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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 (Wa

Published: Mon, 10 Oct 2016 09:00:00 -0700

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"Gut Instinct" with Nicole Byer, Dr. Embriette Hyde, Terry Porter, and David Bazan

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Comedian Nicole Byer professes her deep love for her therapist, Dr. Embriette Hyde explores the mysterious workings of our guts, NBA legend Terry Porter recalls overcoming his own doubt as an athletic late bloomer, and David Bazan's music resurfaces all those feelings we were trying to forget.Nicole ByerLet's pin down Nicole Byer. She's a comedian, writer and actor. Fair enough? There's more. She is currently starring in the semiautobiographical, Loosely Exactly Nicole, on MTV. Ah, impressive. She's a regular at UCB Los Angeles. We've heard of that. And more: her screen credits include Chelsea Lately, @midnight, Adult Swim, 30 Rock, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Wait, that's sort of a lot. That's a lot, right? And yet there's one more: she's featured in a Nestle commercial that runs exclusively in Israel. We'll only stop talking about her because we're out of breath.Terry PorterNobody tell Terry Porter we’re bad at sports. As a two-time All Star for the Portland Trail Blazers, Porter has also played for the Timberwolves, the Heat, and the Spurs, coached the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns, and made literally over hundreds of points at basketball. He’s also the new and current coach for the NCAA Division I University of Portland Pilots. Porter clearly didn’t come here to mess around about basketball. We’ve been practicing our dribbles, and we think we can take him. At least as long as we keep it to a verbal interview and absolutely no basketball is involved.Dr. Embriette HydeIf we were to ask you what the American Gut project was, what would you say? A hot dog eating contest? A Fear-Factor-esque challenge of nerves? A solid roundhouse kick to the stomach? What if we told you it was the largest crowd sourced citizen science project in existence? What if we told you The American Gut Project enables participants to learn about their own body’s microbes while also contributing to the greater scientific effort to learn how the human microbiome is associated with our health as individuals and a community? What if we told you that Dr. Embriette Hyde-- Ph.D. in the study of the human microbiome, recent selection as one of Forbes magazine's 30 Under 30 in Science, avid runner-- was the Project Manager for the American Gut Project? What would your feelings be? Where would they be? We think we know your answer.David BazanDavid Bazan is a Seattle-based singer/songwriter and former lead singer of indie powerhouse Pedro the Lion. Every time he has appeared on Live Wire he pretty much kills it (in the good way) and this time should be no exception. His latest album is called, Blanco and this October he will tour Mid-West living rooms in support. If you live in Champaign and have a living room…this could be your October. You’re welcome.(image)

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"The Invisible World" with Penn Jillette, Justin Schmidt, and Ted Ramirez

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 19:00:00 -0700

Live Wire goes to Phoenix, where Luke attempts to eat the hottest pepper in the world, entomologist Justin Schmidt tells us what getting stung by thousands of insects has taught him about pain, magician Penn Jillette describes the startling benefits of eating only potatoes, and Tucson’s official troubadour Ted Ramirez sings a love song to his hometown.Penn JilletteYou might call Penn Jillette a bit of a trickster. Not only is he famous for being the tall, speaking half of the comedy magic team, Penn and Teller—performing around the world and in several high profile residencies in Las Vegas since 1975 with his silent partner, Teller—but his Showtime series, Penn & Teller: Bulls@#%!, pretended to be strictly entertaining and delighting audiences when in fact it was debunking and disarming institutions as ubiquitous as monogamy, the Bible, the Boy Scouts of America, and—we’re not kidding--numbers. In 2013 he made it to the finale of, Celebrity Apprectice, and the Magic Castle recognized him and Teller as “Magicians of the Year.” Coincidence? You decide. His latest book is, Presto!: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales, chronicling his unconventional weight loss story. He’s a disappearing act that reappears where you’d least expect to find him.Justin SchmidtNot only did Justin Schmidt win a 2015 Ig Nobel Prize (awarded for important, improbable, and downright weird scientific accomplishments), but he delivered his acceptance speech at the ceremony in rhyme. Schmidt won the Ig Nobel in Physiology and Entomology for his creation of the “Schmidt Pain Index,” a chart that scales and rates the stings of dozens of insects, all according to Schmidt’s personal experience. The index was mentioned in the film Ant Man, among other places. The New York Times calls him “an expert in physical agony,” and “a connoisseur of pain.” He’s the author of the new book Sting of the Wild, and is the research director of the Southwest Biological Institute. Basically, he’s getting stung by nature’s little baddies for the greater good of all. Come by to thank him.Ted RamirezIf you’re looking for a piece of Southwestern culture made living, look no further than Ted Ramirez, the “Official Troubadour of Tucson.” For the uninitiated: Ramirez, the direct descendent of the first Spanish families to settle Arizona, was proclaimed Phoenix’s Official Troubadour back in 2001, by the city’s mayor and council. Not authentic enough for you? Give his guitar-laden folk music a listen and tell us you don’t picture the rough-hewn plains and buttes of Arizona. TELL US YOU DON’T SEE A DANG PAINTED PALOMINO. Don’t lie, because you can’t.(image)

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"Going the Distance" with Bruce Campbell, Colin O'Brady, Shannon Balcom, and Farnell Newton & The Othership Connection

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:00:00 -0700

Bruce Campbell reflects on his status as a cult film actor, Colin O’Brady explains how it feels breaking the world record for climbing the highest peaks on each of the seven continents, Shannon Balcom discusses her gardening-related Pinterest fail, and Farnell Newton & The Othership Connection brings all the funk we can handle.Bruce CampbellIf you’re like us, you were introduced to Bruce Campbell in his recurring role as Autolycus, King of Thieves, on the show Xena Warrior Princess. But let us catch you up on what else he’s done. Once sited as the “Laurence Olivier of bad movies,” Bruce is an actor, writer, director, producer and author known for portraying Ash in the Evil Dead film series and Sam Axe on the show Burn Notice. In 2002 he published his autobiography, If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor, a New York Times Bestseller. He is currently about to unveil the second season of his hit television series, Ash vs. Evil Dead, on Starz and is touring the country with his game show, Last Fan Standing. And did we mention he was on Xena? It bears repeating.Colin O'BradyColin O’Brady is an endurance athlete. Since suffering severe burns to 22 percent of his body in 2008, and told he’d never have full motion in his legs, he’s not only learned to walk again, he’s competed in more than 50 triathlons, including Ironman competitions. On May 27th 2016, Colin became the time record holder of the Explorers Grand Slam, an adventure challenge to climb the highest mountains on each of the Seven Continents and reach the North and South Poles. We thought about doing that once, but it seemed to require too much effort.Shannon BalcomShannon Balcom is a Portland native, and spends her days working in HR. By night, if she isn't too busy watching Netflix with her chihuahua Kenny Loggins, you can find her performing funny stuff around the city. She has won Back Fence PDX: Russian Roulette four times, and not just because she makes her parents come to every show and promise to vote for her. She likes calling what she does "storytelling" because it sounds more highbrow, but if you are laughing at it, you are free to think of it as stand-up comedy.  She also is the funniest half of the hilarious new podcast about nothing, Are We Still Friends?.  Farnell Newton & The Othership ConnectionLet’s slow things down and make them a little louder, little funkier, little more at home with a trumpet in hand. Farnell Newton & the Othership Connection are Portland’s premier place to find funk, soul, jazz, and anything else you can feel through the souls of your feet. Started by Trumpeter Farnell Newton (Jill Scott/Bootsy Collins/Jarrod Lawson) The Othership Connection consists of Newton (Trumpet), Tony Ozier (Keys/Vocals), Kyle Molitor (Trombone), Agyei Ptah-Hotep Marshall (Guitar), Marquay Seamster (Bass), and Tyrone Hendrix (Drums). They’re versatile, they sound sweet as syrup, and they’re as funky as it gets. We’ll meet you at the front by the amp, but give us space to dance. (image)

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"Homecoming" with Paul F. Tompkins, Heben Nigatu, Matthew Inman, and Pete Bernhard of The Devil Makes Three

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 01:00:00 -0700

Comedian Paul F. Tompkins talks about his role on BoJack Horseman the simple joy of receiving handwritten mail, Another Round host Heben Nigatu describes how her podcast fits into the long tradition of black women talking to each other... and what she had to say to Hillary Clinton, The Oatmeal cartoonist Matthew Inman discusses accepting that he'll never be happy despite his massive success, and Pete Bernhard of The Devil Makes Three gifts us with a hauntingly beautiful Townes Van Zandt cover.Paul F. TompkinsPaul F. Tompkins is the place where style meets substance. Sure, he’s got his trendy bases covered, having been on Mr. Show with Bob and David, Real Time with Bill Maher, Best Week Ever, and Comedy Bang! Bang! You’ve heard of him, you know he’s cool. But did you know he’s now hosting his own Earwolf podcast—SPONTANEANATION—that’s entirely improvised, down to the comedy sketches and music? Did you know he provides the voice for shmarmy labrador Mr. Peanutbutter on the Netflix series Bojack Horseman? Did you know he’s the best-dressed man in show business? Oh wait, that’s style again. With Paul it can be hard to draw the line sometimes.Heben NigatuIf you want to join the likes of Ta-Nehisi Coates or Hillary Clinton on the roster for guests of acclaimed Buzzfeed podcast Another Round, co-hosted by our guest Heben Nigatu, then you’d better bring along a bottle of Buffalo Trace or Woodford Reserve. Those are the two preferred bourbons of the shows hosts, Nigatu and Tracy Clayton, and each episode is its own built-in cocktail party. Another Round, a podcast of conversation and cultural criticism, covers “everything from race, gender and pop culture to squirrels, mangoes, and bad jokes, all in one boozy show.” It’s received rave reviews in the just-over-a-year Nigatu’s been behind the mic, and was named one of the best podcasts of 2015 by Slate, The Atlantic, Vulture, Thrillist and Apple, to name a few. In her spare time, Nigatu is on the digital team for a little show called The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and spent several years as a writer for Buzzfeed. Her name, by the way, is pronounced “heaven,” because she wasn’t already cool enough.Matthew InmanA way to explain Matthew Inman’s career is to say that he draws comics. That somewhat underplays the fact that Inman’s website gets roughly 30 MILLION views per month, and that as The Oatmeal, he’s taken on such topics as daily apathy, improper semi-colon use, Donald Trump, and despair. It also doesn’t account for the fact that he’s the creator of the record-breakingly popular game Exploding Kittens, or that he’s written and published five books, three of which are The New York Times best-sellers, or that The Oatmeal has won Inman an Eisner Award, hailed as the Pulitzer Prize for comics. He’s an iconoclast, an artist, and an internet celebrity to beat the band. Lastly, it should be noted that Inman has two shih tzu’s named Beatrix and Rambo, and they are adorable.The Devil Makes ThreeMany artists seem to draw inspiration from a well of raw talent, while many more spend countless, methodical hours perfecting their craft. Pete Bernhard, frontman for acoustic punk-blues trio The Devil Makes Three has spent more than a decade earning fans the hard way - pounding the grass-roots club circuit with raucous, foot-stomping hoedowns. His fifth full-length release, Redemption & Ruin continues to flesh out his variety of influences into a one of a kind sound. What about live? The Washington Post remarked, “With string-busting rhythms charging with a garage beat and a fiddle running furious enough for a mosh pit, it’s a reminder this band grew up on rock.” Pete Bernhard clearly has that rare combination of pure talent and devoted determination. Yep, we’re in. [...]

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"Labor Day Special" with Mike Birbiglia, Joey Harrington, and musical guest Joseph

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0700

In a special Labor Day episode, comedian Mike Birbiglia chats about his latest film as well as his evolving definition of success, former NFL quarterback Joey Harrington discusses whether he’ll allow his sons to play football, and the band Joseph demonstrates how to achieve harmony between siblings. (image)

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