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The Moth

Summary: Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of true stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. 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. Since 2008, The Moth podcast has featured many of our favorite stories told live on Moth stages around the country. For information on all of our programs and live events, visit

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 Black History Month: Emily Richmond and Maxie Jones | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:15

This week, we’re celebrating Black History Month with special guest host R. Eric Thomas. We have two stories: Emily Richmond wrestles with a grade school survey; and Maxie Jones witnesses a historic night in Harlem, NY. R. Eric Thomas recorded this episode at the Sundance Film Festival with the help of the Sundance TV team in their pop-up podcast studio. Hosted by: R. Eric Thomas Storytellers: Emily Richmond, Maxie Jones

 The Moth Radio Hour: Live in Martha’s Vineyard | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:29

A mother monitors her teen’s internet use; a preacher’s husband feels the love of community; and a deep sea fisherman navigates a deadly storm at sea. Live in Martha’s Vineyard, hosted by Adam Gopnik. Storytellers: Jenny Allen, Bill Eville, Buddy VanderhoopOriginally aired: 1/28/14

 The Moth Radio Hour: Bearing Witness | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:10

In this hour, stories of mistakes, perseverance, and lessons learned, often the hard way. Alice Schaffer, a preacher's daughter, grows up in fear of the lessons learned in Sunday school. Dawn Ross tries to adjust to life in rural Arkansas. D. Parvaz, a journalist covering the uprising in Syria, is arrested and imprisoned. Leland Melvin suffers a devastating injury that cuts short his dream of flying in space. Hosted by: Meg Bowles Storytellers: Alice Shaffer, Dawn Ross, D. Parvaz, Leland Melvin

 The Moth Radio Hour: Don't Stop The Music | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:33

In this hour, Motown, hip hop, folk and pop. Stories of the indelible impact of music on both its creators and listeners. Hosted by: Jenifer Hixson Storytellers: David Montgomery, Cal Street, Dawn Smith, Jin Au-Yeung

 Shortcuts: Lawrence Wood & Amanda Egge | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 15:57

On this week’s episode, two stories about taking shortcuts: Lawrence Wood is too honest with his book club; Amanda Egge gets creative in rehab. Hosted by: Dan Kennedy Storytellers: Lawrence Wood, Amanda Egge

 The Moth Radio Hour: Reality TV, an Egg Timer, and a Burglary | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 53:06

A romance is threatened by a reality TV show; a speechwriter has a showdown with Bill Clinton; a woman helps her aging father; and a man’s courage is put to the test in his own home.

 The Moth Radio Hour: Hearing Voices | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:24

In this hour: stories of the power of sound -- and the newness we find through listening, and trusting our ears. Hosted by The Moth's Executive Producer, Sarah Austin Jenness. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. Storytellers: Stanley Alpert, Faith Ekienabor, T Dixon, Anna Schuleit  Hosted by: Sarah Austin Jenness

 The Moth Radio Hour: Knowing How and When to Fight | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:45

In this hour, five stories of picking our battles. The internal and external pressures that guide how we speak up, speak out, or stay silent. Hosted by: Catherine Burns Stortellers: Hillary Boone, Maria Hodermarska, Ed Mabaya, Brad Lawrence and Angela Lush

 Bye-Bye New York: Emad Kiyaei | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 14:28

On this episode, Emad Kiyaei tells us about his complicated relationship with America. Storyteller: Emad Kiyaei Hosted by: Dan Kennedy

 The Moth Radio Hour: Family Photos, Grandmothers, Legos & Revenge | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:07

A family reunites around a hospital bed; a grandmother shares wisdom (and a beer) with her grandson; a third-grade teacher underestimates the power of Legos; and a bullied teen plots revenge.

 The Alpha Wolf: Elizabeth Gilbert | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:47

On this episode, writer Elizabeth Gilbert shares her struggle in dealing with her partner’s terminal illness and what it taught her about living. Storyteller: Elizabeth Gilbert Hosted by: Catherine Burns

 The Moth Radio Hour: Love, Serve and Protect | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 53:33

In this hour, stories of heroes, mentors, and our greatest supporters. A Coast Guard rescue swimmer considers his career, a lawyer learns the meaning of justice, and a songstress pens lyrics for her loved one. Rob Simpson takes us behind the scenes of life as a Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer. Sheila Calloway searches for fairness and empathy in the justice system. Beth Nielsen Chapman finds magic in the writing of a song. Storytellers: Rob Simpson, Sheila Calloway, Beth Nielsen Hosted by: Meg Bowles Sponsored by:

 The Moth Radio Hour: Holiday Special 2014: Monkeys, Megachurches, and First Elves | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:26

A special holiday edition of The Moth Radio Hour: Simon Doonan encounters challenges when called on to decorate the White House for Christmas, a man is hesitant to work with a “Hollywood” style church in his neighborhood, a Jewish girl meets Santa, and a boy thinks his dreams have finally come true when he gets an exotic pet. This hour is hosted by The Moth's Artistic Director, Catherine Burns. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Storytellers: Simon Doonan, Ophira Eisenberg, Taylor Negron, Mark Redmond Hosted by: Catherine Burns Sponsored by:

 Holiday Game Plans: Renata Sancken and Kate Tellers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 17:51

On this episode: two stories of different strategies to navigate the holiday season. Renata Sancken is nervous about her flight home for the holidays. Kate Tellers introduces her new boyfriend to her Christmas tradition. Storytellers: Renata Sancken and Kate Tellers Hosted by: Dan Kennedy Sponsored by:

 The Moth Radio Hour: Guts! Courage. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 53:31

In this hour, we present stories of the brave and the bold. Tales of risks, hard lessons and big changes that leave an indelible mark. Hosted by The Moth's Artistic Director, Catherine Burns. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. Storytellers: AJ Jacobs, Aleathia Brown, Kwong Yue Yang, Nisha Coleman, Leonard Lee Smith Hosted by: Catherine Burns


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