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The Moth

Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of true stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. Moth storytellers stand alone, under a spotlight, with only a microphone and a roomful of strangers. The storyteller and the audience embark on a high-wire act of shared experience which is both terrifying and exhilarating. Since 2008, The Moth podcast has featured many of our favorite stories told live on Moth stages around the country. For information on all of our programs and live events, visit themoth.org.

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Episodes

A Little Crush: Tim Lopez & Janine Hilling

This week, stories of childhood crushes and all the fun and embarrassment they entail.

Hosted by: Chloe Salmon

Storytellers: Tim Lopez, Janine Hilling

2021-01-15
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The Moth Radio Hour: Beauty Queens, The LBJ Library and Holdups

The Moth Live in Austin, TX: a girl gets ?discovered? at charm school; a Texas romance is thwarted by religion; and a teenage hotel clerk comes of age at gunpoint. This hour is hosted by Ophira Eisenberg with additional hosting by Jay Allison, producer of The Moth Radio Hour.

Storytellers: Trisha Coburn, Sarah Bird, John Lincoln

2021-01-12
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The Moth Radio Hour: Not What They Seem

In this hour, tales that remind us that looks can be deceiving. Disguises, surprises from strangers, and reckoning with one's own identity. This episode is hosted by Moth Senior Director Jenifer Hixson. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Hosted by: Jenifer Hixson

Storytellers: Phill Branch, Raabia Wazir, Jean le Bec. Micheal Devlin, Jim Giaccone

2021-01-05
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Onwards! - Alix Born & Carlton Parks

In this New Year's Day episode, stories of moving into uncharted territory.

Hosted by: Jon Goode

Storytellers: Alix Born, Carlton Parks

2021-01-01
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The Moth Radio Hour: Finding Your Calling

A speech writer has a defining moment at the White House; a young Carl Bernstein gets his first job as a copy boy in a news room; a firefighter charges into his first big blaze; and a doctor struggles with duty and identity while serving in a medical camp in Syria.

Hosted by The Moth?s Artistic Director, Catherine Burns. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Storytellers: David Litt, Carl Bernstein, Nick Baskerville, and Vivian Huang.

2020-12-28
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Put A Fork In It - Annie Share & Pamela Covington

2020 is 86-ed! In this episode, stories of food and celebration. For more information on how to help food-insecure folks this year, head to themoth.org/extras.

Hosted by: Kate Tellers

Storytellers: Annie Share, Pamela Covington

2020-12-25
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The Moth Radio Hour: Presents, Menorahs and Palm Trees: December Holiday Stories

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 stories in this episode.

Storytellers: Peter Aguero, Tracey Segarra, Steve Glickman, Dawn Fraser, Evan Lunt, and Bernie Somers.

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.

2020-12-22
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The Moth Radio Hour: I Got You

In this hour, stories of community, solidarity, and support, sometimes from unexpected sources! A preacher's daughter, a grumpy grandfather, a conflicted young man, and a self-isolated writer. This episode is hosted by Jay Allison, the producer of this radio show.

Hosted by: Jay Allison

Storytellers: Lydia Caesar, Adam Ellick, Craig Mangum, Elif Shafak

2020-12-15
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TV Dreams: Jessica Lee Williamson & Wes Hazard

In this episode, two stories about tv dreams and daytime nightmares. This episode is hosted by Moth producer and director, Michelle Jalowski.

Storytellers: Jessica Lee Williamson, Wes Hazard

2020-12-11
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The Moth Radio Hour: Live From Boston

A special live edition of The Moth recorded at the Shubert Theatre in Boston. A New York City cop looks into the death of a kid he grew up with, a jazz musician dreams of playing with James Brown, and a woman falls in love over the protestations of her family. Hosted by The Moth Radio Hour Producer, Jay Allison. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Storytellers: Steve Osborne, Christian McBride, and Mary Lou Pieland.

2020-12-08
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Making Moves: Ashley Johnson & Peter Laughter

In this episode, two stories about making it happen. This episode of The Moth Podcast is hosted by Dame Wilburn. Make sure to head to themoth.org/extras to check out more from our storytellers!

Hosted by: Dame Wilburn

Storytellers: Ashley Johnson, Peter Laughter

2020-12-04
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The Moth Radio Hour: Pizza, Polar Bears, and Rock Stars

A woman attempts to cross the Arctic solo with a dog team, an Orthodox Jewish boy tests God by eating pizza, a woman in her underwear sprints past a neighbor?s confused girlfriend, and Guns N? Roses bass player Duff McKagan survives a health scare.

Storytellers: Pam Flowers, Moshe Schulman, Jennifer Sodini, and Duff McKagan.

2020-12-01
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The Moth Radio Hour: Live from Dayton

A special live edition of The Moth, brought to you from the Victoria Theater in Dayton, Ohio. Conscious uncoupling, a livestock auction, new perspectives, and Darth Vader. This hour is hosted by Dame Wilburn with additional hosting by Jay Allison, producer of The Moth Radio Hour.

Hosted by: Dame Wilburn, Jay Allison

Storytellers: Sarah Sweet Rabidoux-Kelsey, Jackie Andrews, Anthony Brinkley

2020-11-24
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Shells On a Beach: Katy Laurance

This week, a story about closure and rebirth. This week?s episode of The Moth Podcast is hosted by Angelica Lindsey-Ali. To see photos of Katy and her family, head to our website, themoth.org/extras.

Hosted by Angelica Lindsey-Ali

Storytellers: Katy Laurance

2020-11-20
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The Moth Radio Hour: Veterans Day Special 2014

A special Veterans Day edition of The Moth Radio Hour. This special hour is 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.

Hosted by Sarah Austin Jenness

Storytellers: Mike Scotti, Dawn Seymour, Bill Krieger, William Cole

2020-11-17
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Swans, Squirrels and Snails: Majdy Fares & Lucie Moses

This week, two hilarious stories about the lengths we go to for our animal friends. This episode of The Moth Podcast is hosted by Michelle Jalowski, a producer and director at The Moth. Make sure to check out our website, themoth.org/extras, for photos of Luc and Busta and Majdy?s Swan Lake.

Storytellers: Majdy Fares, Lucie Moses

2020-11-13
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The Moth Radio Hour: Live in Dublin

A special live edition of The Moth from Dublin, Ireland. This hour is hosted by Jay Allison. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Hosted by: Jay Allison

Storytellers: Colm O'Regan, Karen Gearon, Daryl McCormack, Peter Pringle

2020-11-10
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The Moth Radio Hour: Past Tense, Future Perfect

In this hour, moments and memories that mold the future. Life or death choices made in an instant, bygone mistakes, and letting go of grudges and guilt. This hour is hosted by Moth Senior Director Meg Bowles. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Hosted by: Meg Bowles

Storytellers: Julie Pryor, Madeleine Berenson, Michael Fischer, Carol Seppilu

2020-11-04
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Howlin' at the Moon: Kathleen McKitty Harris & Michael Walz

This week, we celebrate Halloween and the full moon with two stories about intuition and connecting with the other side. Happy Halloween and have a blessed Samhain! For more information about voting, head to themoth.org.

Hosted by: Dame Wilburn

Storytellers: Kathleen McKitty Harris, Michael Walz

2020-10-30
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The Moth Radio Hour: Facing The Dark

In this hour, a chaplain guides a family through death and goodbyes; a man wanders New York City during the blackout of 2003; and a daughter tries to break her father?s silence about the Holocaust.

Hosted by The Moth?s founder, George Dawes Green. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Storytellers: Kate Braestrup, John Turturro, and Daniela Schiller.

2020-10-27
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Decisions, Decisions - Jill Chenault & Harjeet Kapor

This week, two stories and two choices. This episode is hosted by Aleeza Kazmi.

Storytellers: Jill Chenault, Harjeet Kapoor

2020-10-23
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The Moth Radio Hour: Antidepressants and Anthony Hopkins

This week, scientist abruptly stops taking his medication and an actor lands a part in a big film. This week?s episode is hosted by Jay Allison and Rachel Dratch. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Storytellers: Ben Lillie, Josh Broder

2020-10-21
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The Moth Radio Hour: I See You

In this hour, stories about clarity and perspective. Seeing one another, feeling seen, and seeing oneself with the veil lifted. This episode is hosted by Moth Senior Director Jenifer Hixson. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Hosted by: Jenifer Hixson

Storytellers: Rae Wynn Grant, Angelica Lindsay-Ali, Josh Holland, Grace Topinka, Zakiya Minifee

2020-10-14
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The Moth Radio Hour: Fear Factor

In this hour, stories of fear -- facing it, outgrowing it, and learning from it. From shadowy childhood demons, to the anxieties of parenthood, and life or death choices in the face of discrimination. This hour is hosted by Moth Executive Producer, Sarah Austin Jenness. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Hosted by: Sarah Austin Jenness

Storytellers: Zaena Tessema, Diane Kastiel, Tito Chavez-Nguyen, Patricia Aro, Chelsea Shorte, Rufus May

2020-10-06
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The Moth Radio Hour: Put to the Test

In this hour, stories of testing one's own limitations and discovering new wells of strength and resolve. This episode is hosted by Moth Senior Director Meg Bowles. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Hosted by: Meg Bowles

Storytellers: Lucy Danser, Albert Fox Cahn, Quratulain Fatima, Tim FitzHigham

2020-09-29
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Swiftly Flow the Days: Caroline Connolly & Christopher Moncayo-Torres

This week, stories of parenting and being parented.This week?s episode of The Moth Podcast is hosted by the director of MothWorks at The Moth, Kate Tellers, featuring two special surprise guests.

Storytellers: Caroline Connolly, Christopher Moncayo-Torres

2020-09-25
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The Moth Radio Hour: Me, Myself, and I: Stories of Questioned Identity

A ?spambot? takes over a man?s life; rules are broken during a night at the bar; a woman?s career ambition is challenged by her health; and a young Mormon must weigh desire with devotion.

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.

Storytellers: Jon Ronson, Sitawa Wafula, Maureen Freeman, and Elna Baker.

2020-09-22
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Kathi Kinnear Hill - "But I Just Might"

This week, Kathi Kinnear Hill has hard conversations on the campaign trail. This week?s episode of The Moth Podcast is hosted by Jon Goode. Head to the extras for this weeks episode for photos from Kathi, as well as information about registering to vote - themoth.org/extras.

Hosted by: Jon Goode

Storyteller: Kathi Kinnear Hill

2020-09-18
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The Moth Radio Hour: Live from Boston

A special Live edition of The Moth  at Wilbur Theater in Boston, Massachusetts. Hosted by Tara Clancy with additional hosting from Jay Allison. An internet scam gets emotional; a couple decide to have their second child; a patient waits for an organ  transplant; and a young Pakistani man is forever-changed by rock and roll. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Storytellers: Sofija Stefanovic, Tara Clancy, Paul Munafo, and Salman Ahmad.

2020-09-15
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The Confessional with Nadia Bolz-Weber: Abby Wambach, Soccer Star

We?re so excited to bring you an episode from The Confessional?s second season, a podcast about ugly confessions from beautiful people. The Confessional is created and hosted by beloved Moth storyteller and friend, Nadia Bolz-Weber. This episode features an interview with soccer star, Abby Wambach. You can find more episodes of The Confessional on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to your podcasts.

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?I didn't feel like, oh, I need to call my lawyer or anything like that. I felt like I was totally with it. And then I did the breathalyzer and I can't remember exactly what number I blew, but it was like, I think, two times the legal limit. And I thought, this machine is broken.?

When Abby retired from professional soccer in 2015, she was a two-time Olympic gold medalist, World Cup champion, and the all-time leader in goal scoring for the U.S. Women?s National Team. Today, she is also known for her speaking, activism, and writing.

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2020-09-11
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The Moth Radio Hour: The Games We Play

In this hour: win, lose or draw! Stories of competition and play. Family pranks, high school Latin, college track, and the need for approval. This episode is hosted by Moth Executive Producer, Sarah Austin Jenness. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. 

Hosted by: Sarah Austin Jenness
Storytellers: Joey Garfield, Tod Kelly, Romy Negrin, Tahmin Ullah, Abhishek Shah

2020-09-08
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All Together Now: Fridays with The Moth - Ivan Kuraev & Dante Jackson

This week, two stories of childhood trials and tribulations. This episode is hosted by Aleeza Kazmi. Check out the extras for this episode to see photos of Dante and Ivan at the time of their stories - themoth.org/extras.

Hosted by: Aleeza Kazmi

Storytellers: Dante Jackson, Kuraev

This is our last episode of All Together Now: Fridays with The Moth. We hope you?ve enjoyed this summer series. Remember to visit our website for all the prompts from each episode.

2020-09-04
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The Moth Radio Hour: Millionaire Hot Seat, Monkey, Assassin

A writer and her daughter move to an impoverished community; a lonely man befriends an orphaned monkey; and an actress is horrified by a paparazzi shot of her in her ?bathers.? This episode is 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.

Hosted by: Sarah Austin Jenness

Storytellers: Melissa Lucashenko, Paul Carter, Magda Szubanski

2020-09-01
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All Together Now: Fridays with The Moth - Anne Moraa & Caroline Hunter

This week?s episode is all about turning anger into positive change. Quinn McNeill, The Moth?s Digital Media Assistant, is our host this week. Check out themoth.org/extras for this week?s prompts, as well as photos from Caroline Hunter.

Hosted by: Quinn McNeill

Storytellers: Anne Moraa, Caroline Hunter

2020-08-28
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The Moth Radio Hour: Changes of Heart

In this hour, stories of shifting perspectives, new outlooks, and realizations that shake our foundations. A mother receives unexpected news, a teen learns the true power of a word, and a prisoner gets a visit from his father. This episode is hosted by Moth Senior Curatorial Producer, Suzanne Rust. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Hosted by: Suzanne Rust

Storytellers: Andrea Collier, Damon Young, Huwe Burton 

2020-08-25
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All Together Now: Fridays with The Moth - Isaiah Owens

This week, a story of finding your passion and reconnecting with your people. This episode of All Together Now is hosted by one of The Moth?s Assistant Producers, Zora Shaw. You can check out the prompts for this episode in the extras for this episode on our website, themoth.org/extras.

Hosted by: Zora Shaw

Storyteller: Isaiah Owens

2020-08-21
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The Moth Radio Hour: People, Places, Problems

In this hour, a man whose mother never learned to read enrolls in law school.; a recent graduate runs in to familiar faces; an uber driver encounters an unruly passenger; a photo collage fails to capture the scope of a relationship; and a child?s hair is shaved to save her life.

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: Ray Christian, Alyssa Ladd, Nestor Gomez, Steven Carr, and Melanie Kostrzewa.

2020-08-18
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All Together Now: Fridays with The Moth - Maurice Ashley

This week, a boy from Jamaica isn't so sure his new home is all that. This week?s episode of All Together Now is hosted by The Moth?s Director of Finance, Marina Klutse. Check out the extras for this episode on our website to see photos of Maurice as a child and to hear more from his interview with Marina.

Hosted by: Marina Klutse

Storyteller: Maurice Ashley

2020-08-14
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The Moth Radio Hour: Regrets, I've Had a Few

In this hour, stories of hindsight being 20/20: a lie goes too far, a haircut veers off course, dreams are lost to time, and one bold move with no regrets attached! This episode is hosted by Moth Executive Producer, Sarah Austin Jenness. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Hosted by: Sarah Austin Jenness

Storytellers: Alfonso Lacayo, Noreen King, David Watson Mwabila, Megan McNally, Nadia Hakim, Robert Hallett

2020-08-11
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All Together Now: Fridays with The Moth - Aydrea Walden & Katie Vaca

This week, two stories about the sometimes bumpy road to connection. This episode of All Together Now is hosted by Dame Wilburn.

Hosted by: Dame Wilburn

Storytellers: Aydrea Walden, Katie Vaca

2020-08-07
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The Moth Radio Hour: Sword Fight, Hip Hop, Amnesia, Berlin

In this hour, a heartbroken woman has a wish come true; a homeowner gets an unwanted surprise; a struggling temp remembers his glory days; a foreigner witnesses history. Hosted by The Moth?s Artistic Director Catherine Burns. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Hosted by: Catherine Burns

Storytellers: Cole Kazdin, Simon Bill, Chenjerai Kumanyika, James Shuter

2020-08-04
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All Together Now: Fridays with The Moth - Nina McConigley

This week, Nina connects to her heritage through tradition. This episode of All Together Now is hosted by Aleeza Kazmi, a former Assistant Producer and alumna of the EDU program at The Moth. You can find the prompts for this week?s episode on our website, themoth.org.

Hosted by: Aleeza Kazmi

Storyteller: Nina McConigley

2020-07-31
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The Moth Radio Hour: Rooted in the Past

In this hour, stories of the past echoing into our present. A history lost to slavery, modern life clashing with religion, going from a party lifestyle to a corporate gig, and using memories of an injury to help others. This hour is hosted by Moth Senior Director Jenifer Hixson. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Hosted by: Jenifer Hixson

Storytellers: Hannah Drake, Craig Mangum, Luanne Sims, Dan Ariely 

2020-07-28
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All Together Now: Fridays with The Moth - Shannon Cason & June Cross

This week, two stories of facing the different sides of ourselves. This week?s episode of All Together Now is hosted by Anna Roberts, the Manager of the Mothworks program.

Storytellers: Shannon Cason, June Cross

Hosted by: Anna Roberts

2020-07-24
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The Moth Radio Hour: More Women in the World

In this hour, more stories from women across the world. A group of daughters bear the weight of a family death; a young girl is told to keep her religion quiet; a doctor struggles to stay afloat; and a woman experiences a fairytale romance. Those stories and more. 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.

Hosted by: Sarah Austin Jenness

Storytellers: Mary Kate O'Flanagan, Gail Breslow, Ally Mason, Bess Stillman, Aryana Rose, Jane Otai 

2020-07-21
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All Together Now: Fridays with The Moth - Hope Wade

This week, a story about a life-changing bet. This episode of All Together Now is hosted by Hanna Campbell, The Moth?s Senior Manager of the Education Department.

Storyteller: Hope Wade

Hosted by: Hanna Campbell

2020-07-17
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The Moth Radio Hour: Live at Town Hall, New York

A real fashionista auditions for a key role in The Devil Wears Prada; a tough guy father deals with his sensitive son; and an expectant mother gets unsettling news about her unborn child.

The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Hosted by: Jay Allison

Storytellers: Simon Doonan, Kemp Powers, Lynn Ferguson

2020-07-14
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All Together Now: Fridays with The Moth - Anthony Brinkley

This week, Anthony Brinkley shares his complicated relationship with white people. This episode is hosted by one of the Moth?s Producers and Directors, Jodi Powell.

Storyteller: Anthony Brinkley

Hosted by: Jodi Powell

2020-07-13
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The Moth Radio Hour: Play It Again, SLAM

In this hour, stories from The Moth's SLAM Showcase - a night of storytelling do-overs for tales from The Moth's archives that needed slight tweaks or a second chance. Standing out or fading away, chance encounters, and the importance of food. This hour is hosted by Moth Senior Director Jenifer Hixson. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Hosted by: Jenifer Hixson

Storytellers: Gabby Shea, Jon Novick, Annie Tan, Carl Banks, Anoush Froundijian, Wendy Paige 

2020-07-07
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All Together Now: Fridays with The Moth - Vin Shambry

This week, a story of childhood freedom. This week?s episode of All Together Now is hosted by Amanda Garcia, the Associate Producer for the Mothworks program at The Moth. For more information on how to support organizations creating safe spaces for Black folks in nature, head to themoth.org/extras.

Hosted by: Amanda Garcia

Storyteller: Vin Shambry

2020-07-03
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