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, January 16, 2018 3:37pm
    In this hour, a woman gets a call in the middle of the night; a young boy discovers the truth about his idol; a girl does her best to prepare for a big moment; and a family camps out in hopes of seeing the Kennedy family. Hosted by The Moth’s Artistic Director, Catherine Burns. The […]
  • Tuesday, January 9, 2018 2:04pm
    In this hour, a special live edition of The Moth from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Hosted by Dame Wilburn, with additional hosting by Jay Allison. A mother tries to model confident behavior after moving to China; a man goes on a dangerous rescue mission; a lonely girl spends her summer raising funds for the blind. The […]
  • Tuesday, January 2, 2018 5:00am
    On this week’s episode, we ring in the new year. Stories about resolutions, change, and new perspectives. Kemp Powers is convinced he will never be a good dad. Matteson Perry agrees to two resolutions after learning a lesson in love the hard way. Rachel Lee puts her marketing skills to its toughest test yet. Storytellers: […]
  • Tuesday, December 26, 2017 6:00am
    In this special December holiday hour, stories about celebration, differing traditions, and family. A mother and son do their best to keep the gifting spirit alive, a daughter tries to fulfill her mother’s wish for a Trinidadian feast, and a man waits and waits for the perfect moment to kiss a date. Those and more […]
  • Tuesday, December 19, 2017 2:27pm
    A feminist searches for the perfect wedding dress, a playwright visits a prison in Malawi, a man spends a lifetime regretting a single moment, and a new mother struggles with her prosthetic arm. Storytellers: Jessi Klein, Al Letson, Marco Huertas, and Mary Archbold. Hosted by The Moth’s Senior Producer, Jenifer Hixson. The Moth Radio Hour is […]

Camouflage: Stories of Hidden Selves

Jan 12, 2018
Photo by Caroline Lacey

Kevin Rose goes undercover at a Evangelical Christian university.

Sister Carolyn Martin commits herself to a love greater than any other.

Boris Timanovsky has a transatlantic pen pal adventure.

Abraham Leno has a dream of college are threatened when war breaks out in his country. 

Shocks and Surprises

Jan 8, 2018

Teri Garr bonds with friends over justice and revenge.

Liel Leibowitz learns the identity of a real-life anti-hero from his childhood.

Nasrin Marzban gets ready to meet the Shah of Iran.

Micaela Murphy endures a family beach vacation. 

Live from Portsmouth

Dec 27, 2017
Photo by Jason Falchook

Catherine Palmer tries to fake it until her children make it.

Joe Lentini sets out in arctic weather to rescue stranded mountain climbers.

Elizabeth Browning becomes a local celebrity after writing to her local newspaper.

Mighty: Bull, Pen, Gun

Dec 15, 2017
Eli Goldstein

A. E. Hotchner lets Ernest Hemmingway talk him into dressing like a matador to face a bull in Spain.

Kemp Powers is only 14 when he learns that playing with a loaded gun can have devastating consequences.

Peter Aguero and his mother exchange holiday gifts made of paper. Tracey Segarra sends a Hanukkah card that her mother-in-law takes issue with. Steve Glickman attempts to escape a snowy Chicagoan Christmas for Puerto Vallarta. Dawn Fraser is tasked to find the perfect ingredients for a Trinidadian Christmas. Evan Lunt takes his grandmother’s menorah to college as a keepsake of her.

Wedding Dress, Prison Choir, and a Hotdog

Dec 10, 2017
Theo Welling

Jessi Klein tries to find the perfect wedding dress without getting sucked into the modern bride cliché.
Al Letson travels to Malawi for a job and finds unexpected human connection in a prison.
Marco Huertas is haunted by a time he didn’t give his extra hotdog to a hungry kid.
Mary Archbold must decide between "appearing normal" and caring for her infant.

Kidneys, Undergarments, and Cabbies

Nov 29, 2017
Dare Kumolu-Johnson

Dan Souza has his mouth wired shut for a month and a half after having jaw surgery. 
Gil Reyes needs a kidney transplant and as his family and friends are ruled out, his boyfriend offers him a kidney. 
Karen Duffin tries to find the courage to leave her faith behind.
Sarah Bunger becomes her father’s best friend and confidant after her mother dies.
Sam Dingman had a great thing going until he crashes his taxi twice in one day.

Live from The Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Nov 22, 2017
Photo by Jessica Lifland

Teresa Jordan returns home to a parched and cracked land.

Dame Wilburn visits Macon, Georgia for a summer and gets an unconventional pet.

Nestor Gomez flees the Guatemalan Civil War to the safety of his mother’s home.

Bobby Wilson hears of a Dakota man he desperately tries to meet.

In The Name of Love

Nov 13, 2017

Suzie Afridi is given an ultimatum: family or love.

Dan Larson comes to appreciate what it means to be lucky.

Gabriel Shea finds love with the help of Common and Questlove from the Roots.

Jim Obergefell takes on a supreme fight to fulfill his husband’s last wish.

Oreos, Heaven, and America's Most Wanted

Nov 8, 2017
Dare Kumolu-Johnson

Bethany Van Delft learns that her newborn daughter has Down Syndrome.
Bill Bernat goes into an “Oreo blackout.” 
Breeda Miller prints her mother a “ticket to heaven”. 
Josh Bond discovers that he has been living next door to James “Whitey” Bulger.

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 Vietnam War

Nov 3, 2017

Dave Dillard and his company are trekking through the Vietnamese jungle when they hear an unusual sound.

Edie Meeks comes to face the carnage of war.

Jason Trieu tries to save his family as the U.S. Army retreats and Saigon falls.

Holiday Special 2017

Nov 3, 2017

Peter Aguerro exchanges gifts made oF paper with his mother for the holidays. Tracey Segarra sends a Hanukkah card that her mother-in-law takes issue with. Steve Glickman attempts to escape a snowy Chicagoan Christmas for Puerto Vallarta. Dawn Fraser is tasked to find the perfect ingredients for a Trinidadian Christmas. Evan Lunt takes his grandmother’s menorah to college as a keepsake of her. Bernie Somers counts down to a first kiss on New Year's Eve with a romantic interest.

Live from Boston

Oct 27, 2017
Allison Evans

Steve Osborne finds out a kid he grew up with died of a heroin overdose and has to tell his mother.
Christian McBride finally gets to play onstage with James Brown, after a lifetime of admiring the Godfather of Soul.
Mary Lou Piland falls in love with a black man and is forced to confront her own family's racism.  
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. 

Boyhood

Oct 18, 2017
Jason Falchook

Neil Gaiman becomes a proud hockey dad and learns how proud his own dad is of him. 
Christian Garland steals money from his grandfather to buy sneakers and has to work to regain his trust.
Wilson Portorreal runs into traffic to save Hershey, the family dog.
Ishmael Beah comes to New York as a teenager after years of fighting as a child soldier in Sierra Leone and gets a second chance at childhood.

The Universe of Impossible Things

Oct 13, 2017
Photo by Aron Klein

Daniel Heuman takes dating lessons from a romantic comedy. Navreet Chawla is cornered into a phone booth during a walk home late at night. Cathy Olkin must troubleshoot a problem more than 4 billion miles away.
Ashok Ramasubramanian
worries over his fate and a repeating cycle of life.

Photo by Jason Falchook

Jon Ronson's social media presence is highjacked. 

Maureen Freeman decides to ease up on a life dictated by rules, if only for a night.

Sitawa Wafula love for her career is derailed by her health.

Elna Baker attempts to date outside her religion.

Live from Tarrytown

Oct 2, 2017

Adam Linn devotes himself to becoming a father despite his own struggles with his.

Morgan Zipf-Meister comes across her mother's keep-safe of events and moments from her life.

Sarah Gray follows a path that her son's contribution made to science.

Dog Mother, Tour Guide, and Milli Vanilli

Sep 20, 2017

Sara Barron learns to share custody of a dog with her husband's ex-girlfriend.
Falen Johnson confronts racism and her own biases while taking a tour group through “Invisible Toronto.”
Catherine Palmer takes her young sons on a work trip where they learn some inappropriate toasts, which they repeat at church. 
Fabrice Morvan shares his memories of the rise and fall of Milli Vanilli.

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.

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