The Moth Radio Hour

Sun 7-8 p.m.

True stories told live.

GrandSLAMS Coast to Coast

Sep 30, 2016

Fred Johnson is a soldier who won’t admit that he has PTSD.

Vivienne Anderson is a trans teen.

Pam Burrell is a college student who volunteers at a prison.

Steve Zimmer gets into a highstakes eBay bidding war.

Tony Cyprien spends 26 years in prison.

Pam Colby connects with her family in the midwest.

One Thing in Common

Sep 19, 2016
Shaykh Umar
Mark Earley

Ashok Ramasubramanian learns the joy of sharing.

Jane Green is flattered by the attention of a handsome young writer.

Shayk Umar memorizes an entire religious text and only later comes to understand it’s deeper meaning.

Cybele Abbett faces a unique parenting challenge.

Vicki Juditz
Braden Moran

Carol Leifer is put in a panic when her "signature scent" is discontinued. 

Adrian Estrada, an Air Force veteran, describes what it's like to be a member of The Honor Guard.

Vicki Juditz seeks distraction but finds so much more in a swing dancing community.

Chris McKinlay uses his computing skills to hack into the dating site, OkCupid. 

Moth Fundraising Hour Fall 2016

Aug 24, 2016
Eddie Hejka
Liz Mackinder

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

Richie Disalvo invents “the baby calzone” while nervously dealing with loan sharks. Ally Mason unwittingly accepts the role of Babe, a giant blue ox in a 3rd grade play about Paul Bunyon.  Kathi Kenner Hill is denied admittance to a town pool because of her race. Eddie Hejka treats his son’s autism and learns to trust the community around him for support. 

Family, Friendship, and Mother Nature

Aug 16, 2016
Carl Pillitteri
Carl Pillitteri

Jillian Lauren found a new family when adopting a son from Ethiopia.

Etgar Keret was an Israeli soldier who discovered the power of writing after losing a friend. 

Carl Pillitteri experienced an earthquake from inside the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor.

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.  

Firemen, Bourbon, and Bathhouses

Aug 15, 2016
Fred Noe
Fred Noe

Kathy Russell Rich gets stuck in an elevator with a cute fireman.

Fred Noe, great-grandson of Jim Beam, grows up a free spirit until his dad intevenes.

Adam Gopnik comes from a long line of men who love a good shvitz.

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. 

Paul Bowles, Exile, and a Bar Mitzvah

Aug 11, 2016
Elif Shafak
Elif Shafak

Jeffrey Solomon's divorced parents fight during his Bar Mitzvah but his older sister saves the day.
Edgar Oliver takes a wild journey to Morocco to discover that he has the same bed spread as Paul Bowles.
Elif Shafak is a Turkish novelist whose determination to finish a book is finally rattled by an earthquake.

Melyssa Rodriguez
Jason Falchook

Chrissie Graham is a nerdy girl who needs contacts and promptly loses one. Catherine Palmer tries to micromanage her son at a school concert. Constance Mudenda is a healthcare worker with a health scare of her own. Matthew Dicks has an allergic reaction to a bee sting and needs his mother. Melissa Rodriguez grew up a foster child and then has a child of her own.

Phone Call, Flamenco, Surprise Party

Jul 6, 2016
Ray Christian
Dare Kumolu-Johnson

Auburn Sandstrom is in a dire situation and makes a call for help.  Tere Negrete is a young reporter eager to impress her boss. Daniel Judson is a rabbi who gets busted for speeding. Ray Christian is underestimated at Boy Scout.
Todd Shafer threw his wife the surprise party she never wanted. Mary Furlong Coomer falls in love with flamenco as a little girl.

Cops, Dumpster Diving, and Mental Illness

Jun 29, 2016
Amy Brill
Amy Brill

Steve Osborne and his wife fall in love with their small dog.

Elise Hunter digs into a dumpster to impress a date.

Amy Brill tries to be a perfect mother until her water breaks.

Mark Lukach deals with his wife’s debilitating mental illness.

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. 

Bulls, Bikes, Bullets, Brother

Jun 22, 2016
Malic White
Malic White

Matteson Perry “runs with the bulls” in Pamplona, Spain.
  Malic White discovers what a bicycle says about a person.
  Eric Call goes on an internet date that ends up in marriage.
  Kim Watson Brooks discovers that she has a brother.
  Andrew Solomon describes a Cambodian survivor’s recipe for healing.

Nestor Gomez
Jerry Shulman

Karen Jones discovers that her father’s lifelong depression is related to his time as a soldier at The Battle of the Bulge. Ed Gavagan is injured while playing golf and makes his tough drill sergeant father queasy. Clifton Truman Daniel joins bomb victims in Nagasaki.  Nestor Gomez tries to teach his children about fiscal responsibility by putting them to work on a grueling job.   Glenn Rockowitz gets harrowing news on the eve of the birth of his son. 

Mets, McDonalds, and a White House Secret

Jun 9, 2016
Marie Hershkowitz
Jason Falchook

Adam Mansbach writes the hit book, Go The F**k to Sleep. Marie Hershkowitz and her family are Mets superfans. Deborah Allen Carr meets a charming boy at a fast food restaurant but finds out that he’s in a gang.
Jon Lovett writes speeches for President Obama and officiates a special White House wedding.   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. 

Father's Day Special 2016

May 16, 2016

Karen Jones
Ed Gavagan
Clifton Truman Daniel
Nestor Gomez
Glenn Rockowitz

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.  

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Moth Eaten: Adventures in Food

Apr 29, 2016
David Chang
David Chang

Adam Gopnik and his wife love cooking but cannot find compromise in their opposite stances on meat: well-done versus rare.  David Chang is face to face with the head of the Michelin guide at his famous restaurant, Momofuko Ko.  Lisa Lampanelli wants to jumpstart a healthier lifestyle with a visit to a wellness camp, but finds everything about it less than agreeable.

Chrissie Graham is a nerdy girl who needs contacts and promptly loses one. Catherine Palmer tries to micromanage her son at a school concert. Constance Mudenda is a healthcare worker with a health scare of her own. Matthew Dicks has an allergic reaction to a bee sting and needs his mother. Melissa Rodriguez grew up a foster child and then has a child of her own.

A Wrestler, an Exoneree, and a Nurse

Mar 30, 2016
Tim King
Tim King

Richard Price bonds with his pro-wrestling-loving grandmother in 1955.  Rickie Johnson gets a letter from his long last daughter while in prison.  Tim King forms a strong bond with a student who changes his life. Merlixse Ventura is an intern on a pediatric oncology unit.  Lydia Velez encounters a patient’s unusual wound.

Spring Fundraiser 2016

Mar 18, 2016

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

Maris Blechner A teacher describes her difficulties with pregnancy, the children she adopts, and her eventual work in the field of adoption. Joshua Wolf Shenk After his father barely survives a plane crash a son finally makes the connection he’s longed for his whole life. Nadia Bolz-Weber A Lutheran minister with a strong independent streak has to admit that she is terrified of heights during a bus trip.

Khalid Latif

Ernesto Quinonez

Peter Jakubowski

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.

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.

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