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, August 15, 2017 10:18am
    On this special 500th episode of the podcast, we dig through our archives and pick some of our favorite stories that have been shared on The Moth stage. Catherine Burns, The Moth’s Artistic Director, and George Dawes Green, The Moth founder, join Dan Kennedy in hosting. Storytellers: Shannon Cason, Erin Barker, Kate Braestrup, and Taylor […]
  • Tuesday, August 8, 2017 11:12am
    A homeless child lives under a tree; a woman finds her birth mother; an activist fights against home foreclosures; a science project goes haywire; and finding peace at a silent retreat. Hosted by The Moth’s Senior Producer, Jenifer Hixson. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. […]
  • Tuesday, August 1, 2017 7:00am
    Robert Sherer cares for his elderly grandmother but can’t escape her concerning eye. And Ann Jankie learns a lesson in turning embarrassment and worry into one of pride. Storytellers: Robert Sherer and Ann Jankie.
  • Tuesday, July 25, 2017 7:00am
    In this episode, apocalypse now? Om Choudhary learns that even in dire times it’s still not the end of the world, and Annabelle Gurwitch tries to usher in a new era of change — the Age of Aquarius. Storytellers: Om Choudhary and Annabelle Gurwitch.
  • Tuesday, July 18, 2017 7:53am
    In this hour, Doctors, Judgements and Dictators! Stories of Patriot Games both on and off the field, huge decisions in the face of life and death; from meetings with Colonels to dances with Hephzibah. Hosted by The Moth’s Senior Producer, Meg Bowles. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of […]

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.

Chess, Romance, and Kathmandu

Mar 13, 2017
Amanda Kowalski

Maurice Ashley describes his development as a chess player under the tutelage of The Black Bear School of Chess.
  Bokara Legendre attends the coronation of a Nepalese king in Kathmandu.

Cynthia Riggs is in her golden years when she reconnects with a coworker from her youth and a romance blooms.

People, Problems, Places

Mar 6, 2017
Dare Kumolu-Johnson

Ray Christian struggles to realize his dream of graduating from law school.

Alyssa Ladd is embarrassed to run into familiar faces while working at a Michaels craft store.

Nestor Gomez is stuck driving an unruly Uber passenger during rush hour.

Steven Carr is given a photo collage from his mother of he and his "friend."

Melanie Kostrezwa learns her daughter must undergo a craniotomy.  

Jessica Taves

Ryan Knighton visits a small town with his brother for a rattlesnake roundup.

Amy Biancolli deals with the aftermath of her husband's suicide.

Sasha Chanoff must make difficult choices while on a rescue mission.

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. 

Live from the World Science Festival

Feb 23, 2017
Jason Falchook

Mike Massimino must take to swimming before he can take off to outer space.

George Church tests his own strength of will as a human-guinea pig for science.

Sylvia Earle explores the ocean's depths as a pioneering aquanaut.

PTSD, Lost Art, and The Berlin Wall

Feb 13, 2017
Jason Falchook

Ed Gavagan is nearly stabbed to death by a gang, then loses his job and his home while working through PTSD. Nathan Englander is still a teenager when he heads to Europe hoping to witness the fall of Communism in East Berlin. Ellie Lee suffers an enormous setback in the making of her documentary but gets inspired, years later, to try again. 

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