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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

You've Got a Deal: Denise Bledsoe Slaughter & Bill Robinson

This week, two stories all about striking a deal - or two. This episode of The Moth Podcast is hosted by Kate Tellers.

Storytellers: Denise Bledsoe Slaughter, Bill Robinson

2021-07-30
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The Moth Radio Hour: Gestures Great and Small

A man serves up cocktails with extra flavor; a young ballerina fills a delicate role with force; food helps to bridge a cultural gap; a woman makes a surprise announcement on stage, and more from Moth GrandSLAMs all across the country.

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: Tim Lopez, Pilar Siman, Tom Nimen, Susan Wolman, Jon Cayton, and Deedee Lundberg.

2021-07-28
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The Moth Radio Hour: The Love Hurts SLAM

A special Moth Radio Hour with stories originating from our annual "Love Hurts" StorySLAM. Love lost, love found, unwanted spotlights and the family we choose. 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: Andrew Brown, Joshua Arnold, Daisy Rosario, Gary Sizer, Antoinette Thorne

2021-07-20
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Learning to Sail: Jamie Trowbridge

In this episode, Jamie learns some lessons from his dad - about sailing and about life. This episode is hosted by Angelica Lindsey-Ali.

Storyteller: Jamie Trowbridge

2021-07-16
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The Moth Radio Hour: Camp, Cars, Cockroaches, and the Kremlin

A girl at summer camp tries to keep up with her sophisticated fellow campers, a writer loses a treasured pair of pants, a young man accused of stealing ends up living out of his car, and a writer lands in Moscow on the eve of a revolution. 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: Meg Wolitzer, Adam Gopnik, Matthew Dicks, and Andrew Solomon.

2021-07-13
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The Moth Radio Hour: Pride 2021

A special Moth Radio Hour in celebration of PRIDE! Stories of first kisses, drag queens, and coming out -- to others and to oneself. This episode is hosted by Moth storyteller Alistair Bane. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Hosted by: Alistair Bane

Storytellers: Meg Ferrill, Bisi Alimi, Bethany Cintron, Jake Haller, Walter Cole

2021-07-06
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Hot Child in the City: David Brown & Randi Skaggs

This week, stories all about making it work in the city.

Hosted by: Jodi Powell

Storytellers: David Brown, Randi Skaggs

2021-07-02
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The Moth Radio Hour: Explorers, Organizers, and Interrogations

In this hour, a man fights street noise with poetry; a mother of three journeys to find true north; and a book lover faces danger in the Soviet Union. Hosted by The Moth's Senior Producer, Meg Bowles. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. 

Hosted by: Meg Bowles

Storytellers: Aaron Naparsteck, Ann Daniels, Victor Levenstein

2021-06-29
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Friends in High Places: Sivad Johnson & Greg Audel

This week, two very different stories about friends in high places.

Hosted by: Chloe Salmon

Storytellers: Sivad Johnson, Greg Audel

2021-06-25
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The Moth Radio Hour: Fathers

A special Father?s Day edition of The Moth Radio Hour: A man who faints at the sight of blood prepares to become a father, a Russian immigrant takes a trip home and tries to fulfill a promise to his mother, a child goes to great lengths to hide brussels sprouts from her stepfather, and a family fights to stay in the country they call home. This episode is hosted by the producer of The Moth Radio Hour, Jay Allison. The Moth Radio hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Storytellers: Andrew Postman, Boris Timanovsky, Annalise Raziq, and Dori Samadzai Bonner.

2021-06-22
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The Moth Radio Hour: Hear Me Roar

In this hour, stories of female strength. Mothers you don't mess with and women, who stick to their guns (and goals). 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: Kathleen Turner, Cola Rum, Rhonda Williams, Rhonda Sternberg, Chantal Lyons, Amanda Gorman

2021-06-15
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Pride 2021 - I Want the World to Know: Sejal & Michael Buonocore

In this special Pride episode, two not-so-simple stories of coming out. This episode is hosted by Dame Wilburn. To see the extras from this episode, head to our website, themoth.org/extras. You can check out Michael Buonocore?s brand new podcast, The First Michael, now - wherever you listen to podcasts.

Storytellers: Sejal, Michael Buonocore

2021-06-11
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The Moth Radio Hour: GrandSLAMS Coast to Coast

In this hour, Moth GrandSLAM stories from around the country. PTSD, a trans teen, college, eBay, prison, eye contact and the emergency room. 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.

Storytellers: Fred Johnson, Vivienne Andersen, Pam Burrell, Steve Zimmer, Tony Cyprien, Pam Colby, Bess Stillman

2021-06-08
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The Moth Radio Hour: To Thine Own Self Be True

In this hour, stories about and by people who are unapologetically themselves. Knowing where you belong on the ballfield, writing as the ultimate means of self-expression, and the pub that serves as a home for a band of experimental musicians. This hour is hosted by Jay Allison, producer of this radio show.

Storytellers: Eric Thomas, Renita Walls, Haley Dunning, Heidi stuber, Joe Jackson

2021-06-01
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Planting Roots: Andrew Mude

This week, a story about losing and finding home with a story from The Moth's Global Program. This episode is hosted by Jon Goode. 

Storyteller: Andrew Mude

2021-05-28
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The Moth Radio Hour: Kidneys, Undergarments, and Cabbies

A college kid has his jaw wired shut, a man receives the best gift ever from the love of his life, a young Mormon tries to extinguish her doubts, a daughter consoles her grieving father, and a New York City cab driver has a very bad day. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Hosted by: Jay Allison

Storytellers: Dan Souza, Gil Reyes, Karen Duffin, Sarah Bunger, and Sam Dingman.

2021-05-25
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The Moth Radio Hour: Brand New YOU

In this hour, stories of starting fresh. Unexpected opportunities, budding relationships, your next home, and a new take. This episode is hosted by Moth Executive Producer, Sarah Austin Jenness. The Moth Radio is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Hosted by: Sarah Austin Jenness

Storytellers: Naushin Khan, Kristin Lawlor, Miriam Bazeed, Dave Moran, Aleyne Larner

2021-05-18
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Like A Mother: Jim Giaccone & Kate Spindler

This week, stories of mothers and mental health. This episode is hosted by Kate Tellers, and features an interview with certified nurse midwife, Shannon McCabe.

Hosted by: Kate Tellers

Storytellers: Jim Giaccone, Kate Spindler

2021-05-14
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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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