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.

PTSD, Lost Art, and The Berlin Wall

Sep 9, 2015
Nathan Englander

Ed Gavagan is nearly stabbed to death by a gang, then loses his job and his home while working through PTSD. Nathan Englander is still a teenager when he heads to Europe hoping to witness the fall of Communism in East Berlin. Ellie Lee suffers an enormous setback in the making of her documentary but gets inspired, years later, to try again. 


Sep 9, 2015
Jason Falchook

Neil Gaiman becomes a proud hockey dad and learns how proud his own dad is of him. 
Christian Garland steals money from his grandfather to buy sneakers and has to work to regain his trust.
Wilson Portorreal runs into traffic to save Hershey, the family dog.
Ishmael Beah comes to New York as a teenager after years of fighting as a child soldier in Sierra Leone and gets a second chance at childhood.

Astronauts, Family Trees, and Drips

Sep 9, 2015
Marika Hughes

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.

Dog Mother, Tour Guide, and Milli Vanilli

Sep 7, 2015

Sara Barron learns to share custody of a dog with her husband's ex-girlfriend.
Falen Johnson confronts racism and her own biases while taking a tour group through “Invisible Toronto.”
Catherine Palmer takes her young sons on a work trip where they learn some inappropriate toasts, which they repeat at church. 
Fabrice Morvan shares his memories of the rise and fall of Milli Vanilli.

Moth Fundraising Hour Fall 2015

Sep 2, 2015

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. 

Oreos, Heaven, and America's Most Wanted

Sep 1, 2015
Dare Kumolu-Johnson

Bethany Van Delft learns that her newborn daughter has Down Syndrome.
Bill Bernat goes into an “Oreo blackout.” 
Breeda Miller prints her mother a “ticket to heaven”. 
Josh Bond discovers that he has been living next door to James “Whitey” Bulger.

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. 

Epilepsy, Roast Beef, and Adoption

Aug 27, 2015
Adam Wade

Adam Wade loses his temper at the supermarket deli counter.
  Peter Aguero stands by helpless while doctors diagnose a seizure in his epileptic wife.
  Susan Kent is in denial about being pregnant until she delivers Baby Girl.
  Steven Puente is a social worker who tries to take a teenage client out for ice cream in the wrong neighborhood.

Prison, Princes, and Playgrounds

Aug 20, 2015
Jillian Lauren

Jillian Lauren boards a plane for Brunei in search of a modern day fairy tale. Micaela Blei is an elementary school teacher trying to control a group of third-grade warmongers on the playground. Suzanne Vega's life is threatened hours before taking the stage at the Glastonbury Music Festival. Damien Echols, one of the West Memphis Three, talks about serving 18 years on death row for a crime he did not commit.

Snow White and the Screaming Meemies

Aug 12, 2015
Joseph Michael

Alana Kinarsky after moving to America with her family from Belarus, gets busted by her mother for stealing a Snow White doll from K-Mart.
Maile Meloy is scheduled to go on national TV with Martha Stewart for her first interview ever, after writing her first book.
Samuel James grows up in the foster system and finds an unlikely family.
Cheryl Hamilton encounters a suicidal man and learns that helping strangers is not as simple as wanting to.

Camp, Cars, Cockroaches, and the Kremlin

Aug 12, 2015
Jason Falchook

Meg Wolitzer realizes she might not become the actor she's dreamed of being, but finds the freedom of self-acceptance.
Adam Gopnik and his wife move to a tiny New York City apartment and try to 'live poetically.'
Matthew Dicks tries to hide the fact that he's living out of his car after losing his job.
Andrew Solomon goes to Russia to visit artists and ends up with a front row seat to Russian democracy.