife, narrates a dystopic American Southwest stricken by drought.Liz ViceLiz Vice is a Portland singer whose soulful debut album, There's a Light, caught the attention of NPR and The New York Times. With Gospel and R&B influences, Vice's music is joyful and smooth and pairs perfectly with a glass of wine.

"Uh Oh" with Paolo Bacigalupi, Ijeoma Oluo, Sallie Tisdale and Liz Vice

"Tight Five" with Eliza Skinner, Bri Pruett, Alex Falcone, Anthony Lopez and Ayron Jones

Four comedians share some of their best material and do battle with hecklers you'd only hear on public radio. Eliza Skinner describes the "magic intelligence" that is comedy, Alex Falcone shares the first joke he ever wrote, Bri Pruett recounts a terrible early gig at an Applebee's, and Anthony Lopez reflects on how his career path to faith healer / professional wrestler went off the rails. Plus, Ayron Jones blows us away with an acoustic song off his electrifying new album. Eliza SkinnerEliza Skinner's comedy has been featured everywhere from BBC to Chelsea Lately. Radar exclaimed, "Eliza Skinner is too hilarious to pass up...." She's currently a staff writer for The Late Late Show with James Cordon and is at every major comedy festival. She's busy, you guys. And funny. Ayron JonesAyron Jones calls his music Seattle Rock, which is a perfect combo package of punk, hip-hop, and soul. It's like "Stevie Ray Vaughan meets Nirvana." Jones has opened for blues legend Robert Cray and has also worked with Sir Mix A-Lot to produce an album.

"Tight Five" with Eliza Skinner, Bri Pruett, Alex Falcone, Anthony Lopez and Ayron Jones

"Rebel Rebel" with Paul F. Tompkins, Timothy Egan, and Patterson Hood

This week on Live Wire, Paul F. Tompkins explains the difference between a fop and a dandy, Timothy Egan tells us what the struggles of an Irish revolutionary can tell us about our current political climate, and Drive by Truckers' Patterson Hood treats us to a preview of a soon-to-be released song.Paul F. TompkinsPaul F. Tompkins may be known for being on Mr. Show with Bob and David, Real Time with Bill Maher, Best Week Ever, and Comedy Bang! Bang!, but he's now hosting his own Earwolf podcast called SPONTANEANATION and busy being the voice of a yellow lab in the animated Netflix series, BoJack Horseman. Tim EganTim Egan is an author of seven books, one of which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction (The Worst Hard Time). Egan has also contributed to the New York Times series, "How Race is Lived in America," which won a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. Patterson HoodPatterson Hood helped start country rock band Drive by Truckers and is now creating his own Southern rock. Hood is a storyteller who has also written for the New York Times about Southern culture and racism.

"Rebel Rebel" with Paul F. Tompkins, Timothy Egan, and Patterson Hood

"Just Visiting" with Tom Bodett, Betsy Hodges, Chris Coleman, and Fancy Ray

Live Wire visits the Twin Cities! Local TV pitchman Fancy Ray McCloney shows Tom Bodett how to spice up his Motel 6 ads, the mayors of St. Paul and Minneapolis (Chris Coleman and Betsy Hodges) face-off in a trivia contest to determine who is the superior mayor, and The Jayhawks share their signature sound that put Minneapolis on the musical map.Tom BodettY'know the guy who tells you that they'll leave the light on for you at Motel 6? That's Tom. But what you may not know is that Tom has also written eight books, appears regularly on Wait Wait Don't Tell Me and had a brief cameo in Pinky and the Brain. Betsy HodgesWayzata, Minnesota's own, Betsy Hodges isn't only the current mayor of Minneapolis, she's also an active member of the Minnesota Justice Foundation and Take Action Minnesota. If that wasn't impressive enough, Mayor Hodges also joined 8 other U.S. leaders in meeting Pope Francis in 2015. THAT, is cool. The Jayhawks If there is an OG of American alternative country-rock bands, it's The Jayhawks. Emerging from the Twin Cities more than 25 years ago, this highly influential quartet has released 8 studio albums, and their 9th, produced by R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, drops later this year.

"Just Visiting" with Tom Bodett, Betsy Hodges, Chris Coleman, and Fancy Ray
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