The Moth Radio Hour

Saturdays Noon - 1 p.m., 8-9 p.m.

The Moth is true stories, told live and without notes. The Moth celebrates the ability of stories to honor both the diversity and commonality of human experience, and to satisfy a vital human need for connection. It seeks to present recognized storytellers among established and emerging writers, performers and artists and to encourage storytelling among communities whose stories often go unheard.

The Peabody Award-winning The Moth Radio Hour features The Moth’s most beloved tellers, chosen from across The Moth’s programs, and explores the stories behind the stories. Each hour mixes humorous and heartbreaking tales told with honesty, bravery, and wit. 

Ways to Connect

Fear Factor

Sep 28, 2020
Henry Cromett

Zaena Tessema's mother invokes a mysterious figure to control her children.  Diane Kastiel gets unexpected and unwanted news.  Bruce Lee teaches Tito Chavez-Nguyen how to find his way in a new school. Patricia Aro is scared that her children will ask her about death.  Chelsea Shorte is pulled over for the first time while masculine presenting. Rufus May fears his own experience with mental health issues will keep him from being a clinical psychologist. 

Put to the Test

Sep 17, 2020
Catherine Fox

Living on the 44th floor, Lucy Danser has to face her fear of elevators.  Albert Fox Cahn finds unexpected motivation to turn his health crisis around.  Quratulain Fatima grows up refusing to take no for an answer. Tim FitzHigham takes on 10 world record holders. 

Live from Boston

Sep 2, 2020
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.

The Games We Play

Aug 31, 2020
Kerry Tasker

Joey Garfield is invited to play with the cool kids. 
Tod Kelly seeks justice for a decades-old prank.
Romy Negrin and her Latin Club compete in the highest division.
Tahmin Ullah risks her relationship with her mom when she takes up running. 
Abhishek Shah hatches a plan to win over his fiancée's family.

Millionaire Hot Seat, Monkey, Assassin

Aug 19, 2020
Carla Gottgens

Melissa Lucashenko - After a divorce, a writer and her troubled daughter are living close to the bone but receive a windfall.
  Paul Carter - A tough oil rig worker adopts an orphaned monkey.
  Magda Szubanski A famous Australian actress is troubled by a paparazzi shot of her in her “bathers” but considers her father’s quiet courage as a rebel in Nazi-occupied Poland.

Changes of Heart

Aug 13, 2020
Nkechi Chibueze

Andrea Collier finds out what happens when her life goes off-script.

Damon Young questions his sense of self based on the power of a racial slur.

Huwe Burton relies on his father's support while serving time for a crime he didn't commit.

People, Problems, Places

Aug 10, 2020
Dare Kumolu-Johnson

Ray Christian struggles to realize his dream of graduating from law school.

Alyssa Ladd is embarrassed to run into familiar faces while working at a Michaels craft store.

Nestor Gomez is stuck driving an unruly Uber passenger during rush hour.

Steven Carr is given a photo collage from his mother of he and his "friend."

Melanie Kostrezwa learns her daughter must undergo a craniotomy.  

The Moth Fall 2020 Fundraiser

Aug 6, 2020
Jason Falchook

Dame Wilburn is told that she is cursed and decides to try and lift the curse herself.

Laura Hitchcock is entrusted with her teacher's prized trumpet.

5 year old Mohammed Zeeshan Nayeemuddin has an adventure on his way home from school.

Ashley Johnson moves to LA to pursue her dream of acting.

Regrets, I've Had a Few

Jul 31, 2020
Jason Falchook

Alfonso Lacayo gets a bad haircut.

Noreen King's fib goes too far.

David Watson Mwabila questions his culture's perception of disability

Megan McNally makes an assumption about her grandmother.

Nadia Hakim remembers her last time in Iran.

Robert Hallett gets a call from NASA.

Sword Fight, Hip Hop, Amnesia, Berlin

Jul 27, 2020
Photo by Renee Rosensteel

Cole Kazdin dreams of forgetting her past.

Simon Bill's
love for antique swords proves useful.
Chenjerai Kumanyika
becomes a hip hop star.

James Shuter finds himself in Germany near the Cold War's end. 

Rooted in the Past

Jul 15, 2020
Jason Falchook

After a trip to Senegal's Door of No Return, Hannah Drake tries to piece together a family history obliterated by slavery.  
Craig Mangum explores his relationship to Mormonism and it's sacred garments. 
Luanne Sims has to grow up fast when she gets her first real job.
Dan Ariely is called upon to help a fellow burn survivor. 

More Women In The World

Jul 13, 2020
Photo by Jason Falchook

Mary Kate O'Flanagan takes charge and responsibility at a funeral.

Gail Breslow is confronted about her religion at a school in Germany.

Ally Mason relunctantly fills a role in a school play.

Bess Stillman struggles with the difficulties of being a doctor.

Aryana Rose falls in love with a younger man.

Jane Otai takes action after suffering loss.

Live at Town Hall, New York

Jul 6, 2020
Allan Onderchain

Simon Doonan tries out for The Devil Wears Prada but realizes they were interested in more than his acting.

Kemp Powers contemplates what makes his son so sensitive.

Lynn Ferguson is advised to terminate a pregnancy.

Play it Again, SLAM!

Jun 29, 2020
Jason Falchook

Gabby Shea wants to impress her boyfriend's family with her macaroni and cheese.

Jon Novick reveals what his every day existence is like as a Little Person in New York City.

Annie Tan has trouble connecting with her father across a language barrier and physical distance.

Carl Banks draws upon his past to help a desperate young man on a bridge.

Anoush Froundijian is cast in a bit part in the Armenian version of Beauty and the Beast.

Everything's Bigger in Texas

Jun 17, 2020
Kathie Tam

Alyssa Ladd attempts to be the "best Christian" at her Evangelical summer camp.
Chris Gorman adopts a dog that's been marked "unwanted."
At 12 years old, Robert Holguin infiltrates a NASA press conference. 
Christopher Scott's life is changed forever when he answers a friend’s call for help.

Mismatch, Marriage, and a Marathon

Jun 15, 2020
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.

Voicing Tough Truths

Jun 8, 2020
Bob Sweeney

David Litt channels his alter ego, "Lips," while working as a presidential speechwriter. Nimisha Ladva sees the subtle ways her mother defies the patriarchal structure of her extended family. Alexis Barton learns nothing good happens after midnight. Sharon Salzberg's meditation teacher encourages her to use her voice and past experience to help others

A Nobel Path

Jun 1, 2020
Sarah Stacke

Sarah Schlesinger talks about the internship at Rockefeller University that led to meeting her lifelong mentor and friend. Robin Frankel attends the Nobel Ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden as the guest of a Nobel Laureate. Deirdre Bowen tells a story of competing in her school’s science fair and her struggles to impress her scientist father. Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffmann tells of his harrowing childhood during WWII.

How You See Me

May 22, 2020

Enrique García Naranjo is stopped by border patrol. Aydrea Walden realizes her classmates see her differently. Miles Crabtree tries out for his school's production of "How the West Was Won." Kimberly Rose sees herself disappearing in her marriage.
Jessi Klein lands what she thinks is her dream job.

Love, Faith and Money

May 18, 2020
Mike Martens

Shannon Cason comes face to face with his gambling addiction.
  Prinna Boudreau becomes the focus of a police investigation after the loss of her infant daughter.
  Christof Koch  questions his belief in God while working with Francis Crick.

Autumn Stein

Isobel Connelly grows up feeling like the stupid girl. Saya Shamdasani feels caught between two cultures.  David Lepelstat is nervous about his first kiss.  Luna Azcurrain and her grandfather create a Thanksgiving tradition.   Beth Gebresilasie tries to protect herself from her family's constant moving. 

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.

Skin Tight Genes

Apr 27, 2020
Deborah Martin

Mike Birbiglia works to get healthy and mitigate his bad genes.

Carmen Rita Wong uncovers the complicated layers of her family's past.

Beth Bucher makes a hard decision to protect her health.

When applying for a green card, Paul Nurse discovers a family secret.

Holding On, Digging Out & Hanging Up

Apr 20, 2020
Jason Falchook

Angela Dohrmann goes whole-hog during a Wendy's giveaway.  Lobsterman Jason Lemos fights for survival in the frigid Atlantic.  Zellia Fossett learns something new about herself through her work as a customer care agent. 

Wedding Jitters and Kindergarten Battle Prep

Apr 13, 2020

Lauren Slater sees her boyfriend in a different light after a basement fire.

Colin Channer is a kid in Jamaica with a deep love for comic books.

Aubrey Edwards has her creativity nourished by two grandmothers. 

Chris Gilbert is prepared to fight for his kindergartner.

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. 

Heroes, Icons & Superstars

Mar 30, 2020

Valerie Walker has a chance encounter with a life long idol.

Songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman makes music with a country music icon.

Danny Artese gets not only a signature but a mentor when he attends a book signing.

Elyse McInerney learns her hero may be a lot closer to her than she realized.

Bassist Christian McBride gets a chance to play with a Jazz legend. 

Hitchhiking, a Mosh Pit, and Iggy Pop

Mar 23, 2020
Sarah Stacke

Erin Barker learns why her mother’s pregnancy is not good news for her father.
Alvin Hall grew up on a small farm on the Florida Panhandle where Viewmaster slides of exotic lands fueled his imagination.
Paul Teodo is hitchhiking in Chicago when his hot temper helps him out of a profoundly dangerous situation.
Sam Thurman’s eyeglasses are knocked off his head at a punk rock concert.
Ameera Chowdhury is a teenager and thrilled when punk icon Iggy Pop begins to correspond with her.

Wigs, Wigouts, and Insurance

Mar 16, 2020

Jenny Allen is diagnosed with cancer and is forced to make a decision when she starts chemotherapy.

Danyel Smith is confronted by a musician who didn't like an article she wrote for Vibe Magazine.

Stephanie Peirolo fights with an insurance company while her son is in a coma. 

When We Were Young

Mar 9, 2020
Tim Ouillette

Sarfraz Manzoor discovers life lessons in the lyrics of Bruce Springsteen. Oanh Ngo Usadi and her family arrive in Texas from Vietnam with high hopes and an American Dream. Max García Conover finds faith in an unexpected place.