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Episode 179 with author Susan Orlean, musician and essayist John Roderick, The Portland Cello Project and all our sketches 'n such is ready for you to download in its entirety. Or you can watch/listen to clips from the episode using the player or with the links below. 

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Susan Orlean

John Roderick "Clouds"

John Roderick "Advice to Aspiring Musicians"

SKETCHES + Live Wire Originals

Morgan Freeman

Sci Fi Brothel

Rin Tin Tin

"Passion Lost and Found" Essay by Courtenay Hameister

What I Learned Tonight, by Scott Poole

Flash Fiction: Life as a Movie

MUSIC by The Portland Cello Project

Song 1

Song 2

by Trent Finlay on April 11, 2012 - 12:12pm.

Episode 178 with James Curleigh (CEO of KEEN Footwear), comedian Ron Funches, music by Thomas Lauderdale with Kathleen Saadat, and all our sketches 'n such is ready for you to download in its entirety. You can find individual audio and video clips below or watch the playlist on YouTube

/ / / / INTERVIEWS / / / /

James Curleigh

Ron Funches

Thomas Lauderdale and Kathleen Saadat


"The Menu"

"Nightmare Phone"

"Obama and Curleigh"

"The Acorn Falls Far From The Tree"

"When Stories Lose Weight" Essay by Courtenay Hameister

What I Learned Tonight, by Scott Poole

/ / / /  MUSIC by Thomas Lauderdale and Kathleen Saadat / / / /


"Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye"

by Trent Finlay on March 28, 2012 - 6:24pm.

Want to find that particular sketch that made you laugh so hard you almost peed your pants? 

Use the player to watch/listen all the clips randomly or find individual clips below. Or you could just download the podcast directly. Choose your poison. 


Arianne Cohen

Joshua Foer

The Parson Red Heads



"Action Traffic Court"

"Penthouse Forum"

Essay #177 by Courtenay Hameister

What I Learned Tonight, by Scott Poole

Flash Fiction: A Memory I'd Rather Forget


MUSIC by The Parson Red Heads

"Seven Years Ago"

"Long Way Back"

by Trent Finlay on March 22, 2012 - 1:30pm.

Burgerville and Work for Art (a program of the RACC) are tremendous supporters of Live Wire. Did you know that our stage is constructed entirely out of delicious thick-sliced pepper-bacon? Well it's not, but it could be some day, scientific advances permitting.

Anyway, here's where you come in: on March 8th, you need to get yourself to the nearest Burgerville and eat something. Or many things. Pay for them with money. Then some of that money goes to us, and we can do the things you like. You get milkshakes, we get arts funding.

It's a win-win! With milkshakes!

by Trent Finlay on March 7, 2012 - 2:29pm.

Yesterday we ran a Twitter contest based on last week's Flash Fiction prompt, "My Comic Book Adventure" (tailored for Twitter as #SuperheroSixWordStory). The results are in!

It was really hard to choose just one winner. But we did. Here is the winning tweet by @FuriousDShow, followed by five of our absolute favoritest runners up:








by Trent Finlay on March 2, 2012 - 10:14am.

Enjoy these sketches from episode 174. 

You might want to keep them forever. Good thing you can download the podcast, eh?.

Minute with Mitt

Dictators Part 2

Puppy Bowl

Romance Lost and Found

by Trent Finlay on March 1, 2012 - 10:59am.


At each of our live tapings, we ask our lovely audience to write a story in six words or less based on a theme related to our guests. We call this FLASH FICTION.

The prompt for our taping of episode 175 with comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis was "My Comic Book Adventure". Here are some of our favoritest entries submitted by our spunky and well-dressed audience that didn't make it on air. (There's only so much air!)

Superman kilt, Catwoman aroused, Underoos optional.
- Mike The Canuck

Ordered Sea Monkeys - What a gyp!
- Clayton K.

Parents murdered: live wire, bathtub. Avenge!
- Ed G.

Sometimes it feels like the future.
- Matt H.

Frail child touched live wire = super powers!
- Sara G.

Tights run faster than criminals.
- Evan W.

Kapow was the last sound heard.
- Rylee O.

Wherefore art thou, my Ritchie Rich?
- Kelly N.

Can fly but scared of heights.
- Leora S.

Cape, torn. Run in Tights. Failure.
- Amy H.

Marmaduke. Snoopy. Don't Ask. Don't tell.
- Bob S.

Woman never washed underoos. Wonder why?
- Chelsea

Dave's Bread? I'm a wonder woman.
- AJ

Why can't you just say vanquished?
- Ian F.

Aren't they called graphic novels now?
- Kelly A.

My cape is at the dry cleaners.
- Stacy F.

If all else fails, wear spandex.
- Jenna R.

Superman, go reflect on your faults.
- Anonymous

Wished I was Veronica. Alas, Betty.
- Stephanie S.

Betty and Veronica wed in Washington.
- Toni H.

Mom's Mission Impossible: Find daughter a husband.
- Gail R.

Wanted X-Ray vision, got cheap glasses.
- Mathew B.

I dropped my towel, Lookout, Flash!
- Cathy D.

Too poor to be a villain.
- Dylan D.

Dammit Alfred! Wrong belt!
- Oonie C.

To infinity and the closest bathroom!
- Sage

Super PAC Man needs more money!
- Geoff

Seven silly superheroes sipping small, salty, smoothies.
- Jamie H.

Casper got too friendly with me.
- Leslie D.

Cap'n Live Wire shall avenge us all.
- Dian C.

Radio audience haiku is my super power.
- Laurie W.

You can play too! Submit YOUR own six word "Comic Book Adventure" in the comments below to enter to win tickets to our March 3rd taping at the Alberta Rose Theater.
(This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.)

by Trent Finlay on February 28, 2012 - 6:08pm.

We recently hosted a contest asking folks to post the title of a children's book if it were written by author and past Live Wire guest, Chuck Palahniuk, using the hashtag #palahniukchildrensbook on Twitter. The winner receives a pair of tickets to our sold out season premiere on February 18th at the Alberta Rose Theater.

February 18th guest Ian Karmel came in with two of our absolute favorites based on well-known children's books:
@IanKarmel: Are You There God? It's me, an extended metaphor for the loss of masculine identity.
@IanKarmel: Chuck and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Swimming Pool Pump.
But Ian will already be at the show, so we have to give the prize to the person we thought made the most creative use of language:
@SortaUltra - I am Jack's Beanstalk
Congratulations, @SortaUltra!
Here are some runners up:
Chuck Palahniuk himself entered by proxy of author (and fellow past Live Wire guest) @ChelseaCain with: Chitty Chitty Gang Bang (it's a pop-up book)
@PDXfictproject - Green Eggs and Bitch Tits
@Sek_C_Jerry - Mommy; What's underneath fingernails? 
@JoeStreckert - Harold and the Purple Bruise That He Got At Fight Club
@Crutnacker - The Cat In The Pool Drain
@RadioFripp - One fish Two fish Red fish F*CK YOU
@ChelseaCain - A is for AutoErotic Asphyxiation
@JenBakerPhoto - One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Black Out
@JenBakerPhoto - Horton Hits His Head
@roykaufmann - Curious George and Fugitives and Refugees
@toddwitter - The Velveteen Pygmy
@taradublinrocks - Knuckle Bunny 
@jessehawken - The Babysitter's Fight Club 
@taradublinrocks - Choking the Lorax
@taradublinrocks -  Go the F*ck To Sleep, But Watch Me F*ck This Guy Up First
@Go2Heck - Heck: Where the Damned Kids Go
@toddwitter - The Going To Fight Club Book
@toddwitter - Snuff You Forever
@Sek_C_Jerry - Why we don't eat ponies
@JoeStreckert - Choke the Bunny
@JoeStreckert - The Invisible Monster At the End of This Book
@Sek_C_Jerry - What would my body look like without bones?
@RadioFripp - The Very Sexually Hungry Caterpillar
@RadioFripp - Chicka Chicka Boom Boom I'M PREGNANT!
@cynumber9 - Green Eggs an Crack
@PdxCelloProject - Tyler Durden and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
@Nikkimay - Invisible Monsters Under Your Bed
@Trent_Finlay - Cloudy with a Chance of Survivors
@Trent_Finlay - The Invisible Monster in the Hat
@Trent_Finlay - The True Story of Three Little Pygmies
@Trent_Finlay - Fight Club Caps for Sale
@Trent_Finlay - The Tale of Peter Rabbit Choking
@Trent_Finlay - The Little Engine That Could Fight Club
@Trent_Finlay - Blueberries for Tyler
@Trent_Finlay - A Sick Day for Tyler Durden
Michael P: Go the F*ck to Fight Club
Jerome W - What happens to my gummie worms after I eat them?
Stephanie S - Where the Wild Things Really Are
Sarah M - Oh, The Places You'll Stick in a Pool Drain
Karen S - Goodnight Goon. 
Karen S - Giant Louse in the Dairy.
Karen S - Charlotte's Bed.
Karen S - The Giving Pee
Karen S - Schmuck Everlasting
by Trent Finlay on February 15, 2012 - 8:00pm.

Last week, Portlanders everywhere were shocked and amazed to find our very own AgesandAges included on President Obama's 2012 campaign playlist with their song, "No Nostalgia". Perhaps no one was more surprised than AgesandAges frontman Tim Perry, who posted this on his Facebook profile:

"Not so long ago, I sat on the foot of my bed and started writing this song, called "No Nostalgia." Then AgesandAges came along and we recorded it. I woke up this morning to the news that it's one of 29 songs on President Obama's playlist, according to the Wall Street Journal. Surreal doesn't begin to describe."

AgesandAges was one of our favorite musical guests last year. You, too, can partake in the enjoyment of AgesandAges on Live Wire by downloading Episode 148 and listening to their live performance of "No Nostalgia" below.

You may or may not recognize a few of the other artists on Obama's playlist:
(Special thanks to Oregon Music News for writing these all out. Our frail digits owe you an adult beverage!) 

“Different People” – No Doubt
“Got to Get You Into My Life” – Earth, Wind & Fire
“Green Onions” – Booker T & The MG’s
“I Got You” – Wilco
“Keep on Pushing” – The Impressions
“Keep Reachin’ Up” – Nicole Willis & the Soul Investigators
“Love You I Do?” – Jennifer Hudson
“No Nostalgia” – AgesAndAges
“Raise Up” – Ledisi
“Stand Up” – Sugarland
“This” – Darius Rucker
“We Used To Wait” – Arcade Fire
“You’ve Got the Love” – Florence and the Machine
“Your Smiling Face” – James Taylor
“Roll with the Changes” – REO Speedwagon
“Everyday America” – Sugarland
“Learn to Live” – Darius Rucker
“Let’s Stay Together” – Al Green
“Mr. Blue Sky” – Electric Light Orchestra
“My Town” – Montgomery Gentry
“The Best Thing about Me Is You” – Ricky Martin, featuring Joss Stone
“You are the Best Thing” – Ray Lamontagne
“Keep Marchin’” – Raphael Saadiq
“Tonight’s The Kind of Night” – Noah and the Whale
“We Take Care of Our Own” – Bruce Springsteen
“Keep Me In Mind” – Zac Brown Band
“The Weight” – Aretha Franklin
“Even Better Than The Real Thing” – U2
“Home” – Dierks Bentley 

Read more about AgesandAges and the Obama campaign playlist through the Wall Street JournalRolling StonePortland MercuryIFCOregon Music NewsPortland Monthly and Penguin Teen.

by Trent Finlay on February 11, 2012 - 5:02pm.

If author Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club, Choke, Damned) were to re-write a popular children's book, what would it be called?  The author of the funniest mash-up will be the lucky winner of a pair of tickets to the February 18th season premiere of Live Wire with Ian Karmel, Blitzen Trapper, Hey Marseilles and more!

TO ENTER: Submit your idea on Twitter using the hashtag #PalahniukChildrensBooks and/or in the comments of this post. 

For inspiration, listen to Mr. Palahniuk's Live Wire episode on OPB Saturday Feb 4th at 7pm, download the podcast (Episode 160) or watch a video of his interview.  For a list of Chuck Palahniuk books, click here.

Here are three ideas you cannot use because we already made them up:

Pat the Bunny Before We Cook Him for Dinner

Where the Wild Things Eviscerate You

Toddler Fight Club





by Trent Finlay on January 26, 2012 - 2:58pm.

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