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, March 19, 2019 1:00pm

    In this hour, stories of moments of beauty, awe, and clarity uncovered amidst chaos and the quotidian. 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. The Moth’s third book, Occasional Magic, is now available wherever you buy your books.

    Hosted by: Catherine Burns

    Storytellers: Chenjerai Kumanyika,Edgar Oliver, Matt McArthur, Sofija Stefonovic 

  • Friday, March 15, 2019 7:00am

    On this week's episode, we're celebrating the release of the Moth's third book, Occasional Magic. Listen to Ana Del Castillo tell her story of finding her light again after a harrowing family trauma. Find Occasional Magic anywhere you buy your books March 19.

    Hosted by: Dan Kennedy

    Storyteller: Ana Del Castillo

  • Tuesday, March 12, 2019 1:00pm

    A teenager discovers she is pregnant; a waiter fields a strange request; a child breaks the teacher’s rules; and an Imam becomes a chaplain in the New York City Police Department.

    Hosted by: Jennifer Hixson

    Storytellers: Carly Johnstone, Sam Mullins, Steve Zimmer, Khalid Latif

    Originally aired: 11/19/13

  • Wednesday, March 6, 2019 5:58am

    In this hour, stories dealing with all things family: from sibling hi-jinx, to the difficulties of having children (and parents). The Moth Radio Houris produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. 

    Storytellers:Kay Elmsley Weeden, Marjace Miles, Bob Baril, Jahvannia Darling, Qing Zhao, Carmen Putnam 

    Hosted by: Jay Allison

  • Friday, March 1, 2019 8:00am

    On this week’s episode, we’re celebrating International Women’s Month with two stories: Alexandra Rochester teams up with Taylor Swift and Katy Perry while giving skiing lessons; and Kendi Nderitu looks to escape the village life.

    Hosted by: Dan Kennedy

    Storytellers: Alexandra Rochester, Kendi Nderitu

A Wrestler, an Exoneree, and a Nurse

Mar 13, 2019
Jason Falchook

Richard Price bonds with his pro-wrestling-loving grandmother in 1955.  Rickie Johnson gets a letter from his long last daughter while in prison.  Tim King forms a strong bond with a student who changes his life. Merlixse Ventura is an intern on a pediatric oncology unit.  Lydia Velez encounters a patient’s unusual wound.

Occasional Magic

Mar 8, 2019
Allison Evans

Edgar Oliver propagates monsters in his backyard.
Chenjerai Kumanyika seeks protection through tradition and faith.
Matt McArthur witnesses rare beauty during an Arctic dive.
Sofija Stefonovic gets her first taste of capitalism.

Sarah Stacke

Moth 2019 Spring Fundraiser

Feb 22, 2019

Christian McBride - A young musician gets a once in a lifetime shot at the big time.
Karen Gearon - With her fellow shopworkers at the Dunnes Stores, Karen goes on strike and sparks international interest in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. 
Dr. Mary Claire King - Discovers the inherited breast cancer gene after enduring personal heartbreak. 

Ideas for scripting are included below to segue between stories, adapt for your station's approach. NPR news compatible. 

In Famiglia

Feb 22, 2019
Allison Evans

Kay Elmsley Weeden and her siblings have adventures on the Wisconsin River. Marjace Miles searches for meaning amidst an unexpected pregnancy. Bob Baril gets a once in a lifetime experience with his son. Jahvannia Darling keeps a secret from her mother. Qing Zhao must choose between love and her career. Carmen Putnam experiences the hope of a new pregnancy while mourning her stillborn child.

Cartoons, Cleanups, and Close Calls

Feb 15, 2019
Heather Immor

Matthew Diffee decides to become a cartoonist.

Ijeoma Oluo realizes that a school teacher was trying to be charitable.

Tara Clancy lives a dual lifestyle growing up in Queens and The Hamptons.

Nancy Finton narrowly escapes an attacker.

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. 

The Moth: Live on Martha's Vineyard

Feb 11, 2019
Amanda Kowalski

Bearing Witness

Jan 31, 2019
Tara Welch

Alice Schaffer, a preacher's daughter, grows up in fear of the lessons learned in Sunday school. 
Dawn Ross tries to adjust to life in rural Arkansas.
D. Parvaz, a journalist covering the uprising in Syria, is arrested and imprisoned.
Leland Melvin suffers a devastating injury that cuts short his dream of flying in space.

Don't Stop the Music

Jan 23, 2019
Liz Linder

David Montgomery gets immersed in Spice World. Cal Street describes her time as part of The Velvelettes. Dawn Smith grows up in a cult that forbids music. Jin Au-Yeung's lyricism connects him to Barack Obama.

Hearing Voices

Jan 14, 2019
Braden Moran

Stanley Alpert relies on his hearing when he is kidnapped. Faith Ekienabor finds a brand new way to her college class. T Dixon discovers the power of her own voice. Anna Schuleit builds an unconventional instrument.

Knowing How and When to Fight

Jan 7, 2019
Timothy Herbert

Hillary Boone and her mother scheme to save Vermont from hate. Maria Hodermarska fights for services for her son. Ed Mabaya finds himself in danger while visiting his girlfriend. Brad Lawrence and his sister work their mom's last nerve with their brawling. Angela Lush struggles to speak up.

Jason Falchook

Love, Serve and Protect

Dec 19, 2018
Photo by Jason Falchook

Rob Simpson takes us behind the scenes of life as a Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer.
Sheila Calloway
searches for fairness and empathy in the justice system.
Beth Nielsen Chapman finds magic in the writing of a song.

Joshua Bushueff

Simon Doonan stirs up controversy with small details on his Christmas ball decorations.

Mark Redmond works with a homeless shelter in Vermont.

Ophira Eisenberg wanted to meet Santa Claus.

Taylor Negron grows up “California Gothic” and must balance the joy of owning a monkey with his fear of Charles Manson.

Guts! Courage.

Dec 10, 2018
Photo by Jason Falchook

AJ Jacobs gets an unwanted modeling gig.

Aleathia Brown makes a bold aesthetic change.

Kwong Yue Yang tries to muster the courage to meet his idol.

Nisha Coleman responds to a threat.

Leonard Lee Smith struggles to survive his first California Christmas.

Doctors, Prom, and Ellen

Nov 29, 2018
Christan Leonard

Hasan Minhaj faces racism from his prom date's family.

Catherine Smyka comes out to her grandmother.

Mel Dockery was trying to become an American citizen and just had to pass one final test.

Jeremy Orvik is a doctor who must make decisions about the treatment of his ailing mother.

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. 

Two Weddings and a Prison Break

Nov 21, 2018
Sarah Stacke

Simon Doonan recalls his parent’s wedding while planning his own.

Marie Walsh keeps a secret from her husband and children for 32 years.

Carlos Kotkin gets a job driving for a Hollywood mogul.

Jill Donnelly is an unenthusiastic participant in her father's wedding.

Second Chances

Nov 14, 2018
Photo by Liz Mackinder

Joshua Blau loses his wallet on the FDR drive.
Navrioska Mateo puts her dream job in peril.
Faith Salie has a fashion crisis on a momentous day.
Sherman "OT" Powell
attempts to reconnect with his family after 34 years.

Ionesco, Voodoo and Therapy

Nov 7, 2018

Michael Rips finds himself undermined by French absurdist theater.

Ava K. Jones is a Voodoo Priestess who loves The New Orleans Saints.

Andy Christie’s relationship with his therapist intensifies.

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.

Hope and Glory

Oct 29, 2018
Photo by Jason Falchook

Jill Morgenthaler battles to earn the respect of her fellow soldiers.
Dylan Park
 finds hope in the chaos of war.
Franny Civitano
 anxiously awaits her brother’s return from deployment in Afghanistan.
Jerry Neal
 describes a bird’s eye view of the English Channel on D Day.

Something Borrowed, Something New

Oct 5, 2018
Photo by Jason Falchook

Omar Qureshi tries to find acceptance in a home that hates him. Kari Adams faces up a storm of trouble when an uncontrollable force comes crashing into her wedding. Donna Otter attends a tantric body painting party on the heels of her divorce. Trystan Reese must deal with the world’s reaction when he goes viral for becoming a pregnant trans man.

The Places We Tell Our Stories

Oct 2, 2018
Photo by Libby Lewis

Edgar Oliver 
sets the mood in Greenwood Cemetery.

Sheri Holman is convinced a curse has latched onto her family and life.

Larry Kerr concocts a plan for love amidst the rage of war.

Anoush Froundjian parts from her reserved lifestyle to see how the other half lives.

Squeaky Wheels

Sep 26, 2018
Photo by Ilana Wurman

R. Eric Thomas pens a satire for his college paper with unintended consequences.

Annie Tan stokes the fire of her curiosity, but uncovers a dark moment in her family’s history.

Morely McBride comes across a stroke of luck when wandering the streets of New York City.

Warren Dahlin makes a friend who stays with him in life and in death.

Disney, Racecars, and Redsox

Sep 20, 2018
Roger Ho

Jessi Klein has a wild time at her sister’s Disneyland wedding.
  Joe Limone is passionate about Boston’s sports teams.
  Alison Minami is the child of two hoarders.
  Ryan Knighton loses his sight as a young man, but not his passion for speed.

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.    

Astronauts, Family Trees, and Drips

Sep 12, 2018
Jason Falchook

Andrew Solomon becomes a family man, despite some challenges.
Marika Hughes finds herself surrounded by death in a Brooklyn apartment.
Michael J. Massimino is an NASA astronaut who services The Hubble Space Telescope.

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.

Doctors, Saints, and Secrets

Aug 29, 2018
Jason Falchook

Dr. George Lombardi is sent overseas to save the life of the most famous nun of all time.
  Bliss Broyard learns the hidden facts about her father’s heritage just before he dies.
  Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee describes the way his grandmother, and his native culture in India, embraced the end of life.

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.

Live from Jackson, Wyoming

Aug 27, 2018
Photo by Lindley Rust

Tara Clancy is unprepared for a conversation around sexuality with her son.

Cristina Briones faces down a housing crisis.

Terrance Flynn attempts to catch the romantic-interest of an enigmatic stranger.

Nina McConigley clings to her heritage with a safety pin and a sari.

The Moth Radio Hour: In Transit!

Aug 6, 2018
Photo by Jason Falchook

Belal Mobarak deals with family baggage (literal and emotional) at the airport.

Ted Conover hitches a ride with his son in tow.

Rosanne Cash struggles to make life work in her new home city. 

Moth Eaten: Adventures in Food

Jul 27, 2018
Jason Falchook

Adam Gopnik and his wife love cooking but cannot find compromise in their opposite stances on meat: well-done versus rare.  David Chang is face to face with the head of the Michelin guide at his famous restaurant, Momofuko Ko.  Lisa Lampanelli wants to jumpstart a healthier lifestyle with a visit to a wellness camp, but finds everything about it less than agreeable.

Live from New York City

Jul 23, 2018
Photo by Jason Falchook

Micaela Blei leads a group of students down the treacherous Oregon Trail.

CJ Hunt tests his bravery during an apartment confrontation.

Nathan Englander causes a dust-up at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

Barbara Bowie finds motivation through the hardships of Jim Crow in Mississippi.