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The Moth

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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), and then recreated in a New York City living room, The Moth quickly grew to produce immensely popular events at theaters and clubs around New York City and later around the country.

The Moth Radio Hour is now available on PRX, so you can experience true stories told live on stage without scripts. Each Moth Radio Hour mixes humorous, heartbreaking, and poignant tales.  Learn more here about The Moth, the program series, storytellers and live events. 

Today The Moth has three ongoing programs, all of which contribute their very best stories to The Moth Radio Hour: The Moth Mainstage where celebrities appear alongside unique voices from all walks of life (an astronaut, an owl expert, a reformed pickpocket, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist are among the hundreds and hundreds of storytellers to date); 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 bring workshops to people whose stories would otherwise go unheard.

Come to our web site at themoth.org. 

Pieces

Caption: Colm O'Regan, Credit: Erin Hermosa
A special live edition of The Moth from Dublin, Ireland, hosted by Lynn Ferguson, with additional hosting by Jay Allison. A comedian must convince ...

  • Added: Aug 16, 2017
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Brian Finkelstein, Credit: James Michael Rotz
A counselor at a suicide hotline intervenes with a caller; a couple takes an online wedding contest very seriously; a woman tries to resist compari...

  • Added: Aug 14, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
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*Fundraising hour for stations carrying The Moth Radio Hour weekly. Includes pitch notes that you can adapt for your station.* In this hour, a ma...

Bought by KANW, Georgia Public Broadcasting, KSKA, WAMU, WYSO and more


  • Added: Aug 09, 2017
  • Length: 47:40
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Sarah Bird, Credit: Roger Ho
A special live edition of The Moth at The Paramount Theater in Austin, Texas. A small town girl from Alabama attends charm school and gets ‘discove...

  • Added: Aug 02, 2017
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Vin Shambry, Credit: Photo by Christian Leonard
In this hour, stories about looking for home. A homeless child lives under a tree; a woman finds her birth mother; an activist fights against home ...

  • Added: Jul 27, 2017
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Hari Kondabolu, Credit: Chris Council and Emily Champlin, Courtesy of the Aspen Institute
A mother struggles with her son's choice to have a religious wedding, a high schooler with a funny name becomes a pole vaulter, a social scientist ...

  • Added: Jul 12, 2017
  • Length: 53:56
Caption: Pilar Siman, Credit: Photo by Jacquelin Reyna
In this hour, a man serves up cocktails with extra flavor; a young ballerina fills a delicate role with force; food helps to bridge a cultural gap;...

  • Added: Jul 11, 2017
  • Length: 53:57
Caption: Ali Al Abdullatif
In this hour, Doctors, Judgements and Dictators! Stories of Patriot Games both on and off the field, huge decisions in the face of life and death; ...

  • Added: Jul 05, 2017
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Hasan Minhaj, Credit: Photo by Christian Leonard
In this hour, four stories about the mistakes we make. A young girl enters a school talent show; a boy learns some family secrets when his mom retu...

  • Added: Jun 30, 2017
  • Length: 53:56
Caption: Michael Massimino, Credit: Jason Falchook
A special Live edition of The Moth at Lincoln Center in New York City in partnership with The World Science Festival. Hosted by Adam Gopnik with ad...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2017
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Jamaica Kincaid, Credit: Jordan Silverman
Award-winning author and documentary filmmaker Sebastian Junger spends many years covering war and thinks that he’s come close to knowing what sol...

  • Added: Jun 21, 2017
  • Length: 53:59
Caption: Tara Clancy, Credit: Allison Evans
In this hour we’ll travel around the country to hear stories from our live open mic StorySLAM events: Louisville, Kentucky; San Francisco; Burlingt...

  • Added: Jun 14, 2017
  • Length: 53:57
Caption: Jessi Klein
In this special twentieth anniversary hour, a look back at special stories and moments throughout The Moth’s 20 years. The inventor of the Baby Cal...

  • Added: Jun 02, 2017
  • Length: 53:57
Caption: Jason Schmidt, Credit: Eric Becker
A father bonds with his son over baseball, a boy realizes that his single father is not a superhero, a worker gets a knife pulled on her at a homel...

  • Added: May 24, 2017
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Victor Levenstein
In this hour, a man fights street noise with poetry; a mother of three journeys to find true north; and a book lover faces danger in the Soviet Uni...

  • Added: May 23, 2017
  • Length: 53:57
Caption: Karan Chopra, Credit: Photo by Caroline Lacey
In this special episode celebrating fathers, a man embraces his father's music; a new dad has a breakdown in the grocery store; a young father stru...

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, WYAP, WLPR, KRCB-FM "Radio 91", KUNM and more


  • Added: May 15, 2017
  • Length: 53:57
  • Purchases: 20
Caption: Samuel Lewis Lee, Credit: Jason Falchook
A special edition of The Moth Radio Hour dedicated to Mothers. A woman who has never wanted children suddenly questions her choice, a little girl g...

  • Added: May 08, 2017
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Duff McKagan, Credit: Braden Moran
A woman attempts to cross Alaska solo with a dog sled, an Orthodox Jewish boy tests God by eating pizza, a woman in her underwear sprints past a ne...

  • Added: May 03, 2017
  • Length: 53:57
Caption: Samuel Lewis Lee, Credit: Photo by Jason Falchook
A special edition of The Moth Radio Hour dedicated to Mothers. A woman who has never wanted children suddenly questions her choice, a little girl g...

Bought by WVBI-LP, KRCB-FM "Radio 91", KMUN, WXXI, KTXK and more


  • Added: Apr 20, 2017
  • Length: 53:58
  • Purchases: 28
Caption: Jane Otai, Credit: Photo by Jason Falchook
In this hour, more stories from women across the world. A group of daughters bear the weight of a family death; a young girl is told to keep her re...

  • Added: Apr 17, 2017
  • Length: 53:58