The Moth Radio Hour

Sun 7-8 p.m.

True stories told live.

The Moth Fall Fundraiser 2018

Sep 14, 2018

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

Matthew McGough goes from Yankee fan to batboy.

Dante Jackson comes out of his shell at his 8th grade prom.

Michaela Murphy endures a family beach vacation.

Ivan Kuraev's grandmother has his back against bullies.

Moth Fundraising Hour Fall 2018

Sep 5, 2018

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. 

Live from Jackson, Wyoming

Aug 27, 2018
Cristina Briones
Photo by Lindley Rust

Tara Clancy is unprepared for a conversation around sexuality with her son.

Cristina Briones faces down a housing crisis.

Terrance Flynn attempts to catch the romantic-interest of an enigmatic stranger.

Nina McConigley clings to her heritage with a safety pin and a sari.

The Moth Radio Hour: In Transit!

Aug 6, 2018
Rosanne Cash
Photo by Jason Falchook

Belal Mobarak deals with family baggage (literal and emotional) at the airport.

Ted Conover hitches a ride with his son in tow.

Rosanne Cash struggles to make life work in her new home city. 

You Say Goodbye

Jul 24, 2018
Ash Bhardwaj
Photo by Aron Klein

Ash Bhardwaj is tasked with bringing his father’s remains back home to India.

Courtney Antonioli questions her marriage, but not her love.

Becca Stevens loses her son’s childhood and childhood pet to time.

Michael Such plans for his last moment.

Live from New York City

Jul 23, 2018
Barbara Collins Bowie
Photo by Jason Falchook

Micaela Blei leads a group of students down the treacherous Oregon Trail.

CJ Hunt tests his bravery during an apartment confrontation.

Nathan Englander causes a dust-up at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

Barbara Bowie finds motivation through the hardships of Jim Crow in Mississippi.

Inner Compass

Jun 25, 2018

Phyllis Bowdwin takes on a silent assailant. Sue Steinacher fights USSR bureaucracy with dog-diplomacy. Gautam Narula is a teen when he bonds with a unique friend on death row.

Blue Men, Psychopaths, and a Bad Date

Jun 18, 2018
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 12, 2018
Janna Levin
Sarah Stacke

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.

I Will Be Your Father Figure

Jun 6, 2018
CJ Hunt
Photo by Braden Moran

Adrianne McGillis’ father's favorite joke lands him in the hospital.

CJ Hunt reflects on mix-tapes and memories from his past.

Blessing Digha fears she has fallen short of her father’s expectations.

Moth GrandSLAMs: Life and Death

May 22, 2018
Suzanne Barakat
Ian Tervet

Jeff Simmermon has a run in with a grouchy strap hanger on the subway. Sofija Stefanovic has a deep crush on a boy whose family is on the opposing side during the Yugoslavian wars. Tim Manley is failing as an awkward high school english teacher until the school talent show helps him find his voice. Neshama Franklin visits the Grand Canyon with her sister shortly after the death of her husband of 35 years. Colin Ryan is outed in 6th grade as a member of a bible clown group.

Alexis Chin
Photo by Jason Falchook

Mack Dryden leaves the flat marshes of Mississippi to stand atop the world.

Janice Bartley experiences the thrill and complications of first love.

Brian Gavagan trades his BMX for a helicopter for a day.

I Will Be Your Father Figure

May 14, 2018
CJ Hunt
Photo by Braden Moran

Adrianne McGillis’ father's favorite joke lands him in the hospital.

CJ Hunt reflects on mix-tapes and memories from his past.

Blessing Digha fears she has fallen short of her father’s expectations.

Three Chefs and a Meal

May 9, 2018
Braden Moran

Chris Fischer: A chef from Martha’s Vineyard prepares dinner for guests who require a secret service sweep. Evan Kleiman: An aspiring chef and the meal that almost ended it all. Abhishek Shah: A job interview over lunch turns terribly awkward. Roy Choi:  A young chef learns what it means to butcher and prepare meat for the kitchen. 

Domestic Affairs

Apr 30, 2018
Maxie Jones
Photo by Liz Mackinder

Gina Sampaio navigates the joys and trials of adoption. Anagha Mahajan tries to correct an eye problem with an inspirational poster. Maxie Jones sews things up with some help from his grandmother. Matty Struski clears a space with his daughter in mind. Tony Cyprien is overwhelmed on his first day outside of prison.

Women in the World

Apr 25, 2018
Cal Wilson
Timothy Herbert

Katie Smith struggles to survive in an abusive home. Catherine Palmer suffers a computer failure while working on her Phd. Cal Wilson is inspired by her five year old son to  take swimming lessons. Liz Allen is a kid when her house burns down. Kusum Thapa is a doctor in Nepal who advocates for victims of sexual abuse Beverly Engelman is a fiercely independent octogenarian who needs help from her neighbors after a stroke.

Surviving Being Human

Apr 24, 2018
Natsha Guynes
Photo by Jason Falchook

Cynthia Shelby Lane sets her sights on a job that’s out of this world. Lemn Sissay attempts to uncover a hidden past.
Natasha Guynes desperately tries to hide her past from co-workers on The Hill.
Matt Brown confronts his insecurities in an unconventional way
Daniel Turpin deals with the aftermath of a split second decision.

The Kindness of Strangers

Apr 20, 2018

Laura Zimmermann loses herself . . . and her stuff in Portugal. David Cole does all that he can to return to sender. Niccolo Aeed faces scrutiny at the airport.  Denise Scheuermann shares a ritual of good hope. Caroline Abilat struggles to show herself kindness after the birth of her first child. Ed Gavagan is called upon to show grace to the boys who stabbed him. 

Live from Sydney

Apr 18, 2018
Omar Musa
Victoria Baldwin

Omar Musa travels to Malaysia and finds his roots. Dan Illic does a parody of an Australian tragedy that some felt was definitely "too soon." Suki Kim is a journalist who risks her life, posing as a teacher in an elite, North Korean school.

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.

Global Stories of Women and Girls

Apr 18, 2018
Esther Ngumbi
Photo by Jason Falchook

Mary Hamilton gets married to an unconventional man.

Esther Ngumbi hides an act of defiance from her mother.

Jon Howe re-commits to his ailing wife.

Emely Recinos struggles with her diminishing eye-sight.

Zimbabwe, Camping, Goths and Grace

Apr 2, 2018
Victoria Baldwin

David Crabb is a lonely goth who buddies up  with a S.H.A.R.P (Skin Head Against Racial Prejudice). Petina Gappah is one of the only black students at a school in the newly-formed country, Zimbabwe.   Liz Allen is an Outward Bound guide for middle school students and has lots of trouble with a lazy 12 year old. Kate Braestrup is called to bring God to a crime scene that includes the perpetrator as well as victims.

Bathtub Sailor, Seamstress, Spy

Mar 27, 2018
Noreen Riols
Jason Falchook

Tim FitzHigham is a record breaking adventurer who sets off to cross the English Channel in a bath.
Catherine Cross finds herself conflicted when her young daughter faces an identity crisis. 
Noreen Riols is recruited into the world of Secret Agents on special missions during WWII.    

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.

 

Sailing on an Alien Sea

Mar 26, 2018
Ellen Stofan
Photo by Jason Falchook

James McClintock a scientist researching at McMurdo Station, Antartica makes an interesting discovery. 
Lone Frank deep dives into personal genomics
Dhaya Lakshminarayan gets entangled in the language of math.
Ellen Stofan sets her sights on exploring an alien sea.

Confidence: Too Much, Too Little?

Mar 20, 2018
Aleeza Kazmi
Photo by Jason Falchook

Aleeza Kazmi tackles difficult questions when working on a self-portrait.

Dante Jackson comes out of his shell at his 8th grade prom.

David Crabb celebrates an anniversary with a trip to the spa.

Sam Shepard brings his personal horse to the set of “The Right Stuff.”

The Moth Spring Fundraiser 2018

Mar 1, 2018
Wendy Suzuki
Photo by Jason Falchook

Abhishek Shah has a job interview over lunch that turns terribly awkward.

Wendy Suzuki is moved to change the culture of her family when confronted with her father’s memory loss.

Vin Shambry goes to outdoor school and feels like a kid again.

Mary Kate O'Flanagan takes charge and responsibility at a funeral.

Neil Gaiman
Mark Arrigo

Neil Gaiman: Details his punk rock beginnings and how his wife finally got him to sing on stage again.
  Matt Day: Visits a famous cemetery in London and meets a homeless man who masquerades as a vampire.
  Bisi Alimi: Loses his best friend to AIDS and in his honor decides to speak out publicly about his own diagnosis.
  Christina Lamb: A war correspondent under fire in Afghanistan talks about dodging bullets and being a mother.

Edward Hejka
Liz Mackinder

Dame Wilburn is told that she is cursed and decides to try and lift the curse herself.

Tina Zimmerman is on the cusp of empty-nest syndrome when an accident helps her decide that she wants to become a minister.

Eddie Hejka’s son Sammy is autistic and very determined to meet Oscar the Grouch.

Michelle Fecteau houses an enthusiastic history buff on a pilgrimage to learn more about the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire.

Sewing, Singing, Suits, and Cemeteries

Feb 21, 2018
Jason Falchook

George Dawes Green : The Founder of The Moth talks about running away from home and finding refuge in a cemetery. 

Tim Gunn:  Talks about his family, their propensity to over pack and and his own packing faux pas. 

Warren Holleman: A young Baptist accompanies a friend to what turns out to be a gay bar and is deeply moved by the patron’s singing.

In The Name Of Love

Feb 14, 2018
Photo by Sean Carter
Suzie Afridie

Suzie Afridi is given an ultimatum: family or love.

Dan Larsen comes to appreciate what it means to be lucky.

Gabrielle Shea finds love with the help of Common and Questlove from the Roots.

Jim Obergefell takes on a supreme fight to fulfill his husband’s last wish.

Young Adults

Jan 29, 2018
Christine Gentry
Photo by Allison Evans

Muthoni Garland sneaks out to see a band.

Joann Kielar is followed on her way home from work.

Moses Storm is the subject of a high school senior project.

Laura Gilbert troubleshoots the code of love.

Diamante Ortiz brings a vibrant change to her look and life.

Christine Gentry has boy-troubles, thanks to her father.

Javier Morillo faces some ugly memories while preparing for his 30th high school reunion.

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