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The Moth Radio Hour
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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. 

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  • To err is human—and in this hour, we explore humanity in all its imperfections. Lost baggage, Kool Aid mishaps, and not eating enough fruit. This episode is hosted by Jay Allison, producer of The Moth Radio Hour. Storytellers: Maxie Jones gives in to peer pressure and faces the wrath of his mother. Kate Oliver's determination to impress her partner's family backfires and leaves her in distress. James Fitzgerald is hell bent on watching Power Rangers. At the age of 24, Beau Davis prepares himself for his first airplane journey. Diana Thompson finds herself in a Scottish dancing group, at her mother’s insistence.
  • On this episode, we share two stories all about how hair can connect us. As a note, Imogen Wall’s story talks about someone experiencing the suicide of a loved one, if that subject is difficult for you, you might want to skip that story. If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, you can call 988 in the US for free and confidential support. Host: Marc Sollinger Storytellers: Heather Rae looks to a wayward band of strangers to help get her keys out of the car that is locked and running. Imogen Wall finds connection and comfort in a hair salon. If you’d like to share your own story, or would just love to hear some incredible live storytelling, check out a Story Slam near you: https://themoth.org/events The Moth would like to thank its listeners and supporters. Stories like these are made possible by community giving. If you’re not already a member, please consider becoming one or making a one-time donation today at themoth.org/giveback
  • In this hour, stories of looking backward to forge ahead. Seeking justice for heinous crimes decades old, memories flooding back during a chance encounter, and reconciling darkness during a joyous time. This hour is hosted by The Moth's former Artistic Director, Catherine Burns. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. Storytellers: Journalist Jerry Mitchell takes on notorious members of the Ku Klux Klan. Reyna Grande finds kinship with a man seeking asylum in the US. In her journey to start a family, Sarah Jane Johnson also finds herself facing her past.
  • In this hour, stories of beauty—internal, skin-deep, and previously undiscovered. This episode is hosted by Moth Senior Director Jenifer Hixson. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. Storytellers: George Dawes Green encounters many characters while working on a crisis hotline. Archy Jamjun wants to be beautiful like his sister. Annette Herfkens survives a plane crash.
  • On this episode, we share two stories from one of the best places to hear a live story, New Orleans. Host: Sarah Austin Jenness Storytellers: Emilie Bahr deals with some pants issues, with the help of her father. Emily Richmond wrestles with a grade school survey. Whether you’re in New Orleans or not, if YOU’D like to share your own story, or would just love to hear some incredible live storytelling, check out a Story Slam near you: https://themoth.org/events The Moth would like to thank its listeners and supporters. Stories like these are made possible by community giving. If you’re not already a member, please consider becoming one or making a one-time donation today at themoth.org/giveback
  • A special live edition of The Moth, brought to you from the Victoria Theater in Dayton, Ohio. Conscious uncoupling, a livestock auction, new perspectives, and Darth Vader. This hour is hosted by Dame Wilburn with additional hosting by Jay Allison, producer of The Moth Radio Hour. Storytellers: Sara Rabidoux-Kelsey has a unique living arrangement with her ex. Dame Wilburn has a startling encounter with Darth Vader. 16 and pregnant, Jackie Andrews must find a way out of financial hardship. Anthony Brinkley finds his perspective changed after being the victim of a racially-motivated attack.
  • In this hour, stories of finding your people—on the basketball court, behind the bar, or on the street. This episode is hosted by Moth Director Chloe Salmon. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. Storytellers: At the age of 50, Harwood Taylor returns to basketball with a new team. Julia Cadieux's college bartending job isn't what she expected. Sandra Kwawu finds comfort in a celebration with her friends and family. When Jose Faus is commissioned to paint a mural, he finds inspiration all around him.
  • On this episode, we share two stories, one meta, and one about a mountain music festival. Host: Gabriel Szajnert Storytellers: Liza Cooper tells a story… about telling a moth story. Jim Winship finds healing at a mountain-music festival. If YOU’D like to share your own story, or would just love to hear some incredible live storytelling, check out a Story Slam near you: https://themoth.org/events The Moth would like to thank its listeners and supporters. Stories like these are made possible by community giving. If you’re not already a member, please consider becoming one or making a one-time donation today at themoth.org/giveback
  • In this episode, stories of outsiders, being at odds, and discomfort. A man feels more at home with machines than people, a young girl encounters a teacher who doesn't understand her, and a man becomes an unwilling participant on his father's hunting trip. This hour is hosted by The Moth's Senior Director Jenifer Hixson. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. Storytellers: John Elder Robison is an adult when he is diagnosed with Asperger's. Renee Watson and her classmates band together to take on their teacher. Jon Bennett, a vegetarian, goes on a hunting trip with his father.
  • This week, a special episode of The Moth, live from the Union Chapel in London. Stories of holding on and letting go. Adventures in low-stakes crime, military training, and family trees. This episode is hosted by Jon Goode, with additional hosting by Jay Allison, producer of this show. Storytellers: Altar boy Kevin McDonnell idolizes the Six Million Dollar Man. Jon Goode must take a swim test to become a marine. Runa takes a journey into her family history. Nick Ullett describes his (mis)adventures on the path towards adoption.
  • If you enjoy the stories you hear on The Moth Podcast then come experience the magic of true stories told live in-person at a Moth Mainstage show near you! The Moth Mainstage features five storytellers and a notable host who all share true tales–centered on a common theme—live and without notes! Tickets are on sale now at themoth.org/mainstage "When it comes to engaging and brilliant storytelling, The Moth never disappoints." — Forbes “[The stories] range from touching to just plain hilarious.” — GQ Australia Moth Mainstage Winter/Spring Tour Schedule: Jan 27th: San Juan, Puerto Rico Jan 30th: Anchorage, Alaska Feb 7th: Cincinnati, Ohio - SOLD OUT Feb 8th: Cincinnati, Ohio - SOLD OUT Feb 24th: Big Sky, Montana Feb 28th: Bellingham, Washington Feb 29th: Harlem, New York Mar 1st: Jackson Hole, Wyoming Mar 2nd: Portsmouth, New Hampshire Mar 16th: Johannesburg, South Africa Mar 20th: Brooklyn, New York Mar 22nd: Charlottesville, Virginia Mar 23rd: Tarrytown, New York Apr 2rd: Los Angeles, California Apr 3rd: London, United Kingdom Apr 4th: Santa Barbara, California Apr 24th: Greenwich Village, New York Apr 25th: Charleston, South Carolina Apr 26th: Traverse City, Michigan May 9th: Eugene, Oregon June 12th: Brooklyn, New York
  • On this episode, we’re turning the episode over to Ray Christian, a storyteller, historian, and valued member of the Moth family. We’re playing one of our favorite episodes from his podcast, “What’s Ray Saying,” and we just know you’ll love it. You can find “What’s Ray Saying” wherever you get your podcasts, or click on this link: https://pod.link/1097310592