Caption: Michaela Murphy, Credit: Cheyl Alford
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Michaela Murphy 

901: Bat Stretchers, Glass Eyes, and Laugh Breaks, 5/20/2014

From: The Moth
Series: The Moth Radio Hour
Length: 53:59

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A batboy for the New York Yankees goes on a wild goose chase for a left-handed bat-stretcher; an Irish Catholic family obsessed with the Kennedys dedicates a summer to spying on their idols; a comedian experiences the ultimate heartbreak; and a drill sergeant faints at the sight of blood. NOTE: One story is very emotionally intense. See content advisory. Read the full description.

Michaelamurphy_profile_small Matt McGough - “My First Day at the Yankees”: A Yankee fan's path to a job as a batboy.
Michaela Murphy - “Eye Spy”: A Irish Catholic family lovingly spies on the Kennedy compound from afar.
Anthony Griffith – “The Best of Times, The Worst of Times”: A comic must earn his living as a clown while suffering the ultimate heartbreak.
Ed Gavagan – “Golf Clubbing”: The screwball tale of the child of a tough drill sergeant who is injured on a Texas military base in the early 1970s.

Hosted by Lea Thau.

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Piece Description

Matt McGough - “My First Day at the Yankees”: A Yankee fan's path to a job as a batboy.
Michaela Murphy - “Eye Spy”: A Irish Catholic family lovingly spies on the Kennedy compound from afar.
Anthony Griffith – “The Best of Times, The Worst of Times”: A comic must earn his living as a clown while suffering the ultimate heartbreak.
Ed Gavagan – “Golf Clubbing”: The screwball tale of the child of a tough drill sergeant who is injured on a Texas military base in the early 1970s.

Hosted by Lea Thau.

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Timing and Cues

Timings include a five-minute news hole.

Billboard: 00:00 - 00:59
In cue: MUSIC "My Dad was a drill sergeant ..."
Out cue: " ...PRX.org, right after this."

INSERT NEWS HOLE:

Segment 1: 6:00 - 20:20
In cue: [MUSIC :12] "I'm Lea Thau. Welcome to the Moth Radio Hour."
Out cue: "The Moth Radio Hour is produced by Atlantic Public Media in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and presented by the PRX."

Break 1: 20:21 - 21:21

Segment 2: 21:22 - 46:37
In cue: "I'm Lea Thau, your host this week..."
Out cue: "The Moth Radio Hour is produced by Atlantic Public Media in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and presented by the Public Radio Exchange, PRX.org."

Break 2: 46:38 - 47:38

Segment 3: 48:39 - 59:00
In cue: "Welcome back to The Moth Radio Hour..."
Out cue: "...the moth dot org." [music ends]

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Uncanny Valley The Drift Memory Drawings. Temporary Residence, Ltd 2008 :00
Smoke Falls The Drift Memory Drawings. Temporary Residence, Ltd 2008 :00
Interlude Bill Frisell East West. Nonesuch 2005 :00
Land's End The Drift Memory Drawings. Temporary Residence, Ltd 2008 :00
Boubacoar Bill Frisell East West. Nonesuch 2005 :00

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