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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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The Moth Radio Hour: Mother's Day Special

A special edition of The Moth Radio Hour dedicated to Mothers. A woman who has never wanted children suddenly questions her choice, a little girl gets angry at her mother and runs away from home, a son struggles at his mother's deathbed, and a man finds a mother's love in unconventional ways. Hosted by The Moth Radio Hour Producer, Jay Allison (with help from his mom). The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. 

Hosted by: Jay Allison

Storytellers: Ophira Eisenberg, Terry Wolfisch Cole, Andie Christy, Samuel Lewis Lee

2021-05-11
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Cruise Control: Oscar Saavedra & Nina Slowinski

This episode is all about cars - the places they take us and the memories we make along the way.

Hosted by: Chloe Salmon

Storytellers: Oscar Saavedra, Nina Slowinski

2021-05-07
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The Moth Radio Hour: Snow White and the Screaming Meemies

A 5-year-old girl is caught stealing by her mother, a shy writer gives her first ever interview on national TV, a child gets caught in the shelter shuffle of the foster system, and a wilderness search and rescue teacher goes out on a ledge to help a young man. This episode is hosted by The Moth?s Senior Director, Meg Bowles. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Storytellers: Alana Kinarsky, Maile Meloy, Samuel James, and Cheryl Hamilton.

2021-05-04
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The Moth Radio Hour: Saving Graces

In this hour, stories of support coming from surprising places -- and moments of seemingly divine intervention. Family ties, a raucous subway ride, and hidden treasure. This episode is hosted by Moth Producer Chloe Salmon. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Hosted by Chloe Salmon

Storytellers: Onnesha Roychoudhuri, Charlotte Cline, Paul Brady, Wang Ping, Hope Iyiewaure

2021-04-28
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Think Fast!: Michele Woods & Birungi Birungi

This week, two stories about quick thinking in the face of adversity. 

Hosted by Angelica Lindsey-Ali

Storytellers: Michele Woods, Birungi Birungi

2021-04-23
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The Moth Radio Hour: PTSD, Lost Art and The Berlin Wall

The victim of a random stabbing struggles to reestablish his life while suffering from post traumatic stress disorder; author Nathan Englander describes coming of age at 19 while traveling through Europe to witness the fall of The Berlin Wall; and an artist and documentary film maker loses three years of work in an instant and finds it hard to continue. This episode is hosted by Moth 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: Ed Gavagan, Ellie Lee, Nathan Englander

2021-04-20
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The Confessional With Nadia Bolz-Weber: Dr. Ray Christian, Storyteller and Fulbright Specialist

We are so excited to present you with a new episode from season 3 of The Confessional, featuring our beloved Mothy, Ray Christian. The Confessional with Nadia Bolz-Weber is available wherever you listen to podcasts.

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"I got the super squad, the dirty dozen. Nobody needs to know what's going on here; I'm handling everything."

Dr. Raymond Christian is a retired US Army paratrooper who grew up on the poverty-ridden streets of Richmond, VA. He has taught African American History and Storytelling at Appalachian State University and is a 12-time Moth Story Slam Champion and winner of the 2016 National Storytelling Festival Story Slam. Ray is a Fulbright Specialist Scholar as an expert in Education and Storytelling Narrative, and the host and producer of the podcast ?What?s Ray Saying??

Drraychristian.com

Twitter: @whatsraysaying

2021-04-16
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The Moth Radio Hour: The Future Looks Bright

In this hour, stories of healing, hope, and heart. A birthday celebration, a dream job, the importance of an heirloom and chance encounters when we need them the most. This hour is hosted by Jay Allison, producer of this radio show.

Hosted by: Jay Allison

Storytellers: Ekaterina Duft, Aditya Dakshinamourtay, Brenda Williams, Alistair Bane, Kathi Kinnear Hill, Jason Schommer

2021-04-13
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Shame On You: Lizzie Peabody & Samira Sahebi

This week, we're talking about one of the most powerful feelings in the world: shame; maybe it starts as a pit in your stomach when you put your foot in your mouth or washes over you like a wave when someone points out something you hoped they wouldn?t notice. Our storytellers this week show us that the only way to beat back the shame dragon is to talk about it.

Hosted by: Michelle Jalowski

Storytellers: Lizzie Peabody, Samira Sahebi

2021-04-09
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The Moth Radio Hour: Bathtub Sailor, Seamstress, Spy

A record-breaking adventurer sets his sites on the English Channel, a seamstress becomes an advocate for her child and a young woman is recruited into the world of Secret Agents during World War II. Hosted by Senior Producer, Meg Bowles. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Storytellers: Tim FitzHigham, Catherine Cross, and Noreen Riols.

2021-04-06
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The Moth Radio Hour: Help Me

In this hour, stories of the people and pastimes that get us through hardships. Illness, ire, and an accident, and what and who we find to provide comfort, offer relief, or share the burden. This episode is hosted by Moth 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: Cherie McMullen, John Lehre, Angie Chatman, Carla Katz, Padma Lakshmi

2021-03-30
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Money Manners: Sara Rosa Espi Jacobson & Michelle Murphy

On this week's episode, we're talking about money, honey. Mulla, cash, bills, dough - whatever you call it, it affects all of our lives in immeasurable ways. This episode is hosted by special guest, Jen Lue, the assistant controller here at The Moth. 

Hosted by: Jen Lue

Storytellers: Sara Rosa Espi Jacobson, Michelle Murphy

2021-03-26
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The Moth Radio Hour: Cancer, Crime and Crypts

When a beloved patient?s cancer returns, a psychologist confesses that she is at a loss for words, an inmate at a women?s prison describes the surprising value of an ordinary transistor radio, and an undertaker deals with a problematic client. Hosted by Jenifer Hixson, Senior Director at The Moth. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Hosted by: Jenifer Hixson

Storytellers: Martha Manning, Chris Tombline, Piper Kerman

2021-03-23
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The Moth Radio Hour: The Big Reveal

In this hour, we're drawing back the curtain! Surprises, discoveries, and difficult realizations. All will be revealed... This hour 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: Betty Reid Soskin, Jayson Nunez, Jitesh Jaggi, Aisha Rodriguez, Linda King, Meredith Morrison

2021-03-16
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International Women's Day 2021: Beth de Araújo

In this episode, we celebrate International Women's Day with a story of resilience. This episode is hosted by Kate Tellers.

Storyteller: Beth de Araújo

2021-03-12
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The Moth Radio Hour: Mighty: Bull, Pen, Gun

An author who treasures the art of letter-writing is spellbound by an inmate who becomes a pen pal, a man comes to terms with a personal tragedy caused by a gun, and a writer describes how Ernest Hemingway persuades him to risk his life by pretending to be a matador. 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: A. E. Hotchner, Kemp Powers, Joyce Maynard

2021-03-09
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The Moth Radio Hour: Caught Off Guard

In this hour, the moments of shock and uncanny realizations, and the tenacity, perspective, and humor that help us through. An unexpected skating partner, a family divided, a daily commute, and surviving a catastrophic tragedy. 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: Aaron Pang, Joel Brady, Michelle Robertson, Patience Murray 

2021-03-02
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Mirrors: Kujegi Camara & Nyla Gilstrap

In this special Black History Month Episode, two stories about self-image and what "beauty" means. This episode is hosted by Moth producer and director, Jodi Powell.

Storytellers: Kujegi Camara, Nyla Gilstrap

2021-02-26
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The Moth Radio Hour: Women in the World

A special episode featuring stories from women around the world. Resilient children, computer crashes, swimming lessons, life after a house fire, standing up to bullies and accepting help from strangers. 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: Katie Smith, Catherine Palmer, Cal Wilson, Liz Allen, Kusum Thapa, and Beverley Engelman.

2021-02-24
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The Moth Radio Hour: In Service Of

In this hour, stories of giving and receiving. A volunteer, a would-be chef, a firefighter, a date in need of a liver, and a scientist who needs a helping hand before she can help anyone else. This episode is hosted by Moth Producer Jodi Powell. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Storytellers: Kayleigh Hudson, Stacey Curry, Sivad Johnson, Kristin Huang, Mary-Claire King

2021-02-16
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Love Hurts: Kemp Powers & Beth Bradley

This week, two stories of love, losing it and finding it again when you least expect it. This episode of The Moth Podcast is hosted by Dame Wilburn.

Storytellers: Kemp Powers, Beth Bradley

2021-02-12
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The Moth Radio Hour: Chess, Romance and Kathmandu

The first African American Grand Master details his unorthodox education and the private chess match that defines him; a socialite trying to escape an unhappy marriage accidentally crashes the coronation of the king of Nepal; and an octogenarian makes an romantic connection with a man she worked with over a half a century before. This episode is hosted by Jenny Allen with Jay Allison. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Storytellers: Maurice Ashley, Bokara Legendre, Cynthia Riggs

2021-02-09
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The Moth Radio Hour: Turning the Page

In this hour, stories of acceptance, moving on, and letting go. Growing older and maybe wiser, and stepping boldly into the future. 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: Elizabeth Gray, Neema Avashia, Maxie Jones, Jennifer Birmingham, Susan Earley, Erik Heen

2021-02-02
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Right Here, Right Now: Julie Baker & Meg Lavery

This week, two stories about moments of reckoning.


This episode is hosted by Jon Goode. Recording support from Tiffany Goode.

Storytellers: Julie Baker, Meg Lavery

2021-01-29
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The Moth Radio Hour: Ski, Poe, Spa, and Towers

An avid skier saves the day, a caretaker gets caught up in the life of a famous 19th Century poet, a woman vacations at a fancy clothes-optional spa, and a daughter tries to surprise her mom at the World Trade Center one September morning. This episode is hosted by The Moth's Senior Director, Jenifer Hixson. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

2021-01-26
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The Moth Radio Hour: Birds of A Feather

Let the feathers fly! This week, a special avian hour. Stories from a Ravenmaster, a scientist, and a reluctant chicken farmer about the birds that made them as happy as a lark or as crazy as a loon. This episode is hosted by The Moth's Artistic Director, Catherine Burns, and her parrot, Hamilton. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Hosted by: Catherine Burns, Hamilton Burns

Storytellers: Christopher Skaife, Dame Wilburn, Irene Pepperburg

2021-01-19
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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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