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, July 17, 2018 10:58am

    Novelist Walter Mosley examines the power of language to break and form bonds; an artist connects with her father when he sends her coins he finds on the street; a woman describes her harrowing rape and pursuit of stability; and an actor proposes marriage, but waits a long, long time for an answer. Hosted by The Moth's Executive Producer, Sarah Austin Jenness. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

    Storytellers: Flash Rosenberg, Walter Mosley, Barbara Wiener, and Richard Kind.

    Originally podcasted: 4/8/2014

    Sponsored by:

  • Friday, July 13, 2018 5:00am

    A few months ago, we put out a call to listeners to host their own episode of The Moth podcast for its 10th anniversary. Today we're thrilled to pass the mic over to listener Tonya Scott Williams. In this episode, Tonya chooses three of her favorite stories to share.

    A successful businessman reveals his childhood dream. An expecting couple rush through an unexpected trip into the night. An online connection leads to a real-world rekindling.

    We'll also hear from two other listeners who wrote in that we loved. A special thanks to Larrnell Cross and Brennen Beckwith. If you’d like to listen to the story Larrnell mentioned in this episode, you can hear that here.

    Storytellers: Alvin Hall, Eric Call, and Julie Baker

    Hosted by: Tonya Scott Williams

  • Tuesday, July 10, 2018 10:27am

    A family of amateur detectives crack a case; a librarian takes a dance class to spice things up; a father and son come to terms in Newark Airport; a grandson brings joy to a nursing home; and a woman releases her grief and lets her passion take over. Hosted by The Moth's Senior Producer, Jenifer Hixson.

    Storytellers: Steve Zimmer, Amy Rood, Jay Dixit, Robert Weinstein, and Satori Shakoor.

    Sponsored by:

  • Tuesday, July 3, 2018 4:00am

    In this hour, three stories about questioning power dynamics…in the USSR, on the streets of NYC and on death row. 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.

    Storytellers: Phyllis Bowdwin, Sue Steinacher, and Gautam Narula.

    Sponsored by:

  • Friday, June 29, 2018 1:00am

    Bill Russell uses his inner-knowledge of air travel to make his way home. Journey Jamison must spring into action when death comes knocking.

    Storytellers: Bill Russell and Journey Jamison.

    Hosted by Dan Kennedy

    Sponsored by:

You Say Goodbye

Jul 16, 2018
Photo by Aron Klein

Ash Bhardwaj is tasked with bringing his father’s remains back home to India.

Courtney Antonioli questions her marriage, but not her love.

Becca Stevens loses her son’s childhood and childhood pet to time.

Michael Such plans for his last moment.

Inner Compass

Jun 25, 2018

Phyllis Bowdwin takes on a silent assailant. Sue Steinacher fights USSR bureaucracy with dog-diplomacy. Gautam Narula is a teen when he bonds with a unique friend on death row.

Blue Men, Psychopaths, and a Bad Date

Jun 18, 2018
Sarah Stacke

John Grady is slightly burnt out after years of performing in the legendary Blue Man Group, but a surprising audience member changes his perspective.   James Fallon, a world renowned neurosurgeon, analyzes the brain scans of the criminally insane but then identifies something in a scan a bit closer to home.    Rachel Dratch ventures into the dating world and gets a rude awakening.

I Will Be Your Father Figure

Jun 6, 2018
Photo by Braden Moran

Adrianne McGillis’ father's favorite joke lands him in the hospital.

CJ Hunt reflects on mix-tapes and memories from his past.

Blessing Digha fears she has fallen short of her father’s expectations.

Hand Transplant, DNA, and a Backwards Heart

May 30, 2018
Sarah Stacke

Janna Levin is an astrophysicist whose personal life seems to parallel the scientific law "opposites attract." 

Kodi Azari is a hand surgeon who describes his leadership role in one of the first-ever hand transplants in the US.

Eric S. Lander is a geneticist who is asked to testify in a murder case about DNA evidence.

Moth GrandSLAMs: Life and Death

May 22, 2018
Ian Tervet

Jeff Simmermon has a run in with a grouchy strap hanger on the subway. Sofija Stefanovic has a deep crush on a boy whose family is on the opposing side during the Yugoslavian wars. Tim Manley is failing as an awkward high school english teacher until the school talent show helps him find his voice. Neshama Franklin visits the Grand Canyon with her sister shortly after the death of her husband of 35 years. Colin Ryan is outed in 6th grade as a member of a bible clown group.

Photo by Jason Falchook

Mack Dryden leaves the flat marshes of Mississippi to stand atop the world.

Janice Bartley experiences the thrill and complications of first love.

Brian Gavagan trades his BMX for a helicopter for a day.

I Will Be Your Father Figure

May 14, 2018
Photo by Braden Moran

Adrianne McGillis’ father's favorite joke lands him in the hospital.

CJ Hunt reflects on mix-tapes and memories from his past.

Blessing Digha fears she has fallen short of her father’s expectations.

Three Chefs and a Meal

May 9, 2018
Braden Moran

Chris Fischer: A chef from Martha’s Vineyard prepares dinner for guests who require a secret service sweep. Evan Kleiman: An aspiring chef and the meal that almost ended it all. Abhishek Shah: A job interview over lunch turns terribly awkward. Roy Choi:  A young chef learns what it means to butcher and prepare meat for the kitchen. 

Domestic Affairs

Apr 30, 2018
Photo by Liz Mackinder

Gina Sampaio navigates the joys and trials of adoption. Anagha Mahajan tries to correct an eye problem with an inspirational poster. Maxie Jones sews things up with some help from his grandmother. Matty Struski clears a space with his daughter in mind. Tony Cyprien is overwhelmed on his first day outside of prison.

Women in the World

Apr 25, 2018
Timothy Herbert

Katie Smith struggles to survive in an abusive home. Catherine Palmer suffers a computer failure while working on her Phd. Cal Wilson is inspired by her five year old son to  take swimming lessons. Liz Allen is a kid when her house burns down. Kusum Thapa is a doctor in Nepal who advocates for victims of sexual abuse Beverly Engelman is a fiercely independent octogenarian who needs help from her neighbors after a stroke.

Live from Sydney

Apr 18, 2018
Victoria Baldwin

Omar Musa travels to Malaysia and finds his roots. Dan Illic does a parody of an Australian tragedy that some felt was definitely "too soon." Suki Kim is a journalist who risks her life, posing as a teacher in an elite, North Korean school.

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.

Surviving Being Human

Apr 16, 2018
Photo by Jason Falchook

Cynthia Shelby Lane sets her sights on a job that’s out of this world. Lemn Sissay attempts to uncover a hidden past.
Natasha Guynes desperately tries to hide her past from co-workers on The Hill.
Matt Brown confronts his insecurities in an unconventional way
Daniel Turpin deals with the aftermath of a split second decision.

The Kindness of Strangers

Apr 4, 2018

Laura Zimmermann loses herself . . . and her stuff in Portugal. David Cole does all that he can to return to sender. Niccolo Aeed faces scrutiny at the airport.  Denise Scheuermann shares a ritual of good hope. Caroline Abilat struggles to show herself kindness after the birth of her first child. Ed Gavagan is called upon to show grace to the boys who stabbed him. 

Zimbabwe, Camping, Goths and Grace

Apr 1, 2018
Victoria Baldwin

David Crabb is a lonely goth who buddies up  with a S.H.A.R.P (Skin Head Against Racial Prejudice). Petina Gappah is one of the only black students at a school in the newly-formed country, Zimbabwe.   Liz Allen is an Outward Bound guide for middle school students and has lots of trouble with a lazy 12 year old. Kate Braestrup is called to bring God to a crime scene that includes the perpetrator as well as victims.

Sailing on an Alien Sea

Mar 26, 2018
Photo by Jason Falchook

James McClintock a scientist researching at McMurdo Station, Antartica makes an interesting discovery. 
Lone Frank deep dives into personal genomics
Dhaya Lakshminarayan gets entangled in the language of math.
Ellen Stofan sets her sights on exploring an alien sea.

Bathtub Sailor, Seamstress, Spy

Mar 19, 2018
Jason Falchook

Tim FitzHigham is a record breaking adventurer who sets off to cross the English Channel in a bath.
Catherine Cross finds herself conflicted when her young daughter faces an identity crisis. 
Noreen Riols is recruited into the world of Secret Agents on special missions during WWII.    

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.

 

Confidence: Too Much, Too Little?

Mar 12, 2018
Photo by Jason Falchook

Aleeza Kazmi tackles difficult questions when working on a self-portrait.

Dante Jackson comes out of his shell at his 8th grade prom.

David Crabb celebrates an anniversary with a trip to the spa.

Sam Shepard brings his personal horse to the set of “The Right Stuff.”

Global Stories of Women and Girls

Mar 5, 2018
Photo by Jason Falchook

Mary Hamilton gets married to an unconventional man.

Esther Ngumbi hides an act of defiance from her mother.

Jon Howe re-commits to his ailing wife.

Emely Recinos struggles with her diminishing eye-sight.

The Moth Spring Fundraiser 2018

Mar 1, 2018
Photo by Jason Falchook

Abhishek Shah has a job interview over lunch that turns terribly awkward.

Wendy Suzuki is moved to change the culture of her family when confronted with her father’s memory loss.

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

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

Liz Mackinder

Dame Wilburn is told that she is cursed and decides to try and lift the curse herself.

Tina Zimmerman is on the cusp of empty-nest syndrome when an accident helps her decide that she wants to become a minister.

Eddie Hejka’s son Sammy is autistic and very determined to meet Oscar the Grouch.

Michelle Fecteau houses an enthusiastic history buff on a pilgrimage to learn more about the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire.

Mark Arrigo

Neil Gaiman: Details his punk rock beginnings and how his wife finally got him to sing on stage again.
  Matt Day: Visits a famous cemetery in London and meets a homeless man who masquerades as a vampire.
  Bisi Alimi: Loses his best friend to AIDS and in his honor decides to speak out publicly about his own diagnosis.
  Christina Lamb: A war correspondent under fire in Afghanistan talks about dodging bullets and being a mother.

Sewing, Singing, Suits, and Cemeteries

Feb 7, 2018
Jason Falchook

George Dawes Green : The Founder of The Moth talks about running away from home and finding refuge in a cemetery. 

Tim Gunn:  Talks about his family, their propensity to over pack and and his own packing faux pas. 

Warren Holleman: A young Baptist accompanies a friend to what turns out to be a gay bar and is deeply moved by the patron’s singing.

In The Name Of Love

Feb 5, 2018
Suzie Afridie

Suzie Afridi is given an ultimatum: family or love.

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

Gabrielle 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.

Young Adults

Jan 29, 2018
Photo by Allison Evans

Muthoni Garland sneaks out to see a band.

Joann Kielar is followed on her way home from work.

Moses Storm is the subject of a high school senior project.

Laura Gilbert troubleshoots the code of love.

Diamante Ortiz brings a vibrant change to her look and life.

Christine Gentry has boy-troubles, thanks to her father.

Javier Morillo faces some ugly memories while preparing for his 30th high school reunion.

Live from Dublin

Jan 22, 2018
Mark Earley

Sinead Burke - A LIttle Person describes life from her perspective.
Anne Driscoll - A Fullbright Scholar has to identify the man who tried to steal her bike.
Tomas Reichental - A Holocaust survivor speaks of his experiences as a child in Bergen Belsen.

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.

 

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.

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