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The Moth
Thursday at 8pm and Sunday at 1pm

Funny. Sad. True. The Moth Radio Hour shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience.

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.

The Moth Pitch Line invites people to pitch story ideas online or through a toll-free hotline.

Today, The Moth is a nonprofit organization with ongoing programs, all of which contribute their best stories to The Moth Radio Hour: The Moth Mainstage where celebrities appear alongside unique voices from all walks of life; The Moth's StorySLAM competitions, which are open to all and rapidly expanding to cities across the country; and The Moth's community outreach program, MothShop, which brings workshops to people whose stories would otherwise go unheard.

Hugo Kohl Fine Jewelryis proud to sponsor The Moth on WMRA.

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  • 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 Tour stops include Martha's Vineyard, New York City, Manhattan, Toronto, New Haven, London, Iowa City, Tampa, Boston, Honolulu, Fort Collins, Fargo, Princeton, Austin, Atlanta, Nairobi, Portland, and Chicago with first-time stops in East Hampton, New York and Bismarck, North Dakota! "When it comes to engaging and brilliant storytelling, The Moth never disappoints." — Forbes“[The stories] range from touching to just plain hilarious.” — GQ Australia
  • In this hour, stories of time—its possibilities and its limitations. A secret room, a final basketball game, and a countdown to marriage—with no suitor in sight. Hosted by Moth director Jodi Powell. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.Storytellers:Otis Gray tries to save his relationship via a grand romantic gesture. Reina Bolds is in denial about her sister, her partner in basketball, leaving for college.Anu Senan chronicles her family's many attempts at finding her a husband. Vivian Yoon feels invisible at home and in schoolPodcast: 892
  • In this episode, a special collaboration with our friends at Ear Hustle. We invite Ear Hustle's own Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods to help host the show, play an excerpt of one of their episodes, and then share a Moth story about incarceration. Keep an eye out for the second part of our collaboration, that'll be released July 10th on the Ear Hustle feed.You can listen to Ear Hustle wherever you get your podcasts, or visit earhustlesq.com to learn more information.Hosts:Edgar Ruiz, Jr.Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods from Ear HustleStorytellers:An excerpt of the Ear Hustle podcast episode, Taxx is Tripping.Derrick Hamilton learns a lesson about the ways people deal with incarceration.Podcast: 874
  • A special live edition of The Moth -- with five stories from a night showcasing the graduates of Moth High School storytelling workshops. Join us to celebrate student stories of first kisses, culture shock, finding a niche, and baking apple cake. This hour is hosted by Moth Teaching Artist Julian Goldhagen, with additional hosting by Moth Executive Producer Sarah Austin Jenness. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.Storytellers: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.Podcast: 651
  • In this episode, we’ve got two stories of tiny crimes. Nothing horrifying happens, nobody gets hurt… it’s all the rush and mischief of trying to get away with it, without any chance of me (or you!) losing sleep.Host: Chloe SalmonStorytellers:Adriana Eraso learns some lessons about crime and business.Emily Popper sneaks into Colonial Williamsburg.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/eventsThe 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/givebackPodcast: 873
  • In this hour, stories from The Moth's SLAM Showcase - a night of storytelling do-overs for tales from The Moth's archives that needed slight tweaks or a second chance. Standing out or fading away, chance encounters, and the importance of food. This hour 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: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.Wendy Paige encounters a racist classmate in her new school.Podcast: 662
  • This week, an episode in honor of Father's Day. Moments of unexpected understanding, confrontations in cars, and a rubber chicken. This episode is hosted by Moth Senior Curatorial Producer, Suzanne Rust. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.Storytellers:Tomas Davila and his father finally connect. Single father Jeffrey Berke and his daughter tackle a medical issue together. Jill Chenault gets advice--of all kinds--from her father on car rides. Stacy Staggs goes on a search for her biological father. After her father dies, Whitney Gedden memorializes him in a unique manner he would appreciate. Podcast: 873
  • On this episode, two stories all about summer camp.Host: Amanda GarciaStorytellers:Jean Spindler organizes some pranks at summer camp.Liz Kreppel has an unfortunate run-in with lice. 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/eventsThe 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/givebackPodcast: 871
  • In this hour, stories of childhood, growing up, and growing pains. From hearing your first Bruce Springsteen song, to experiencing a cultural divide to having your heart broken wide open. This episode is hosted by Moth Senior Director Meg Bowles. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. Storytellers: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.Podcast: 642
  • In this hour, stories of being gentle and kind—to ourselves and to others. Health scares, sound baths, and friend dates. This episode is hosted by Moth Director Jodi Powell. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.Storytellers:Freida Vizel questions a big community tradition for the first time.Skeptical teen Leela Ting goes to to a sound bath.Young Marianna is her brother's secret weapon in a high stakes basketball game. James Petersen's daughter checks in on him weekly, via a dreaded phone call.When Alyssa Hursh and her boyfriend take some time apart, her friends step in to make her summer magical.Podcast: 870
  • On this episode, we share two stories about food and memory.Host: Kate TellersStorytellers:Terry Wolfisch Cole learns a lesson from her father.Michael Imber tries to become his grandmother’s “angel boy.”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/eventsThe 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/givebackPodcast: 869
  • In this hour, stories from the double helix -- genetic makeup, inherited disease, and family secrets. It's all in the DNA. This hour is hosted by Moth Artistic Director Catherine Burns. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.Storytellers: 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.Podcast: 649