The Moth Radio Hour

Sun 7-8 p.m.

True stories told live.

Ionesco, Voodoo and Therapy

Nov 25, 2015
Andy Christie

Michael Rips finds himself undermined by French absurdist theater.

Ava K. Jones is a Voodoo Priestess who loves The New Orleans Saints.

Andy Christie’s relationship with his therapist intensifies.

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.

Holiday Special 2015

Oct 29, 2015

Tricia Rose Burt tries to reunite her family with Christmas ornaments.

Amy Klein is 38 and single and is told by a Rabbi in Jerusalem that she'll meet her husband by Hanukkah.

Alexandra Rosas gives her son one last gift from his grandmother.

Ted Conover, a writer working undercover as a corrections officer, witnesses New Year's Eve at Sing Sing prison.

Bible Salesmen, Ghosts, and Strippers

Oct 21, 2015
April Salazar

April Salazar learns the truth about her mother’s secret nighttime gig.
  Vincent Patrick must adhere to a strict script as a reluctant door-to-door bible salesman.
  Craig Chester doesn’t believe in psychics until they begin to predict his life with alarming accuracy.
  Tim Manley credits his mother and his imagination for keeping his spirits high while hospitalized.

Texas Hold' Em, Kin, and Cloistered Nuns

Oct 14, 2015
Flora Hogman

Annie Duke plays the most high-stakes poker game of her life, live on camera, in Las Vegas.

Stacy Keene learns that her grandfather is terminally ill just as she announces her first pregnancy.

Adam Fawer must bail his hot-headed wife out of jail after a traffic incident gets her arrested.

Flora Hogman survives the Holocaust but loses her identity while hidden in a convent with nuns.

PTSD, Lost Art, and The Berlin Wall

Sep 9, 2015
Nathan Englander

Ed Gavagan is nearly stabbed to death by a gang, then loses his job and his home while working through PTSD. Nathan Englander is still a teenager when he heads to Europe hoping to witness the fall of Communism in East Berlin. Ellie Lee suffers an enormous setback in the making of her documentary but gets inspired, years later, to try again. 

Astronauts, Family Trees, and Drips

Sep 9, 2015
Marika Hughes

Andrew Solomon becomes a family man, despite some challenges.
Marika Hughes finds herself surrounded by death in a Brooklyn apartment.
Michael J. Massimino is an NASA astronaut who services The Hubble Space Telescope.

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.

Moth Fundraising Hour Fall 2015

Aug 25, 2015

Christian McBride - A young musician gets a once in a lifetime shot at the big time.
Karen Gearon - With her fellow shopworkers at the Dunnes Stores, Karen goes on strike and sparks international interest in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. 
Dr. Mary Claire King - Discovers the inherited breast cancer gene after enduring personal heartbreak. 

Ideas for scripting are included below to segue between stories, adapt for your station's approach. NPR news compatible. 

Prison, Princes, and Playgrounds

Aug 12, 2015
Jillian Lauren

Jillian Lauren boards a plane for Brunei in search of a modern day fairy tale. Micaela Blei is an elementary school teacher trying to control a group of third-grade warmongers on the playground. Suzanne Vega's life is threatened hours before taking the stage at the Glastonbury Music Festival. Damien Echols, one of the West Memphis Three, talks about serving 18 years on death row for a crime he did not commit.

Epilepsy, Roast Beef, and Adoption

Jul 8, 2015
Adam Wade

Adam Wade loses his temper at the supermarket deli counter.
  Peter Aguero stands by helpless while doctors diagnose a seizure in his epileptic wife.
  Susan Kent is in denial about being pregnant until she delivers Baby Girl.
  Steven Puente is a social worker who tries to take a teenage client out for ice cream in the wrong neighborhood.

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. 

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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