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.

Ionesco, Voodoo and Therapy

Nov 25, 2015
Andy Christie

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.    

The Moth StorySlam

Nov 18, 2015
Allison Evans

John Dubuc, a “man’s man," goes to a yoga retreat and gets in touch with his inner cat.
Leah Benson finds what she thought was a love letter, but instead was the translated lyrics to “I Will Survive.” 
Kathi Kinnear Hill in 60s Portland is forbidden from entering a club pool because she is black.
Tom Herndon watches his mother run a scam at O'Hare Airport.

Beauty Queens, the LBJ Library, and Holdups

Nov 15, 2015
Sarah Bird

Tricia Coburn attends Miss Macy’s Charm School and eventually lands a modeling gig.

Sara Bird finds solace from heartbreak as a librarian at the LBJ LIbrary. 

John Lincoln is robbed twice while working the front desk of a hotel.

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.  

Theo Welling

Jessi Klein tries to find the perfect wedding dress without getting sucked into the modern bride cliché.
Al Letson travels to Malawi for a job and finds unexpected human connection in a prison.
Marco Huertas is haunted by a time he didn’t give his extra hotdog to a hungry kid.
Mary Archbold must decide between "appearing normal" and caring for her infant.

Holiday Special 2015

Oct 29, 2015

Tricia Rose Burt tries to reunite her family with Christmas ornaments.

Amy Klein is 38 and single and is told by a Rabbi in Jerusalem that she'll meet her husband by Hanukkah.

Alexandra Rosas gives her son one last gift from his grandmother.

Ted Conover, a writer working undercover as a corrections officer, witnesses New Year's Eve at Sing Sing prison.

Bible Salesmen, Ghosts, and Strippers

Oct 21, 2015
April Salazar

April Salazar learns the truth about her mother’s secret nighttime gig.
  Vincent Patrick must adhere to a strict script as a reluctant door-to-door bible salesman.
  Craig Chester doesn’t believe in psychics until they begin to predict his life with alarming accuracy.
  Tim Manley credits his mother and his imagination for keeping his spirits high while hospitalized.

Texas Hold' Em, Kin, and Cloistered Nuns

Oct 14, 2015
Flora Hogman

Annie Duke plays the most high-stakes poker game of her life, live on camera, in Las Vegas.

Stacy Keene learns that her grandfather is terminally ill just as she announces her first pregnancy.

Adam Fawer must bail his hot-headed wife out of jail after a traffic incident gets her arrested.

Flora Hogman survives the Holocaust but loses her identity while hidden in a convent with nuns.

Red Sox, Jerusalem, and Coming Home

Oct 12, 2015
Eric Becker

Jimmy Tingle bonds with his son in the midst of the first Red Sox World Series win in over 80 years.
Jason Schmidt realizes his father is not a superhero, but just a man who did his best.
Launa Lea, a worker at a community center, decides not to call the police when a sex worker pulls a knife on her.
Gretchen Waschke is evicted from her home due to her divorce.

Hand Transplant, DNA, and a Backwards Heart

Oct 6, 2015
Janna Levin

Janna Levin is an astrophysicist whose personal life seems to parallel the scientific law "opposites attract." 

Kodi Azari is a hand surgeon who describes his leadership role in one of the first-ever hand transplants in the US.

Eric S. Lander is a geneticist who is asked to testify in a murder case about DNA evidence.

Live from Boston

Oct 6, 2015
Allison Evans

Steve Osborne finds out a kid he grew up with died of a heroin overdose and has to tell his mother.
Christian McBride finally gets to play onstage with James Brown, after a lifetime of admiring the Godfather of Soul.
Mary Lou Piland falls in love with a black man and is forced to confront her own family's racism.  
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. 

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.