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.

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.

Bathtub Sailor, Seamstress, and a Spy

Apr 19, 2016
Noreen Riols
Jason Falchook

Tim FitzHigham is a record breaking adventurer who sets off to cross the English Channel in a bath.
Catherine Cross finds herself conflicted when her young daughter faces an identity crisis. 
Noreen Riols is recruited into the world of Secret Agents on special missions during WWII.    

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.

 

A Wrestler, an Exoneree, and a Nurse

Mar 30, 2016
Tim King
Tim King

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.

Spring Fundraiser 2016

Mar 18, 2016

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

Women in the World

Mar 9, 2016
Cal Wilson
Timothy Herbert

Katie Smith struggles to survive in an abusive home. Catherine Palmer suffers a computer failure while working on her Phd. Cal Wilson is inspired by her five year old son to  take swimming lessons. Liz Allen is a kid when her house burns down. Kusum Thapa is a doctor in Nepal who advocates for victims of sexual abuse Beverly Engelman is a fiercely independent octogenarian who needs help from her neighbors after a stroke.

Alzheimer's, Russia, and Landfill

Feb 18, 2016
Charles Pugh
Charles Pugh

Lauren Slater buys what she thinks is a farm in New Hampshire but soon discovers it was once a landfill.
  Ivan Kuraev is 8 when he falls deeply in love with a classmate. 
  Ivan Kuraev ’s doting Russian grandmother gets revenge on his boyhood enemies.
  Charles Pugh ’s grandmother is the most loving and supportive person in his life until she gets Alzheimer's disease.

Zimbabwe, Camping, Goths and Grace

Feb 10, 2016
David Crabb
Victoria Baldwin

David Crabb is a lonely goth who buddies up  with a S.H.A.R.P (Skin Head Against Racial Prejudice). Petina Gappah is one of the only black students at a school in the newly-formed country, Zimbabwe.   LIz Allen is an Outward Bound guide for middle school students and has lots of trouble with a lazy 12 year old. Kate Braestrup is called to bring God to a crime scene that includes the perpetrator as well as victims.

Three Chefs and a Meal

Feb 2, 2016
Roy Choi
Braden Moran

Chris Fischer: A chef from Martha’s Vineyard prepares dinner for guests who require a secret service sweep. Evan Kleiman: An aspiring chef and the meal that almost ended it all. Abhishek Shah: A job interview over lunch turns terribly awkward. Roy Choi:  A young chef learns what it means to butcher and prepare meat for the kitchen. 

Sewing, Singing, Suits, and Cemeteries

Jan 6, 2016
Natalie Chanin
Jason Falchook

George Dawes Green : The Founder of The Moth talks about running away from home and finding refuge in a cemetery. 

Tim Gunn:  Talks about his family, their propensity to over pack and and his own packing faux pas. 

Warren Holleman: A young Baptist accompanies a friend to what turns out to be a gay bar and is deeply moved by the patron’s singing.

Maris Blechner A teacher describes her difficulties with pregnancy, the children she adopts, and her eventual work in the field of adoption. Joshua Wolf Shenk After his father barely survives a plane crash a son finally makes the connection he’s longed for his whole life. Nadia Bolz-Weber A Lutheran minister with a strong independent streak has to admit that she is terrified of heights during a bus trip.

Khalid Latif

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