Live Wire with Luke Burbank: Studio Session
with Anya Yurchyshyn + Prom Queen (solo) + Robby Slowik + Mike Pesca
Sat, Jun 9 at 12pm
After serving as a detective for her own family’s story, Anya Yurchyshyn wrote a book that exposes a larger truth about the nature of family love. My Dead Parents started as an anonymous Tumblr blog, where Yurchyshyn posted her parents’ correspondence to try and piece together the mystery of their lives – a father who died in Ukraine in a suspicious accident, and a mother who later succumbed to alcoholism. A tale of curiosity, discovery, and the power of personal history, Yurchyshyn’s complex love letter is a treasure for readers to discover.
With a style that has been described as “lavish” “larger-than-life” and “uniquely vintage,” Seattle’s Prom Queen has created a sound that contains multitudes, combining timeless pop tropes with the modern flair of visual albums. Their newest album, Doom-Wop, comes out in the fall of 2018 – and true to their throwback nature, it will be all live instruments, live band-takes, and delivered on vinyl. Singer and songwriter Leeni Ramadan describes the band’s sound as “dreamy vintage pop,” and we want the sounds of Prom Queen to play in all of our dreams.
If you like your comedic observations served straight up with an edge, you’re really going to like comedian Robby Slowik. His razor sharp topical jokes have won him fans across the country including John Stewart, who hired him as writer for his HBO project. Slowik recently made his TV comedy debut on Conan, appears in festivals across the country like the Great American Comedy Festival, and can be seen and heard on Hulu, Seeso, Spotify, Pandora, and Sirius/XM. Biting, distinctive, and side-splittingly funny, Robby Slowik’s comedy cocktail goes down smooth.
To put it sportingly: Mike Pesca has got a full court press on the world of reporting and podcasting. As the host of the Slate podcast The Gist, he skillfully tackles the news five days a week. As a sports reporter he’s covered Superbowls, Final Fours, World Series, and the big one – The Westminster Dog Show. Pesca has two Edward R. Murrow awards, and his new book Upon Further Review flips the script on history by reimagining the effect that a play trade, injury or call could have had on the wider world of sports. Score one for Mike Pesca, because we can’t wait to read it.