The Moth Radio Hour

Sun 7-8 p.m.

True stories told live.

Blue Men, Psychopaths, and a Bad Date

Jun 24, 2015
Rachel Dratch

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.

Hand Transplant, DNA, and a Backwards Heart

Jun 22, 2015
Janna Levin

Janna Levin is an astrophysicist whose personal life seems to parallel the scientific law "opposites attract." 

Kodi Azari is a hand surgeon who describes his leadership role in one of the first-ever hand transplants in the US.

Eric S. Lander is a geneticist who is asked to testify in a murder case about DNA evidence.

Fathers

Jun 10, 2015
Jordan Silverman

Andrew Postman tries to train himself not to pass out as he prepares for the births of his children.
Boris Timanovsky returns to Russia and places flowers at what he hopes is his grandfather's grave. 
Annalise Raziq's new stepfather brings order and some new rules. 
Dori Samadzai Bonner and her family escape Afghanistan and seek asylum in the United States.

Pizza, Polar Bears, and Rock Stars

Jun 8, 2015
Braden Moran

Pam Flowers goes on an 11-month journey and becomes the first woman to cross Alaska solo with a dog sled.
Moshe Schulman fears retribution from God for breaking Kosher while visiting his aunt in Long Island.
Jennifer Sodini weighs the dangers of sprinting past a stranger or her neighbor in her skivvies.
Duff McKagan finds sobriety and meaning in his life after a major health scare. 

Kidneys, Undergarments, and Cabbies

May 27, 2015
Dare Kumolu-Johnson

Dan Souza has his mouth wired shut for a month and a half after having jaw surgery. 
Gil Reyes needs a kidney transplant and as his family and friends are ruled out, his boyfriend offers him a kidney. 
Karen Duffin tries to find the courage to leave her faith behind.
Sarah Bunger becomes her father’s best friend and confidant after her mother dies.
Sam Dingman had a great thing going until he crashes his taxi twice in one day.

Father's Day Special 2015

May 21, 2015
Jordan Silverman

Andrew Postman tries to train himself not to pass out as he prepares for the births of his children. Boris Timanovsky returns to Russia and places flowers at what he hopes is his grandfather's grave. 
Annalise Raziq's new stepfather brings order and some new rules. 
Dori Samadzai Bonner and her family escape Afghanistan and seek asylum in the United States.

Alzheimer's, Russia, and Landfill

May 13, 2015
Charles Pugh

Lauren Slater buys what she thinks is a farm in New Hampshire but soon discovers it was once a landfill.
  Ivan Kuraev is 8 when he falls deeply in love with a classmate. 
  Ivan Kuraev ’s doting Russian grandmother gets revenge on his boyhood enemies.
  Charles Pugh ’s grandmother is the most loving and supportive person in his life until she gets Alzheimer's disease.

Doctors, Saints, and Secrets

May 11, 2015
Siddhartha Mukherjee

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.

Mother, Mommy, Mama, Mom

Apr 29, 2015
Jason Falchook

Molly Ringwald, Queen of the underdogs, is horrified to discover that her daughter is bullying kids in school.
Anthony Griffith finds his way in life with the aid of his strong mama bear of a mother.
Julian Goldhagen attempts to make a friendship work with the tough-boy son of his mother’s best friend.
Kate Tellers tries to hold on tight to happy memories of her dying mother.

Parties, Plans, and Police

Apr 20, 2015
Allison Evans

Kevin McGeehan comes home to care for his mother who is dying of cancer and they plan one last party together.
Bruce Feiler is diagnosed with cancer and tries to make sure his daughters will be taken care of.
Steve Osborne comes to terms with losing his sick father while trying to prepare for his Lieutenants exam. 

Farms, Fish Banks, and an Iron Roof

Apr 13, 2015

Lindiwe Majele Sibanda struggles with personal eating habits while she advocates for food and nutrition security.
James Kassaga fights to earn his education and buys his grandmother the iron roof she could never afford.
Sisonke Msimang drives her friend to the doctor and learns how to listen to her words and her silences.
Jensi Sartin devises a plan to bring the fish back to Bali.

Jason Falchook

Molly Ringwald, Queen of the underdogs, is horrified to discover that her daughter is bullying kids in school.
Anthony Griffith finds his way in life with the aid of his strong mama bear of a mother.
Julian Goldhagen attempts to make a friendship work with the tough-boy son of his mother’s best friend.
Kate Tellers tries to hold on tight to happy memories of her dying mother.

Virginity, Fidelity, and Fertility

Apr 8, 2015
Elna Baker

Tina McElroy Ansa is a little girl when her father’s business goes under and her family must leave their beloved, expansive home.

Alan Rabinowitz treks through the Himalayas to study the Taron, a dying race of people, and makes discoveries about himself.
  Elna Baker must tell her Mormon parents that she has made an irreversible change in her life.  

Amputation, Al Gore, and Heroin

Mar 30, 2015
Warren Macdonald

Warren MacDonald describes the hiking accident that cost him both of his legs.
  Speechwriter Mark Katz accidentally steals a popular joke and dreads confessing to Al Gore.
  Juliet Wayne is an animation student with a death wish, who finally gets clean and finds love.

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. 

Ishmael Beah

Kimberly Reed is transgender and forced to confront her past and future when she attends her father’s funeral. 
  Ishmael Beah is the author of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier.
  Laura Revness and her family’s parrot, Pumpkin, must redefine the pecking order.
  Bobby Stoddard is young and in love, but struggles with his girlfriend’s one-year prison sentence.

Live in Dublin

Mar 11, 2015
Erin Hermosa

Colm O'Regan tells an offensive joke and realizes that sometimes in David v. Goliath situations, David is just being a jerk. Karen Gearon, with her fellow shopworkers at the Dunnes Stores, goes on strike and sparks international interest in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. Daryl McCormack was bullied growing up in Ireland because of the color of his skin. Peter Pringle fights to get a death sentence overturned.

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