The Moth Radio Hour

Rhythm & News: Sun • 11am-12pm

A program that celebrates authentic voices from all walks of life.  Each week, 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.  Originally formed by the writer George Dawes Green as an intimate gathering of friends on a porch in Georgia (where moths would flutter in through a hole in the screen), The Moth is a show that dances between documentary and theater creating memorable moments that celebrate what it means to be human.

Disney, Racecars, and Redsox

Sep 20, 2018
Ryan Knighton
Roger Ho

Jessi Klein has a wild time at her sister’s Disneyland wedding.
  Joe Limone is passionate about Boston’s sports teams.
  Alison Minami is the child of two hoarders.
  Ryan Knighton loses his sight as a young man, but not his passion for speed.

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.    

The Moth Fall Fundraiser 2018

Sep 14, 2018

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

Matthew McGough goes from Yankee fan to batboy.

Dante Jackson comes out of his shell at his 8th grade prom.

Michaela Murphy endures a family beach vacation.

Ivan Kuraev's grandmother has his back against bullies.

Moth Fundraising Hour Fall 2018

Sep 5, 2018

Christian McBride - A young musician gets a once in a lifetime shot at the big time.
Karen Gearon - With her fellow shopworkers at the Dunnes Stores, Karen goes on strike and sparks international interest in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. 
Dr. Mary Claire King - Discovers the inherited breast cancer gene after enduring personal heartbreak. 

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

Doctors, Saints, and Secrets

Aug 29, 2018
Siddhartha Mukherjee
Jason Falchook

Dr. George Lombardi is sent overseas to save the life of the most famous nun of all time.
  Bliss Broyard learns the hidden facts about her father’s heritage just before he dies.
  Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee describes the way his grandmother, and his native culture in India, embraced the end of life.

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.

Live from Jackson, Wyoming

Aug 27, 2018
Cristina Briones
Photo by Lindley Rust

Tara Clancy is unprepared for a conversation around sexuality with her son.

Cristina Briones faces down a housing crisis.

Terrance Flynn attempts to catch the romantic-interest of an enigmatic stranger.

Nina McConigley clings to her heritage with a safety pin and a sari.

The Moth Radio Hour: In Transit!

Aug 6, 2018
Rosanne Cash
Photo by Jason Falchook

Belal Mobarak deals with family baggage (literal and emotional) at the airport.

Ted Conover hitches a ride with his son in tow.

Rosanne Cash struggles to make life work in her new home city. 

Live from New York City

Jul 23, 2018
Barbara Collins Bowie
Photo by Jason Falchook

Micaela Blei leads a group of students down the treacherous Oregon Trail.

CJ Hunt tests his bravery during an apartment confrontation.

Nathan Englander causes a dust-up at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

Barbara Bowie finds motivation through the hardships of Jim Crow in Mississippi.

You Say Goodbye

Jul 16, 2018
Ash Bhardwaj
Photo by Aron Klein

Ash Bhardwaj is tasked with bringing his father’s remains back home to India.

Courtney Antonioli questions her marriage, but not her love.

Becca Stevens loses her son’s childhood and childhood pet to time.

Michael Such plans for his last moment.

Inner Compass

Jun 25, 2018

Phyllis Bowdwin takes on a silent assailant. Sue Steinacher fights USSR bureaucracy with dog-diplomacy. Gautam Narula is a teen when he bonds with a unique friend on death row.

Blue Men, Psychopaths, and a Bad Date

Jun 18, 2018
Rachel Dratch
Sarah Stacke

John Grady is slightly burnt out after years of performing in the legendary Blue Man Group, but a surprising audience member changes his perspective.   James Fallon, a world renowned neurosurgeon, analyzes the brain scans of the criminally insane but then identifies something in a scan a bit closer to home.    Rachel Dratch ventures into the dating world and gets a rude awakening.

I Will Be Your Father Figure

Jun 6, 2018
CJ Hunt
Photo by Braden Moran

Adrianne McGillis’ father's favorite joke lands him in the hospital.

CJ Hunt reflects on mix-tapes and memories from his past.

Blessing Digha fears she has fallen short of her father’s expectations.

Moth GrandSLAMs: Life and Death

May 22, 2018
Suzanne Barakat
Ian Tervet

Jeff Simmermon has a run in with a grouchy strap hanger on the subway. Sofija Stefanovic has a deep crush on a boy whose family is on the opposing side during the Yugoslavian wars. Tim Manley is failing as an awkward high school english teacher until the school talent show helps him find his voice. Neshama Franklin visits the Grand Canyon with her sister shortly after the death of her husband of 35 years. Colin Ryan is outed in 6th grade as a member of a bible clown group.

Alexis Chin
Photo by Jason Falchook

Mack Dryden leaves the flat marshes of Mississippi to stand atop the world.

Janice Bartley experiences the thrill and complications of first love.

Brian Gavagan trades his BMX for a helicopter for a day.

I Will Be Your Father Figure

May 14, 2018
CJ Hunt
Photo by Braden Moran

Adrianne McGillis’ father's favorite joke lands him in the hospital.

CJ Hunt reflects on mix-tapes and memories from his past.

Blessing Digha fears she has fallen short of her father’s expectations.

Domestic Affairs

Apr 30, 2018
Maxie Jones
Photo by Liz Mackinder

Gina Sampaio navigates the joys and trials of adoption. Anagha Mahajan tries to correct an eye problem with an inspirational poster. Maxie Jones sews things up with some help from his grandmother. Matty Struski clears a space with his daughter in mind. Tony Cyprien is overwhelmed on his first day outside of prison.

Live from Sydney

Apr 18, 2018
Omar Musa
Victoria Baldwin

Omar Musa travels to Malaysia and finds his roots. Dan Illic does a parody of an Australian tragedy that some felt was definitely "too soon." Suki Kim is a journalist who risks her life, posing as a teacher in an elite, North Korean school.

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.

Surviving Being Human

Apr 16, 2018
Natsha Guynes
Photo by Jason Falchook

Cynthia Shelby Lane sets her sights on a job that’s out of this world. Lemn Sissay attempts to uncover a hidden past.
Natasha Guynes desperately tries to hide her past from co-workers on The Hill.
Matt Brown confronts his insecurities in an unconventional way
Daniel Turpin deals with the aftermath of a split second decision.

The Kindness of Strangers

Apr 4, 2018

Laura Zimmermann loses herself . . . and her stuff in Portugal. David Cole does all that he can to return to sender. Niccolo Aeed faces scrutiny at the airport.  Denise Scheuermann shares a ritual of good hope. Caroline Abilat struggles to show herself kindness after the birth of her first child. Ed Gavagan is called upon to show grace to the boys who stabbed him. 

Sailing on an Alien Sea

Mar 26, 2018
Ellen Stofan
Photo by Jason Falchook

James McClintock a scientist researching at McMurdo Station, Antartica makes an interesting discovery. 
Lone Frank deep dives into personal genomics
Dhaya Lakshminarayan gets entangled in the language of math.
Ellen Stofan sets her sights on exploring an alien sea.

Confidence: Too Much, Too Little?

Mar 12, 2018
Aleeza Kazmi
Photo by Jason Falchook

Aleeza Kazmi tackles difficult questions when working on a self-portrait.

Dante Jackson comes out of his shell at his 8th grade prom.

David Crabb celebrates an anniversary with a trip to the spa.

Sam Shepard brings his personal horse to the set of “The Right Stuff.”

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