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.

Leaving, Loving & Coming Home

Jan 30, 2017

Suzi Ronson a hairdresser from Beckenham leaves it all behind to run away with a preverbal circus.
Denis Repp finds unexpected love after a painful breakup.
Jonah Lehrer describes life after a fall from grace. 
Abeny Kucha flees from violence in her village in the Sudan and finds a new home in Portland, ME.

Danielle Ofri has a crisis of confidence while working the night-shift at Bellvue.
Isobel Connelly discovers she has a heart condition at age six.
David Newell gets a job as Mr. McFeely on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
Steve Zimmer flirts with a woman while at the supermarket.

Helen Cooper spends a special birthday at Coney Island. 

Andrew Solomon flourishes in the glamour of the Metropolitan Museum.

Greg Audel discovers a different way to live during a night spent with his friend's family. 

Linda Gregory worries she isn't good enough to be accepted by her boyfriend's family.

Hilda Chazanovitz faces resistance as she tries to move her mother into a nursing home.

Live from Boston

Jan 6, 2017
Salman Ahmad
Photo by Allison Evans

Sofija Stefanovic is a  journalist investigating internet scams who forms a special relationship with someone online.

Tara Clancy runs into some complications when she and her wife decide to have a second baby.

Paul Munafo needs a new liver when he receives a midnight call from the hospital.

Salman Ahmad came upon some serious roadblocks on the road to becoming a rock musician.

Mismatch, Marriage, and a Marathon

Dec 22, 2016
Horace H.B. Sanders
Sean Carter

Jessica Lee Williamson follows love to a campsite and loses her sense of self.
  Horace HB Sanders gets married and divorced and then remarried.
Peter Sagal runs The Boston Marathon as a guide for a visually impaired man.

Jury Duty, Walking Tests, Pepsi and NOLA

Dec 21, 2016

Danusia Trevino is forever changed by jury duty.

Charles Upshaw trains to walk 50 feet.

Morely McBride
 is asked to give up the soda she loves.

Chris Turgeon 
has a blind spot when it comes to his son.

Auctions and Boxers

Dec 13, 2016
Lewis Lapham
David Polenberg

George Plimpton escorts an auction winner through the legendary bar and restaurant Elaine's on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Lewis Lapham is a rookie reporter in San Francisco when he is tasked with notifying a young woman of her husband's untimely death. Jose Torres, World Boxing Light Heavyweight, discovers how to harness his fears. Christopher Hitchens is traveling through a small village in Ceylon when his car hits a villager.

Pierre Epstein
Photo by Jason Falchook

Adam Ruben is at a loss when it comes to buying Christmas gifts.

Pierre Epstein is a little boy tracking the progress of his Uncle Igor's escape from Nazi-occupied France.

Ed McCarthy break sinto the house he grew up in to rescue a precious box of Christmas decorations.

Katie Fales
 grandfather is a rancher who was to rescue a bunch of stranded steer.

Catherine McCarthy finally admits she's homesick during Christmas in Thailand.

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.

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