The Moth Radio Hour

Rhythm & News: Sun • 11am-Noon

A program that celebrates authentic voices from all walks of life.  Each week, 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.  Originally formed by the writer George Dawes Green as an intimate gathering of friends on a porch in Georgia (where moths would flutter in through a hole in the screen), The Moth is a show that dances between documentary and theater creating memorable moments that celebrate what it means to be human.

Family, Neighbors and Extraordinary Proof

Nov 22, 2016
Melanie Yazzie
Photo by Jessica Taves

Shannon Cason attempts to find peace in a neighborhood disturbance.
Melanie Yazzi shares stories from her childhood on the Navajo Nation.
David Walsh goes against popular opinion to uncover one of the greatest sports scandals in recent history.

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. 

1622: Veterans Day 2016

Oct 19, 2016
Abbas Mousa
Brian Powers

Ted Hartley and his fellow pilots struggle to to complete their first landings on a ship.
  Taniki Richard is forced to provide for her parents and siblings.
Abbas Mousa
flees Iraq and becomes a translator for the US Army.

GrandSLAMS Coast to Coast

Sep 26, 2016

Fred Johnson is a soldier who won’t admit that he has PTSD.

Vivienne Anderson is a trans teen.

Pam Burrell is a college student who volunteers at a prison.

Steve Zimmer gets into a highstakes eBay bidding war.

Tony Cyprien spends 26 years in prison.

Pam Colby connects with her family in the midwest.

One Thing in Common

Sep 19, 2016
Shaykh Umar
Mark Earley

Ashok Ramasubramanian learns the joy of sharing.

Jane Green is flattered by the attention of a handsome young writer.

Shayk Umar memorizes an entire religious text and only later comes to understand it’s deeper meaning.

Cybele Abbett faces a unique parenting challenge.

Vicki Juditz
Braden Moran

Carol Leifer is put in a panic when her "signature scent" is discontinued. 

Adrian Estrada, an Air Force veteran, describes what it's like to be a member of The Honor Guard.

Vicki Juditz seeks distraction but finds so much more in a swing dancing community.

Chris McKinlay uses his computing skills to hack into the dating site, OkCupid. 

Fathers

Sep 9, 2016
Boris Timanovsky
Jordan Silverman

Andrew Postman tries to train himself not to pass out as he prepares for the births of his children.
Boris Timanovsky returns to Russia and places flowers at what he hopes is his grandfather's grave. 
Annalise Raziq's new stepfather brings order and some new rules. 
Dori Samadzai Bonner and her family escape Afghanistan and seek asylum in the United States.

Moth Fundraising Hour Fall 2016

Aug 24, 2016
Eddie Hejka
Liz Mackinder

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

Richie Disalvo invents “the baby calzone” while nervously dealing with loan sharks. Ally Mason unwittingly accepts the role of Babe, a giant blue ox in a 3rd grade play about Paul Bunyon.  Kathi Kenner Hill is denied admittance to a town pool because of her race. Eddie Hejka treats his son’s autism and learns to trust the community around him for support. 

Paul Bowles, Exile, and a Bar Mitzvah

Aug 20, 2016
Elif Shafak
Elif Shafak

Jeffrey Solomon's divorced parents fight during his Bar Mitzvah but his older sister saves the day.
Edgar Oliver takes a wild journey to Morocco to discover that he has the same bed spread as Paul Bowles.
Elif Shafak is a Turkish novelist whose determination to finish a book is finally rattled by an earthquake.

Family, Friendship, and Mother Nature

Aug 16, 2016
Carl Pillitteri
Carl Pillitteri

Jillian Lauren found a new family when adopting a son from Ethiopia.

Etgar Keret was an Israeli soldier who discovered the power of writing after losing a friend. 

Carl Pillitteri experienced an earthquake from inside the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor.

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.  

Firemen, Bourbon, and Bathhouses

Aug 15, 2016
Fred Noe
Fred Noe

Kathy Russell Rich gets stuck in an elevator with a cute fireman.

Fred Noe, great-grandson of Jim Beam, grows up a free spirit until his dad intevenes.

Adam Gopnik comes from a long line of men who love a good shvitz.

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. 

Melyssa Rodriguez
Jason Falchook

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.

Phone Call, Flamenco, Surprise Party

Jul 12, 2016
Ray Christian
Dare Kumolu-Johnson

Auburn Sandstrom is in a dire situation and makes a call for help.  Tere Negrete is a young reporter eager to impress her boss. Daniel Judson is a rabbi who gets busted for speeding. Ray Christian is underestimated at Boy Scout.
Todd Shafer threw his wife the surprise party she never wanted. Mary Furlong Coomer falls in love with flamenco as a little girl.

Cops, Dumpster Diving, and Mental Illness

Jun 28, 2016
Amy Brill
Amy Brill

Steve Osborne and his wife fall in love with their small dog.

Elise Hunter digs into a dumpster to impress a date.

Amy Brill tries to be a perfect mother until her water breaks.

Mark Lukach deals with his wife’s debilitating mental illness.

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. 

Bulls, Bikes, Bullets, Brother

Jun 22, 2016
Malic White
Malic White

Matteson Perry “runs with the bulls” in Pamplona, Spain.
  Malic White discovers what a bicycle says about a person.
  Eric Call goes on an internet date that ends up in marriage.
  Kim Watson Brooks discovers that she has a brother.
  Andrew Solomon describes a Cambodian survivor’s recipe for healing.

Nestor Gomez
Jerry Shulman

Karen Jones discovers that her father’s lifelong depression is related to his time as a soldier at The Battle of the Bulge. Ed Gavagan is injured while playing golf and makes his tough drill sergeant father queasy. Clifton Truman Daniel joins bomb victims in Nagasaki.  Nestor Gomez tries to teach his children about fiscal responsibility by putting them to work on a grueling job.   Glenn Rockowitz gets harrowing news on the eve of the birth of his son. 

Mets, McDonalds, and a White House Secret

Jun 9, 2016
Marie Hershkowitz
Jason Falchook

Adam Mansbach writes the hit book, Go The F**k to Sleep. Marie Hershkowitz and her family are Mets superfans. Deborah Allen Carr meets a charming boy at a fast food restaurant but finds out that he’s in a gang.
Jon Lovett writes speeches for President Obama and officiates a special White House wedding.   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. 

Edward Hejka
Liz Mackinder

Dame Wilburn is told that she is cursed and decides to try and lift the curse herself.

Tina Zimmerman is on the cusp of empty-nest syndrome when an accident helps her decide that she wants to become a minister.

Eddie Hejka’s son Sammy is autistic and very determined to meet Oscar the Grouch.

Michelle Fecteau houses an enthusiastic history buff on a pilgrimage to learn more about the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire.

Father's Day Special 2016

May 16, 2016

Karen Jones
Ed Gavagan
Clifton Truman Daniel
Nestor Gomez
Glenn Rockowitz

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.  

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Moth Eaten: Adventures in Food

Apr 29, 2016
David Chang
David Chang

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.

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.

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