The Moth Radio Hour

Sundays at 9 p.m.

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.

Moth 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.

1622: Veterans Day 2016

Oct 19, 2016
Abbas Mousa
Brian Powers

Ted Hartley and his fellow pilots struggle to to complete their first landings on a ship.
  Taniki Richard is forced to provide for her parents and siblings.
Abbas Mousa
flees Iraq and becomes a translator for the US Army.

Adam Ruben is at a loss when it comes to buying Christmas gifts.

Pierre Epstein is a little boy tracking the progress of his Uncle Igor's escape from Nazi-occupied France.

Ed McCarthy break sinto the house he grew up in to rescue a precious box of Christmas decorations.

Katie Fales
 grandfather is a rancher who was to rescue a bunch of stranded steer.

Catherine McCarthy finally admits she's homesick during Christmas in Thailand.

GrandSLAMS Coast to Coast

Sep 26, 2016

Fred Johnson is a soldier who won’t admit that he has PTSD.

Vivienne Anderson is a trans teen.

Pam Burrell is a college student who volunteers at a prison.

Steve Zimmer gets into a highstakes eBay bidding war.

Tony Cyprien spends 26 years in prison.

Pam Colby connects with her family in the midwest.

One Thing in Common

Sep 19, 2016
Shaykh Umar
Mark Earley

Ashok Ramasubramanian learns the joy of sharing.

Jane Green is flattered by the attention of a handsome young writer.

Shayk Umar memorizes an entire religious text and only later comes to understand it’s deeper meaning.

Cybele Abbett faces a unique parenting challenge.

Vicki Juditz
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. 

Moth Fundraising Hour Fall 2016

Aug 24, 2016
Eddie Hejka
Liz Mackinder

Ideas for scripting are included below to segue between stories, adapt for your station's approach. NPR news compatible.

Richie Disalvo invents “the baby calzone” while nervously dealing with loan sharks. Ally Mason unwittingly accepts the role of Babe, a giant blue ox in a 3rd grade play about Paul Bunyon.  Kathi Kenner Hill is denied admittance to a town pool because of her race. Eddie Hejka treats his son’s autism and learns to trust the community around him for support. 

Family, Friendship, and Mother Nature

Aug 16, 2016
Carl Pillitteri
Carl Pillitteri

Jillian Lauren found a new family when adopting a son from Ethiopia.

Etgar Keret was an Israeli soldier who discovered the power of writing after losing a friend. 

Carl Pillitteri experienced an earthquake from inside the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor.

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.  

Firemen, Bourbon, and Bathhouses

Aug 15, 2016
Fred Noe
Fred Noe

Kathy Russell Rich gets stuck in an elevator with a cute fireman.

Fred Noe, great-grandson of Jim Beam, grows up a free spirit until his dad intevenes.

Adam Gopnik comes from a long line of men who love a good shvitz.

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. 

Paul Bowles, Exile, and a Bar Mitzvah

Aug 12, 2016
Elif Shafak
Elif Shafak

Jeffrey Solomon's divorced parents fight during his Bar Mitzvah but his older sister saves the day.
Edgar Oliver takes a wild journey to Morocco to discover that he has the same bed spread as Paul Bowles.
Elif Shafak is a Turkish novelist whose determination to finish a book is finally rattled by an earthquake.

Melyssa Rodriguez
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.