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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! »

Most Recent Episodes

"The Art and Science of Being a Lady" with Megan Amram, Joanna Lynne Ponce and Alialujah Choir

In a show all about the art and science of being a lady, Luke plays "Marry, Boff, Klll: Scientist Edition" with Science: For Her! writer Megan Amram and talks to trans activist Joanna Lynne Ponce about seeing both sides of the gender equation, all while the Alialujah Choir lays down some boss harmonies.Megan AmramComedian, writer and Portland native Megan Amram gained fame in 2010 via the unique brand of absurdisms, one liners and dark wit on her Twitter feed. She's currently channeling that humor on television as a staff writer for Parks and Recreation and in her first book, Science: For Her!Jonna Lynne PonceAfter living as a man for over 50 years, Joanna transitioned from male to female in 2003, and is now an educator and advocate for the transgender community.Alialujah ChoirMade up of members of some of the Northwest's most notable bands (Weinland, Norfolk & Western and M. Ward), the Alialujah Choir's music features sparse arrangements and gorgeous two, three and four-part harmonies that will haunt your dreams, but not in a Freddie Krueger sense. Way better than that.

"The Art and Science of Being a Lady" with Megan Amram, Joanna Lynne Ponce and Alialujah Choir

"Square Pegs" with Dan Harmon, Jackie Kashian and Eyelids

Luke quits Facebook and darkness falls, Community creator Dan Harmon opens up about booze and NBC, comic Jackie Kashian explains why Native Americans may not be over the whole "stealing their country" thing and indie superband Eyelids rocks it.Dan HarmonDan Harmon is the creator/writer/producer of Community, originally an NBC comedy (now on Yahoo) that expanded the boundaries of sitcoms and just how meta one show could go. You can hear what happens inside his brain on his weekly podcast Harmontown.Jackie KashianJackie claims her comedy is "like listening to a really racy episode of All Things Considered," which is also how we describe Live Wire, so this should go really well. She hosts The Dork Forest podcast, recently appeared on Conan and has a new standup special called This Would Make an Excellent Horcrux.EyelidsIs Eyelids a supergroup? Well, the band is made up of current and former members of some pretty fantastic indie bands like The Decemberists, Minus 5 and Guided by Voices, and their first LP 854 sounds pretty super, so we're going to go with "yes."

"Square Pegs" with Dan Harmon, Jackie Kashian and Eyelids

"The Sky's The Limit" with Gregory Gourdet & Doug Adams, Sara Seager and Loch Lomond

Top Chef Boston finalists Gregory Gourdet and Doug Adams judge the first-ever Live Wire Bottom Chef competition, astrophysicist Sara Seager fills us in on the heated discussions behind naming planets, and Loch Lomond fill the hall with beautiful harmonies.Gregory Gourdet & Doug AdamsThis season's Top Chef: Boston should've been titled "Top Chef: Boston, brought to you by Portland, Oregon," with two of the final three chefs hailing from Portland. Gourdet, first runner-up, is the Executive Chef at Departure and an ultra marathon runner. Adams was second runner-up and works as Chef du Cuisine at Imperial.Sara SeagerProfessor Seager is an astrophysicist and a pioneer in the field of exoplanets, or planets that orbit stars that aren't the sun. Dubbed an "astronomical Indiana Jones," her current quest is the holy grail of astrophysics, a true Earth twin.Loch LomondPortland's Loch Lomond has been through many iterations, but it's always been anchored by the haunting vocals of singer/multi-instrumentalist Richie Young. Listening to this sextet's latest album, Dresses, will make you think you have a tiny baroque orchestra with a pop bent in your living room. You don't.

"The Sky's The Limit" with Gregory Gourdet & Doug Adams, Sara Seager and Loch Lomond

"Known Unknowns" with Nicholas Kristof, Mike Pesca and Bill Frisell

In an episode all about the unknown, The Gist's Mike Pesca tells Luke how to take the perfect nap, we go to great lengths to discover what scares "The Indiana Jones of Journalism" Nicholas Kristof (spoiled milk is on the list) and jazz great Bill Frisell plays a haunting version of "In My Life."Nicholas KristofNicholas Kristof is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and your favorite New York Times op-ed columnist (don't argue with us - he just is). His most recent book, the second he's written with his wife Sheryl WuDunn is called A Path Appears: Transforming Lives and Creating Opportunities.Mike PescaMike Pesca is a professional smart guy. You've heard him on shows like On the Media, Talk of the Nation and Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!. He's currently being hella smart as the host of Slate's Daily Podcast The Gist.Bill FrisellBill Frisell has been one of the leading guitarists in jazz since the late 1980s. He has released 38 albums including the 2005 Grammy Award-winning Unspeakable. His latest album Guitar in the Space Age is available October 7th.

"Known Unknowns" with Nicholas Kristof, Mike Pesca and Bill Frisell

"Hindsight" with Sebastian Junger, Natasha Leggero, Moshe Kasher, Claire Mulaney, and La Luz

Author Sebastian Junger examines what soldiers readjusting to life at home can tell us about the flaws of modern society, comedians Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher discuss the traditions they invoked (and invented) for their Jewish wedding, comic Claire Mulaney provides a cautionary tale for mixing pot cake with bowling, and La Luz's "surf noir" sweeps us away.Sebastian Junger Sebastian Junger is the New York Times bestselling author of War, The Perfect Storm, and A Death in Belmont. Together with Tim Hetherington, he directed the documentary Restrepo, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. He is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and has been awarded a National Magazine Award and the SAIS Novartis Prize for journalism. Claire MulaneyClaire Mulaney is a comedian and writer from Chicago. She is a Yale alum who performed with the school's longest running improv team, The Yale Exit Players, and recently spent two years as a writer on a little show you may have heard of, Saturday Night Live. Yes, THAT Saturday Night Live. La Luz La Luz is a four piece, surf rock band formed in Seattle, now residing in Los Angeles, who combine lush, layered vocal harmonies and reverb-drenched guitars to form their signature sound, "Surf Noir." Their two full-length albums, It's Alive and Weirdo Shrine, were met with acclaim. Also, they're really cool.

"Hindsight" with Sebastian Junger, Natasha Leggero, Moshe Kasher, Claire Mulaney, and La Luz

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