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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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In this hour, stories from the double helix -- genetic makeup, inherited disease, and family secrets. It's all in the DNA. This hour is hosted by Moth Artistic Director Catherine Burns. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.Storytellers: Mike Birbiglia works to get healthy and mitigate his bad genes.Carmen Rita Wong uncovers the complicated layers of her family's past.Beth Bucher makes a hard decision to protect her health.When applying for a green card, Paul Nurse discovers a family secret.Podcast: 649
In this hour, stories of structures and strictures—and the struggles against them. School assignments, teenage rebellion, and the proper time to eat. This episode is hosted by Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media, producer of this show.Storytellers:Stephen Michael Carr quietly rebels against his school's reading program.Gabriela Quiroz doesn't appreciate her school's unofficial year end tradition.Caroline Connolly attempts to find a way around her lawyer parents' rules.Saad Sarwana and his fellow "nerds" try to pull off a senior prank.Beth Ann Fennelly grows up in a heavily structured household.Podcast: 868
On this episode, we share two stories from Birmingham,  Alabama.Host: Suzanne RustStorytellers:Anne Wheeler tries to get a part in a play.Anthony Underwood figures that the best way to get good banana pudding is to make it himself.If you’d like to share your own story, or would just love to hear some incredible live storytelling, check out a Story Slam near you: https://themoth.org/eventsThe Moth would like to thank its listeners and supporters. Stories like these are made possible by community giving. If you’re not already a member, please consider becoming one or making a one-time donation today at themoth.org/giveback
A special Mother's Day edition of The Moth Radio Hour. A mother helps her daughter get her first contact lenses, an unwanted parental intervention at a school concert, a new mother in Zambia awaits test results, a life or death bee sting and a teenage mother who couldn't be happier to welcome her child to the world. 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:Chrissie Graham is a nerdy girl who needs contacts and promptly loses one.Catherine Palmer tries to micromanage her son at a school concert.Constance Mudenda is a healthcare worker with a health scare of her own.Matthew Dicks has an allergic reaction to a bee sting and needs his mother.Melissa Rodriguez grew up a foster child and then has a child of her own.Podcast: 434
In this hour, a professional impersonator gets an unusual gig, a journalist is befuddled by the facts, and a brother sister duo who really love baseball. 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.Storytellers:Obama impersonator Dion Flynn gets an unlikely gig.Carole Radziwill is gifted a watch that belonged to Jackie Kennedy.Michaela Murphy takes her little brother on a cross-country adventure to see an All-Star Game.Podcast: 866
On this episode, we visit a galaxy far far away, with three stories all about the impact of Star Wars. Plus, a discussion about why Star Wars has resonated for more than 50 years.Hosts: Brandon Grant-Walker and Edgar Ruiz, Jr.Storytellers:Dame Wilburn confuses a man in a costume for the real Darth Vader.Shannan Paul’s mother teaches her that it’s alright to fall in love with science-fiction.Manuelito Wheeler translates Star Wars: A New Hope into Navajo.Podcast: 865
In this hour, stories of the everyday moments that have lasting impacts. A fast-food chain giveaway, a perilous outing on the high seas and the emotional toll of being a customer care Agent for the USPS. 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.Angela Dohrmann goes whole-hog during a Wendy's giveaway. Lobsterman Jason Lemos fights for survival in the frigid Atlantic.Zellia Enjoli Tatiana learns something new about herself through her work as a customer care agent. 
On this episode, we're going to have a little fun with the human body. We’ve got two stories all about bones and funnybones.Host: Michelle JalowskiStorytellers:Jason Schommer takes a sleep study… and dreams of Ricky Martin.Caroline Connolly learns a few unintended lessons from her mother.The Moth would like to thank its listeners and supporters. Stories like these are made possible by community giving. If you’re not already a member, please consider becoming one or making a one-time donation today at themoth.org/giveback
In this hour, stories of how we see ourselves, the perceptions of others, and the often gaping chasm in between. The struggle to prove oneself, challenge a stereotype, keep up appearances, and finally discover what really fits. This hour is hosted by Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media, the producer of this show.Storytellers:Enrique García Naranjo is stopped by border patrol.Aydrea Walden realizes her classmates see her differently.Miles Crabtree tries out for his school's production of "How the West Was Won."Kimberly Rose sees herself disappearing in her marriage.Jessi Klein lands what she thinks is her dream job.
In this hour, stories of diving in—whether we want to or not. In a job, in a relationship, or into the unknown. 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.Storytellers:Surgeon Anthony Chin-Quee finds himself in over his head during his first day on call.Despite protests from friends and family, Nancy French marries a man she barely knows.Wilderness guide Monte Montepare takes inexperienced hikers on a glacier expedition
On this episode, two stories from the Louisville StorySLAMs. Host: Alex Román Peters Storytellers: Ethan Sweetland-May learns about hunting from his grandfather Trevor Nourse gets lost in a cave If you’d like to share your own story, or would just love to hear some incredible live storytelling, check out a Story Slam near you: https://themoth.org/events The Moth would like to thank its listeners and supporters. Stories like these are made possible by community giving. If you’re not already a member, please consider becoming one or making a one-time donation today at themoth.org/giveback
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. Storytellers: Andrea Collier finds out what happens when her life goes off-script. Damon Young questions his sense of self based on the power of a racial slur. Huwe Burton relies on his father's support while serving time for a crime he didn't commit.
In this hour, stories of the things we hold dear—kitchen staples, family heirlooms, and an important soccer ball. 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. Storytellers: Mark Lamb loses a beloved skillet that has been seasoned by generations of his family. Sara Sweet Rabidoux-Kelsey goes to great lengths to obtain a toaster. Trina Michelle Robinson creates her own family heirlooms. As a kid, Viviana Infante is determined to find love. Amana Mbise's life is changed, thanks to a soccer ball.
The crack of the bat! The smell of hot dogs! The towering home runs! In celebration of Opening Day, we've got two stories about America's Past-time. Host: Larry Rosen Storytellers: Joseph Gallo learns about his father, and about baseball. Muneesh Jain travels to every baseball stadium in the country. The Moth would like to thank its listeners and supporters. Stories like these are made possible by community giving. If you’re not already a member, please consider becoming one or making a one-time donation today at themoth.org/giveback
In this hour, stories of meeting one's idols. A signature turns into a mentorship, a chance to write a song for a revered musician, and heroes within the home. This hour is hosted by Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media, the producer of this show. Storytellers: Valerie Walker has a chance encounter with a life long idol. Songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman makes music with a country music icon. Danny Artese gets not only a signature but a mentor when he attends a book signing. Elyse McInerney learns her hero may be a lot closer to her than she realized. Bassist Christian McBride gets a chance to play with a Jazz legend.
In this hour, stories of finding hope, grace, and light during unexpected times and in unexpected places. A bookstore, a high school tournament, and death row. This episode is hosted by Moth Director Chloe Salmon. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. Storytellers: Maniza Naqvi travels across the world to help save a bookstore. Michael Watson yearns to participate in the sports culture in his high school. After her wrongful conviction, Sunny Jacobs tries to make a life for herself on death row. Jitesh Jaggi tries to cure his homesickness with a family recipe.
On this episode, a story from our new book, A Point of Beauty. Host: Tiq Milan Storyteller: Shaun Leonardo pursues his dream of becoming a luchador. The Moth’s new book, A Point of Beauty: True Stories of Holding On and Letting Go releases March 19th. Order it here, or wherever you get your books: https://themoth.org/a-point-of-beauty
In this hour, stories of female strength and empowerment. Independence at any age, refusing to participate in sexist societal conventions, and the complicated layers of motherhood. This 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. Storytellers: 95 year old park ranger Betty Reid Soskin squares off with an intruder. Purity Kagwiria chooses a name for herself. Timothy Bell discovers that there are more layers to his mother than meets the eye. Musih Tedji Xaviere attempts to get her first novel published. Nya Abernathy discovers who gets lied to the most: pregnant women!
When the going gets tough, the tough get going! In this hour, stories of moving through discomfort—grief, revisiting painful history, stepping outside our safe spaces—and how it shapes us. 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. Storytellers: Stephanie Wittels Wach tries to understand her brother's struggle. Wes Hazard takes us behind the scenes of Jeopardy! Introvert Sufian Zhemokov has strict rules about talking to strangers. Brigette Jones is determined to become a tour guide at Belle Meade Plantation.
On this episode, two stories from Melbourne, and we’ll reflect on the legacy of comedian and SLAM host Cal Wilson. Host: Chloe Salmon Storytellers: Elizabeth Gray’s son has an interesting first day of school. Cal Wilson is inspired by her five year old son to take swimming lessons. Here’s Cal Wilson’s article about The Moth: https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/the-lure-of-the-moth-mesmerising-stories-from-people-just-like-you-20180315-h0xhl3.html If you’d like to share your own story, or would just love to hear some incredible live storytelling, check out a Story Slam near you: https://themoth.org/events The Moth would like to thank its listeners and supporters. Stories like these are made possible by community giving. If you’re not already a member, please consider becoming one or making a one-time donation today at themoth.org/giveback
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Drew W

In About this Episode, it should say 'pastime'.

Mar 29th
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sleap4969u9e

asking because I'm genuinely curious....why do they keep spamming the swing dance story at the end of the podcasts lately?

Dec 29th
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April All Year

The jaguar story is one of the best full circle stories I have ever heard.

Dec 14th
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Roxanne Weaver

How about some editing here? Every story is repeated...and on top of that, they are all repeats from previous shows.

Dec 10th
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Negin Khosromanesh

Hello there! How can I find the transcript of this podcast?!

Dec 3rd
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Nancy

what a great episode 😍

Nov 28th
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Aakash Amanat

I recently had the pleasure of listening to "The Moth" podcast, and I must say it's an absolute gem for storytelling enthusiasts. The podcast, hosted by Dan Kennedy, brings together a diverse range of storytellers who share their personal tales, experiences, and insights. What sets "The Moth" apart is its dedication to the art of oral storytelling. The narratives are raw, authentic, and deeply moving. Each episode is a unique journey, with storytellers pouring their hearts out, making you laugh, cry, and reflect in the process. https://www.preferredprofessionals.com/brooklyn-ny/printing-services/nyc-packaging-solution One of the strengths of "The Moth" is its ability to capture the essence of human experiences in all their complexity. https://citypages.pro/local-business/united-states/new-york/brooklyn/11209/nyc-packaging-solution

Nov 3rd
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Stephen Boykin

Great story! Very touching. Especially the interview aftet.

Oct 11th
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fatemeh

سلام وقتتون بخیر من تو یک مسابقه شرکت کردم ممنون میشم ازم حمایت کنین پادکستم علمیه و راجع به چگونگی بوجود اومدنه جهانیه ک داریم توش زندگی میکنیم پیشاپیش از حمایت شما سپاس گزارم https://castbox.fm/va/5602179

Sep 25th
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fernandovka

“I am a revolutionary” ❤️

Jul 4th
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Drew Anderson

God that first story is painful. you'd think if she liked the band that much the least she could do is name drop them.

Jun 30th
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Teresa Wilkinson

I would have thought 'pastors' needed maturity & perspective to be leaders

Jun 27th
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Stephen Boykin

Great and touching episode of the Moth podcast.

Jun 21st
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Tracy Santimaw

Loved, loved, loved Mrs Morris's story. Had me laughing and crying.

May 17th
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Darcy Jennings

I did originally used to really enjoy this back when i first got in to podcasts but unfortunately like most things now days it's just full of poor me woke ideological virtue/victim signalling box ticking nonsense get over yourselfs guys no one ever said life was easy 😊

May 7th
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Melanie Manosi

I'm calling it silver paper from now on too! #TheMothLiveFromPortsmouth

Apr 13th
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April All Year

Incredible episode

Apr 5th
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Bella Ring

Always good

Feb 24th
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Ann Wagner

This Valentine’s Day episode is the loveliest I’ve ever heard. Thank you!

Feb 14th
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