The Moth Radio Hour

Sundays, 6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

The Moth Radio Hour is a weekly series featuring true stories told live on stage without scripts, notes, props, or accompaniment. Each Moth Radio Hour mixes humorous, heartbreaking, and poignant tales that captivate, surprise, and delight audiences with their honesty, bravery and humor. Brought to you by PRX and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

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  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017 10:04am
    Nathan Englander’s knack for photography lands him in a tricky situation while traveling abroad. Storyteller: Nathan Englander
  • Tuesday, September 12, 2017 1:56pm
    A man conquers a nightmare in memory of his brother. Storyteller: Jim Giaccone
  • Tuesday, September 5, 2017 10:45am
    Three stories about times we come across guns in our lives. An aspiring writer tries to land a job with Hunter S. Thompson; a dental student travels to a dangerous Colombian town to finish her residency; and a music artist comes face to face with military police. Hosted by The Moth’s Senior Producer, Meg Bowles. […]
  • Tuesday, August 29, 2017 3:23pm
    Nate Charles deals with his distant-sounding father, and Adam Gopnik battles liberal guilt with his son in a sauna. Storytellers: Nate Charles & Adam Gopnik
  • Tuesday, August 22, 2017 8:33am
    A woman finds motivation through the hardships of Jim Crow in Mississippi. To view photos or to read more from this episode, visit TheMoth.org Storyteller: Barbara Collins Bowie Host: CJ Hunt

Finding Your Calling

Sep 18, 2017
Photo by Jason Falchook

David Litt sings for the love of country and his job.

Carl Bernstein tries to not mess up on his first day of work at a newspaper.

Nick Baskerville gets in over his head at his first big job as a firefighter.

Vivian Huang comes face to face with her family history while treating a patient in Syria.

Cancer, Crime, and Crypts

Sep 6, 2017
Sarah Stacke

Martha Manning is filled with sorrow when cancer revisits her patient.
  Piper Kerman must serve 13 months in a women’s federal prison for a crime she committed almost a decade before.
  Chris Tombline is a young undertaker who wishes he’d taken some more psych courses.   When offensive or FCC-prohibited words appear, they are bleeped and listed in the Content Advisory. Sensitive content will be given an on-air caution and will be noted here in the description.   

The Moth Fall Fundraising Special 2017

Sep 5, 2017

Jen Lee tries to save souls and sell beauty in Target.

Tim Manley credits his mother and his imagination for keeping his spirits high while hospitalized.

Norah McLoughlin walks the Camino De Santiago.

Jonathan Ames recounts his most epic duel in college.

Camp, Cars, Cockroaches, and the Kremlin

Aug 30, 2017
Jason Falchook

Meg Wolitzer realizes she might not become the actor she's dreamed of being, but finds the freedom of self-acceptance.
Adam Gopnik and his wife move to a tiny New York City apartment and try to 'live poetically.'
Matthew Dicks tries to hide the fact that he's living out of his car after losing his job.
Andrew Solomon goes to Russia to visit artists and ends up with a front row seat to Russian democracy.

Under The Gun

Aug 27, 2017

Cheryl Della Pietra gets acquainted with gun-toting Hunter S. Thompson.

Martha Ruiz Perilla is asked to save a life or lose her own.

Boots Riley is trying to get home, but runs into problems on a naval base in San Francisco.

Rivalries, Hotlines, and the EPA

Aug 14, 2017
James Michael Rotz

Brian Finkelstein is working at a suicide hot line when a caller reminds him of himself.
  Peter Story and his wife are broke and in love and strategize on how to win an online wedding contest.
  Diane Kastiel decides to skip a family party rather than be scrutinized.
  Lisa Jackson explains why she decided to become an environmental engineer.

The Moth Fall Fundraising Special 2017

Aug 9, 2017

Jen Lee tries to save souls and sell beauty in Target.

Tim Manley credits his mother and his imagination for keeping his spirits high while hospitalized.

Norah McLoughlin walks the Camino De Santiago.

Jonathan Ames recounts his most epic duel in college.

Beauty Queens, the LBJ Library, and Holdups

Aug 2, 2017
Roger Ho

Tricia Coburn attends Miss Macy’s Charm School and eventually lands a modeling gig.

Sara Bird finds solace from heartbreak as a librarian at the LBJ LIbrary. 

John Lincoln is robbed twice while working the front desk of a hotel.

NOTE: When offensive or FCC-prohibited words appear, they are bleeped and listed in the Content Advisory.  Sensitive content will be given an on-air caution and will be noted here in the description.  

Where We Belong

Jul 27, 2017
Photo by Christian Leonard

Vin Shambry goes to outdoor school and feels like a kid again.

Lauren Weedman meets her biological mother.

Michelle Oberholtzer sets up a fund to help families fight home foreclosure.

Flora Diaz becomes attached to the subjects of a middle school science project.

Snow White and the Screaming Meemies

Jul 19, 2017
Joseph Michael

Alana Kinarsky after moving to America with her family from Belarus, gets busted by her mother for stealing a Snow White doll from K-Mart.
Maile Meloy is scheduled to go on national TV with Martha Stewart for her first interview ever, after writing her first book.
Samuel James grows up in the foster system and finds an unlikely family.
Cheryl Hamilton encounters a suicidal man and learns that helping strangers is not as simple as wanting to.

Pole Vaulting, Comedy, and the Congo

Jul 12, 2017
Chris Council and Emily Champlin, Courtesy of the Aspen Institute

Annie Korzen has trouble letting go as her son grows up, gets engaged, and gets married.

Matthew Dicks is more concerned with beating his own high school track teammates than winning the meet.

Richard Matthew must decide whether the risks of working in war torn areas of the world are worth it.

Hari Kondabolu finally confronts a heckler after years of hearing jerks in the front row.

Doctors, Judgments, Dictators

Jul 5, 2017

Ali Al Abdullatif encounters the kindness of patriots.
Aidan Greene desperately tries to hide his stammer.
Chris Herbert takes a wild career detour in Public Relations
Rachel Ogilvy is forced to make a huge decision in the face of a health scare.

Gestures Great and Small

Jun 28, 2017
Photo by Jacquelin Reyna

Tim Lopez steps into the spotlight at a flair-bartending competition.

Pilar Siman takes part in a magical ballet recital.

Tom Nimen lets his mother's middle-eastern cooking shut his bullies up.

Susan Wolman turns to quilting in the aftermath of 9/11.

Jon Cayton shares hsi gratitude for his grandfather on Thanksgiving.

Deedee Lundberg takes the leap of her life on stage at a Moth GrandSLAM.

Motherlove, Money, and War

Jun 21, 2017
Jordan Silverman

Josh Axelrad has already lost many thousands of dollars gambling, but can’t resist stopping at a small casino.

Jamaica Kincaid longs for her mother’s love in Antigua.

Sebastian Junger reports on war in Afghanistan but only comprehends its full darkness after a profound personal loss.  
NOTE: When offensive or FCC-prohibited words appear, they are bleeped and listed in the Content Advisory.  Sensitive content will be given an on-air caution and will be noted here in the description. 

The Moth StorySLAM

Jun 14, 2017
Allison Evans

John Dubuc, a “man’s man," goes to a yoga retreat and gets in touch with his inner cat.
Leah Benson finds what she thought was a love letter, but instead was the translated lyrics to “I Will Survive.” 
Kathi Kinnear Hill in 60s Portland is forbidden from entering a club pool because she is black.
Tom Herndon watches his mother run a scam at O'Hare Airport.

Fathers: Daddy, Dad, Paw-Paw, Pops

Jun 8, 2017
Caroline Lacey

David Kendall inherits his love of music from his father.

Chris Myers rides out his emotions after the birth of his daughter.

Nestor Gomez struggles to pick out his baby among a group of newborns.

Karan Chopra learns to live his life by his father's example.

Amanda Hamilton Roos confesses her sins to her father, literally.  

Jack Marmorstein realizes the role he must play in his nephew's life.

The Moth’s 20th Anniversary Special

Jun 2, 2017

Richie DiSalvo is mobbed-up over a calzone.

Jessi Klein turns to Google to get over a break up.

Sisonke Msimang learns how to respect both the words people say and their silences.

Red Sox, Jerusalem, and Coming Home

May 24, 2017
Eric Becker

Jimmy Tingle bonds with his son in the midst of the first Red Sox World Series win in over 80 years.
Jason Schmidt realizes his father is not a superhero, but just a man who did his best.
Launa Lea, a worker at a community center, decides not to call the police when a sex worker pulls a knife on her.
Gretchen Waschke is evicted from her home due to her divorce.

The Big Oops: Blunders Large and Small

May 22, 2017
Photo by Christian Leonard

Jessica Lee Williamson works on a routine for her school talent show.

Hasan Minhaj misses his mom when she moves back to India to attend school.

Holly Rutter does some late night grocery shopping.

Bob Zellner is curious about a movement rising in Montgomery, Alabama in the early 1960's. 

Explorers, Organizers, Interrogations

May 15, 2017

Aaron Naparstek finds an unexpected community through street traffic and poetry.
  Ann Daniels trains to become a polar pioneer.
Victor Levenstein
is interrogated by the KGB.

Photo by Caroline Lacey

David Kendall inherits his love of music from his father.

Chris Myers rides out his emotions after the birth of his daughter.

Nestor Gomez struggles to pick out his baby among a group of newborns.

Karan Chopra learns to live his life by his father's example.

Amanda Hamilton Roos confesses her sins to her father, literally.  

Jack Marmorstein realizes the role he must play in his nephew's life.

Jason Falchook

Ophira Eisenberg confronts her fertility during a crisis.
  Terry Wolfisch Cole wants preferential treatment as the oldest sister.
  Andy Christie sends off his mother with a melody.
  Samuel Lewis Lee is looked after by a mother's love.

Pizza, Polar Bears, and Rock Stars

May 3, 2017
Braden Moran

Pam Flowers goes on an 11-month journey and becomes the first woman to cross Alaska solo with a dog sled.
Moshe Schulman fears retribution from God for breaking Kosher while visiting his aunt in Long Island.
Jennifer Sodini weighs the dangers of sprinting past a stranger or her neighbor in her skivvies.
Duff McKagan finds sobriety and meaning in his life after a major health scare. 

Alzheimer's, Russia, and Landfill

May 1, 2017
Liz Mackinder

Lauren Slater buys what she thinks is a farm in New Hampshire but soon discovers it was once a landfill.
  Ivan Kuraev is 8 when he falls deeply in love with a classmate. 
  Ivan Kuraev ’s doting Russian grandmother gets revenge on his boyhood enemies.
  Charles Pugh ’s grandmother is the most loving and supportive person in his life until she gets Alzheimer's disease.

Prison, Princes, and Playgrounds

Apr 24, 2017
Sarah Stacke

Jillian Lauren boards a plane for Brunei in search of a modern day fairy tale. Micaela Blei is an elementary school teacher trying to control a group of third-grade warmongers on the playground. Suzanne Vega's life is threatened hours before taking the stage at the Glastonbury Music Festival. Damien Echols, one of the West Memphis Three, talks about serving 18 years on death row for a crime he did not commit.

Mother's Day Special 2017

Apr 17, 2017
Photo by Jason Falchook

Ophira Eisenberg confronts her fertility during a crisis.
Terry Wolfisch Cole wants preferential treatment as the oldest sister.
Andy Christie sends off his mother with a melody.
Samuel Lewis Lee is looked after by a mother's love.

More Women In The World

Apr 17, 2017
Photo by Jason Falchook

Mary Kate O'Flanagan takes charge and responsibility at a funeral.

Gail Breslow is confronted about her religion at a school in Germany.

Ally Mason relunctantly fills a role in a school play.

Bess Stillman struggles with the difficulties of being a doctor.

Aryana Rose falls in love with a younger man.

Jane Otai takes action after suffering loss.

Epilepsy, Roast Beef, and Adoption

Apr 3, 2017
Jason Falchook

Adam Wade loses his temper at the supermarket deli counter.
  Peter Aguero stands by helpless while doctors diagnose a seizure in his epileptic wife.
  Susan Kent is in denial about being pregnant until she delivers Baby Girl.
  Steven Puente is a social worker who tries to take a teenage client out for ice cream in the wrong neighborhood.

Sword Fight, Hip Hop, Amnesia, Berlin

Mar 27, 2017
Photo by Renee Rosensteel

Cole Kazdin dreams of forgetting her past.

Simon Bill's
love for antique swords proves useful.
Chenjerai Kumanyika
becomes a hip hop star.

James Shuter finds himself in Germany near the Cold War's end. 

Facing The Dark

Mar 17, 2017
Jason Falchook

Kate Braestrup attempts to bring a moment of peace to a difficult crime scene.
John Turturro
ponders his future with an aging mother and dependent brother.
Daniela Schiller
gets a new understanding of her father’s past while studying memory.

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