Podcast

The Moth

Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of true stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. 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. Since 2008, The Moth podcast has featured many of our favorite stories told live on Moth stages around the country. For information...more

Episodes

  • The Moth Radio Hour: Astronauts, Family Tree, and Drips

    Sep 25 2018

    A special live event from Cooper Union. Andrew Solomon describes his circuitous route to becoming a dad, a cellist makes a disturbing discovery about a neighbor, and astronaut Michael J. Massimino details his high stakes mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. Hosted by Jay Allison. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. Originally podcasted: 8/6/2013 Storytellers: Andrew Solomon, Marika Hughes, and Mike Massimino Sponsored by: www.rocket...more

  • Travel Tales: Reza Jalali & Emily Matuzek

    Sep 21 2018

    In this second podcast episode featuring stories all about transformative travel, we'll hear from Reza Jalali and Emily Matuzek. Reza Jalali *returns to an unfamiliar home that's been ravaged by war. *Emily Matuzek gets ready to leave the nest, but not before she gets a few test runs in first. Sponsored by: AFAR Magazine www.rocketmortgage.com/Moth www.squarespace.com/Moth www.ziprecruiter.com/Moth

  • The Moth Radio Hour: Stepchild, Big Brother, Mugshot

    Sep 18 2018

    Comic Tig Notaro details her complicated relationship with her step-father; a New York City cop on a bust discovers the value of a mug shot; and a teenager rebels after her brother is disowned. Hosted by The Moth’s Executive Producer, Sarah Austin Jenness. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

  • Travel Tales: Emma John & T. Richard Corcoran

    Sep 14 2018

    In this special podcast episode, stories all about the transformative qualities of travel. This is the first episode of a two-part series, and this week we'll hear from Emma John and T. Richard Corcoran. Emma John brings a friend's young daughter on a trip to rekindle the magic of Venice. T. Richard Corcoran undergoes a test physical and courageous fortitude while cycling to raise funds for AIDS. Hosted by: Dan Kennedy Sponsored by: AFAR Magazine www.rocketmortgage.com/Moth www.squarespace...more

  • The Moth Radio Hour: Doctors, Saints, and Secrets

    Sep 11 2018

    A young doctor is whisked halfway across the globe to care for an ailing international religious icon, a daughter discovers her father’s painstakingly kept secret, and an oncologist raised in India describes the way death is handled in his native country. Hosted by The Moth’s Artistic Director, Catherine Burns. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. Originally podcasted: 1/15/2013 Storytellers: Bliss Broyard, Siddhartha Mukherjee, and George Lomba...more

  • The Moth Radio Hour: Live from Jackson, Wyoming

    Sep 04 2018

    In this episode, we present four stories all about coming to the precipice of catastrophe. A vicious rumor shakes the foundations of family and home, a potential romance takes a dark turn, and a woman’s heritage dangles over oblivion by a thread. Hosted by Tara Clancy in front of a live audience in Jackson, Wyoming, with additional hosting by Jay Allison. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. Storytellers: Cristina Briones, Terrance Flynn, and Nin...more

  • Eno Inwek, Caoimhe Creed & Martin Hughes

    Aug 31 2018

    On today's episode, three stories for you. Eno Inwek turns to the internet in search of a good deal. Caoimhe Creed takes a bold stand for minimum wage. Martin Hughes’ has a Christmas tradition, and standard text message rates apply. If you would like to hear more stories from The Dublin StorySLAM, featured on this podcast episode, visit their website and subscribe to The Dublin StorySLAM Podcast. Storytellers: Eno Inwek, Caoimhe Creed, and Martin Hughes. Hosted by Dan Kennedy. Sponsored by: ...more

  • The Moth Radio Hour: Prison, Princes, and Playgrounds

    Aug 28 2018

    A woman sets off in search of transformation and ends up in a harem in Bandar Seri Begawan, a teacher discovers her playground has turned into a 3rd grade war zone, singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega debates whether to take the stage at The Glastonbury Music Festival in the face of a death threat, and Damien Echols describes life after spending 18 years on death row for a crime he didn't commit. Hosted by The Moth's Senior Producer, Meg Bowles. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay All...more

  • Mischief & Mayhem: Marian Speerless and Anne Wheeler

    Aug 24 2018

    A young girl's imagination runs amok with very real world consequences, and a high school junior is forced to satisfy a sweet tooth against the doctor's wishes. Storytellers: Marian Speerless and Anne Wheeler. Hosted by Dan Kennedy. Sponsored by: www.rocketmortgage.com/Moth www.squarespace.com/Moth www.ziprecruiter.com/Moth

  • The Moth Radio Hour: Texas Hold' Em, Kin, and Cloistered Nuns

    Aug 21 2018

    Professional gambler Annie Duke details a pivotal poker game at the televised Tournament of Champions, road rage lands a new mom in jail, a young woman is about to give birth just as her grandfather is dying, and a Holocaust survivor describes hiding with cloistered nuns as a little girl during World War 2. Hosted by The Moth’s Executive Producer, Sarah Austin Jenness. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. Storytellers: Annie Duke, Stacy Keene, Ad...more

  • The Moth Radio Hour: In Transit!

    Aug 14 2018

    In this hour, we're on the move Three stories from the road, rail, and the sky. Hosted by Catherine Burns, The Moth’s Artistic Director. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. Storytellers: Belal Mobarak, Ted Conover, and Rosanne Cash. Sponsored by: www.rocketmortgage.com/Moth www.squarespace.com/Moth www.ziprecruiter.com/Moth

  • Tony Buba: The Rosary, The Vampire, and George Romero

    Aug 10 2018

    An aspiring filmmaker foregoes big city lights for blood and vampires in Pennsylvania. Storyteller: Tony Buba Hosted by Dan Kennedy Sponsored by: www.rocketmortgage.com/Moth www.squarespace.com/Moth www.ziprecruiter.com/Moth

  • The Moth Radio Hour: Moth Eaten: Adventures in Food

    Aug 07 2018

    A special live edition of The Moth at Cooper Union in NYC, "Moth Eaten: Adventures in Food". Best-selling author Adam Gopnik and his wife have an ongoing battle about the proper way to cook meat; celebrity chef David Chang shares his anxiety about receiving, and possibly losing, Michelin Stars; comedian Lisa Lampanelli tells about her hilarious and moving stint at a fitness camp. Hosted by Moth Radio Hour Producer Jay Allison. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlant...more

  • The Moth Radio Hour: Live from New York City

    Jul 31 2018

    In this hour, stories from a live Moth Mainstage in New York City. A teacher demonstrates the hard lessons of the frontier, a man's photo causes a firestorm, and a freedom rider rises in the face of the Jim Crow. Hosted by CJ Hunt. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. For photos and other extras from this episode, please visit TheMoth.org Storytellers: Micaela Blei, Nathan Englander, Barbara Bowie, and CJ Hunt. Sponsored by: www.rocketmortgag...more

  • The Moth Radio Hour: You Say Goodbye

    Jul 24 2018

    In this hour, four stories on saying farewell to family, the past, or sometimes the very earth we stand on. Hosted by Meg Bowles, The Moth’s Senior Director. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Storytellers: Ash Bhardwaj, Courtney Antonioli, Becca Stevens, and Michael Such. Sponsored by: www.rocketmortgage.com/Moth www.squarespace.com/Moth www.ziprecruiter.com/Moth

  • Becoming An Artist: Jonathan Santlofer & Bob Khosravi

    Jul 20 2018

    Jonathan Santlofer's tragedy has unexpected benefits. Bob Khosravi's wit and a war of words bridges a cultural divide. Storytellers: Jonathan Santlofer & Bob Khosravi Hosted by Dan Kennedy For more information about Jonathan Santlofer, his books, and events visit JonathanSantlofer.com Sponsored by: www.rocketmortgage.com/Moth www.squarespace.com/Moth www.ziprecruiter.com/Moth

  • The Moth Radio Hour: Language, Coins and a Proposal

    Jul 17 2018

    Novelist Walter Mosley examines the power of language to break and form bonds; an artist connects with her father when he sends her coins he finds on the street; a woman describes her harrowing rape and pursuit of stability; and an actor proposes marriage, but waits a long, long time for an answer. Hosted by The Moth's Executive Producer, Sarah Austin Jenness. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Storytellers: Flash R...more

  • Beyond the Stage with Tonya Scott Williams

    Jul 13 2018

    A few months ago, we put out a call to listeners to host their own episode of The Moth podcast for its 10th anniversary. Today we're thrilled to pass the mic over to listener Tonya Scott Williams. In this episode, Tonya chooses three of her favorite stories to share. A successful businessman reveals his childhood dream. An expecting couple rush through an unexpected trip into the night. An online connection leads to a real-world rekindling. We'll also hear from two other listeners who wrote in...more

  • The Moth Radio Hour: Inner Compass

    Jul 03 2018

    In this hour, three stories about questioning power dynamics…in the USSR, on the streets of NYC and on death row. Hosted by The Moth's Senior Producer, Jenifer Hixson. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. Storytellers: Phyllis Bowdwin, Sue Steinacher, and Gautam Narula. Sponsored by: www.rocketmortgage.com/Moth www.squarespace.com/Moth www.ziprecruiter.com/Moth

  • The Windy City Home: Bill Russell & Journey Jamison

    Jun 29 2018

    Bill Russell uses his inner-knowledge of air travel to make his way home. Journey Jamison must spring into action when death comes knocking. Storytellers: Bill Russell and Journey Jamison. Hosted by Dan Kennedy Sponsored by: www.rocketmortgage.com/Moth www.squarespace.com/Moth www.ziprecruiter.com/Moth

  • The Moth Radio Hour: Blue Men, Psychopaths, and a Bad Date

    Jun 26 2018

    After many years in the legendary Blue Man Group, a performer makes a profound connection with an audience member; a world-renowned neuroscientist identifies patterns in the brains of psychopathic killers, and Saturday Night Live alum Rachel Dratch meets a debonair man at a cocktail party and dares to think he might be Mr. Right. Hosted by The Moth's Artistic Director, Catherine Burns. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. Storytellers: John Grady...more

  • The Moth Radio Hour: I Will Be Your Father Figure

    Jun 19 2018

    In this special episode of The Moth, we listen to five stories about fathers — from embarrassing jokes to tender moments shared on the road. The Moth’s Executive Producer, Sarah Austin Jenness, also interviews the fathers in her own family. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. Storytellers: Adrianne McGillis, CJ Hunt, Blessing Digha, Lauren Thurman, and Harwood Taylor. Special thanks to Bob Baril and Eric Wenger for sharing their story pitches w...more

  • New Pride: Jill McDonough, Owen Lewis, and Bethany Cintron

    Jun 15 2018

    To celebrate Pride Month, we hear from three storytellers embarking on each of their new lives. Jill McDonough meets the girl at the rock show. Owen Lewis embraces a new moniker. Bethany Cintron yearns to go to the Pride Parade.

  • The Moth Radio Hour: Hand Transplant, DNA, and a Backwards Heart

    Jun 12 2018

    A special live edition of The Moth's collaboration with The World Science Festival. An astrophysicist discovers wild parallels in her research and romantic life; a surgeon details his involvement in one of the world's first-ever hand transplants; and a geneticist is called to testify in a murder case and lays the groundwork for DNA fingerprinting as forensic evidence. Hosted by Jay Allison. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. Storytellers: Janna...more

  • David Coven, Terin Dickerson, and David Lepelstat

    Jun 08 2018

    David Coven hears a poem that sticks with him for life. Terin Dickerson nurtures his art through a living canvas. David Lepelstat is convinced of his superhero powers until they get him into a deadly situation. Storytellers: David Coven, Terin Dickerson, and David Lepelstat. Hosted by Dan Kennedy. Sponsored by: www.rocketmortgage.com/Moth www.squarespace.com/Moth www.ziprecruiter.com/Moth