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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: Boris Timanovsky, Credit: Jordan Silverman
A special Father's Day edition of The Moth Radio Hour: A man who faints at the sight of blood prepares to become a father, a Russian immigrant take...

  • Added: May 21, 2015
  • Length: 53:57
Caption: Hari Kondabolu, Credit: Chris Council and Emily Champlin, Courtesy of the Aspen Institute
A secular 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 sc...

  • Added: May 20, 2015
  • Length: 53:57
Caption: Charles Pugh, Credit: Liz Mackinder
A woman makes an alarming discovery about what lies beneath the large parcel of land she just purchased, an eight-year-old immigrant learns English...

  • Added: May 18, 2015
  • Length: 53:57
Caption: Siddhartha Mukherjee, Credit: Jason Falchook
A young doctor is whisked halfway across the globe to care for an ailing international religious icon, a daughter discovers her father’s painstakin...

  • Added: May 11, 2015
  • Length: 53:55
Caption: Molly Ringwald, Credit: Jason Falchook
Molly Ringwald finds herself in the principal's office with her daughter, a young man navigates life with his single mom, a boy who loves Barbies i...

  • Added: Apr 29, 2015
  • Length: 53:57
Caption: Piper Kerman, Credit: Sarah Stacke
When a beloved patient’s cancer returns, a psychologist confesses that she is at a loss for words, an inmate at a women’s prison describes the surp...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2015
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Steve Osborne, Credit: Allison Evans
A son plans the party of a lifetime for his mother, a cancer patient seeks out the men who have shaped his identity, and a little boy visits his Li...

  • Added: Apr 20, 2015
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Sisonke Msimang
All of the storytellers in this hour are New Voices Fellows from the Aspen Institute. A leading advocate for food security must reassess her own re...

  • Added: Apr 13, 2015
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Molly Ringwald, Credit: Jason Falchook
Molly Ringwald finds herself in the principal's office with her daughter, a young man navigates life with his single mom, a boy who loves Barbies i...

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  • Added: Apr 08, 2015
  • Length: 53:57
  • Purchases: 28
Caption: Elna Baker, Credit: Sarah Stacke
A special live edition of The Moth at Town Hall in NYC with Garrison Keillor, with additional hosting by Jay Allison. A woman describes how her fat...

  • Added: Apr 08, 2015
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Warren Macdonald, Credit: Sarah Stacke
A hiker is pinned underneath a refrigerator-sized boulder deep in the wilderness, a speechwriter describes his most challenging assignment ("Make A...

  • Added: Mar 30, 2015
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Ishmael Beah, Credit: Sarah Stacke
A high school quarterback leaves Montana as a promising son and returns years later to reveal a shocking secret; a boy from Sierra Leone describes ...

  • Added: Mar 23, 2015
  • Length: 53:58
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: Mar 11, 2015
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: June Cross, Credit: Sarah Stacke
A young woman is told to keep her heritage a secret...by her mother; a reckless partier gets shipwrecked and has to sober up enough to save the day...

  • Added: Mar 09, 2015
  • Length: 53:59

  • Added: Mar 09, 2015
  • Length: 02:37
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Jennifer Kohnhorst, Credit: Devyn Lempke
An avid skier saves the day, a caretaker gets caught up in the life of a famous 19th Century poet, a woman vacations at a fancy clothes-optional sp...

  • Added: Mar 02, 2015
  • Length: 53:57
Caption: Simon Doonan, Credit: Sarah Stacke
Writer and bon vivant, Simon Doonan, sets out on a mission to fulfill a childhood desire; a secret finally catches up with a suburban housewife and...

  • Added: Feb 18, 2015
  • Length: 53:57
Caption: Tina McElroy Ansa, Credit: Sarah Stacke
A hair stylist recalls accompanying his father on hunting expeditions in Alabama, a young journalist carefully sets the stage to make her first rom...

  • Added: Feb 11, 2015
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Frederick Hauck, Credit: Greta Rybus
A special live edition of The Moth at the State Theatre in Portland, Maine, hosted by Dan Kennedy, with additional hosting by Jay Allison. A high s...

  • Added: Feb 09, 2015
  • Length: 53:57
Caption: Ryan Knighton, Credit: Jessica Taves
A blind man goes on an adventure to test his senses, a woman navigates the dos and don’ts of widowhood, and a humanitarian rescue worker is forced ...

  • Added: Feb 02, 2015
  • Length: 53:58