Live Wire

Elena Passarello and Luke Burbank

Live Wire Radio is a public radio program that artfully blends unpredictable conversation, live music, and original comedy. The show calls itself "late night for radio," and it welcomes guests of all kinds of cultural talent and creative minds. Hosted by Luke Burbank ("Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me"), Live Wire episodes are recorded in front of a live audience and then broadcast nationwide to over 300,000 listeners. You can hear Live Wire every Saturday on both KLCC and OPB.

On April 26, Live Wire will record an exciting episode at OSU's all-new PRAx center. the lineup includes writer Hanif Abdurraqib, winner of a MacArthur "Genius" Grant. Abdurraqib's latest book on home and basketball, There's Always This Year, debuted at #7 on the New York Times Best Sellers List.

Elena Passarello, an associate professor in the School of Writing, Literature and Film, is the announcer for Live Wire. She says she's thrilled to welcome both the radio program and Abdurraqib to PRAx. "It's a true honor to host Hanif here in Corvallis," she says, "I read his new book in a single sitting, and listening to him read from his work and discuss his writing is such an incredible opportunity for our students, who can purchase $5 student tickets at the door or through PRAx's website."

In addition to an interview with Abdurraqib, the show will feature musical sets from singer-songwriter Brittany Davis and the band Y La Bamba, plus a set stand-up set from Jon, the comedy robot designed by Dr. Naomi Fitter, assistant professor in the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering.


The show is at 7pm on Friday, April 26 at PRAx
General Admission: $35-$45
Students: $5

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