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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 on all of our programs and live events, visit

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The Moth Radio Hour: Occasional Magic

In this hour, stories of moments of beauty, awe, and clarity uncovered amidst chaos and the quotidian. 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. The Moth’s third book, Occasional Magic, is now available wherever you buy your books.

Hosted by: Catherine Burns

Storytellers: Chenjerai Kumanyika,Edgar Oliver, Matt McArthur, Sofija Stefonovic 

Mar 19, 2019
Occasional Magic: Ana Del Castillo

On this week's episode, we're celebrating the release of the Moth's third book, Occasional Magic. Listen to Ana Del Castillo tell her story of finding her light again after a harrowing family trauma. Find Occasional Magic anywhere you buy your books March 19.

Hosted by: Dan Kennedy

Storyteller: Ana Del Castillo

Mar 15, 2019
The Moth Radio Hour: Open Adoption, Tin Foil Dinosaurs, & the Imam

A teenager discovers she is pregnant; a waiter fields a strange request; a child breaks the teacher’s rules; and an Imam becomes a chaplain in the New York City Police Department.

Hosted by: Jennifer Hixson

Storytellers: Carly Johnstone, Sam Mullins, Steve Zimmer, Khalid Latif

Originally aired: 11/19/13

Mar 12, 2019
The Moth Radio Hour: In Famiglia

In this hour, stories dealing with all things family: from sibling hi-jinx, to the difficulties of having children (and parents). The Moth Radio Houris produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. 

Storytellers:Kay Elmsley Weeden, Marjace Miles, Bob Baril, Jahvannia Darling, Qing Zhao, Carmen Putnam 

Hosted by: Jay Allison

Mar 06, 2019
International Women's Month: Alexandra Rochester & Kendi Nderitu

On this week’s episode, we’re celebrating International Women’s Month with two stories: Alexandra Rochester teams up with Taylor Swift and Katy Perry while giving skiing lessons; and Kendi Nderitu looks to escape the village life.

Hosted by: Dan Kennedy

Storytellers: Alexandra Rochester, Kendi Nderitu

Mar 01, 2019
The Moth Radio Hour: Cartoons, Cleanups, and Close Calls

A jack-of-all-trades enters a cartoon contest, a teacher’s pet is invited to do a special project, a girl from Queens learns to think big, and a woman walking alone at night faces her worst fears.

Storytellers: Matt Difee, Tara Clancy, Ijeoma Oluo, Nancy Finton

Hosted by: Jennifer Hixson

Feb 26, 2019
Black History Month: Emily Richmond and Maxie Jones

This week, we’re celebrating Black History Month with special guest host R. Eric Thomas. We have two stories: Emily Richmond wrestles with a grade school survey; and Maxie Jones witnesses a historic night in Harlem, NY. R. Eric Thomas recorded this episode at the Sundance Film Festival with the help of the Sundance TV team in their pop-up podcast studio.

Hosted by: R. Eric Thomas

Storytellers: Emily Richmond, Maxie Jones

Feb 22, 2019
The Moth Radio Hour: Live in Martha’s Vineyard

A mother monitors her teen’s internet use; a preacher’s husband feels the love of community; and a deep sea fisherman navigates a deadly storm at sea. Live in Martha’s Vineyard, hosted by Adam Gopnik.

Storytellers: Jenny Allen, Bill Eville, Buddy Vanderhoop

Originally aired: 1/28/14

Feb 19, 2019
The Moth Radio Hour: Bearing Witness

In this hour, stories of mistakes, perseverance, and lessons learned, often the hard way. Alice Schaffer, a preacher's daughter, grows up in fear of the lessons learned in Sunday school. Dawn Ross tries to adjust to life in rural Arkansas. D. Parvaz, a journalist covering the uprising in Syria, is arrested and imprisoned. Leland Melvin suffers a devastating injury that cuts short his dream of flying in space.

Hosted by: Meg Bowles

Storytellers: Alice Shaffer, Dawn Ross, D. Parvaz, Leland Melvin

Feb 12, 2019
The Moth Radio Hour: Don't Stop The Music

In this hour, Motown, hip hop, folk and pop. Stories of the indelible impact of music on both its creators and listeners.

Hosted by: Jenifer Hixson

Storytellers: David Montgomery, Cal Street, Dawn Smith, Jin Au-Yeung

Feb 05, 2019
Shortcuts: Lawrence Wood & Amanda Egge

On this week’s episode, two stories about taking shortcuts: Lawrence Wood is too honest with his book club; Amanda Egge gets creative in rehab.

Hosted by: Dan Kennedy

Storytellers: Lawrence Wood, Amanda Egge

Feb 01, 2019
The Moth Radio Hour: Reality TV, an Egg Timer, and a Burglary

A romance is threatened by a reality TV show; a speechwriter has a showdown with Bill Clinton; a woman helps her aging father; and a man’s courage is put to the test in his own home.

Hosted by: Meg Bowles

Storytellers: Diana Spechler, Mark Katz, Tamara Jenkins, David Ullendorff

Originally aired: 12-10-2013

Jan 29, 2019
The Moth Radio Hour: Hearing Voices

In this hour: stories of the power of sound -- and the newness we find through listening, and trusting our ears. 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: Stanley Alpert, Faith Ekienabor, T Dixon, Anna Schuleit 

Hosted by: Sarah Austin Jenness

Jan 22, 2019
The Moth Radio Hour: Knowing How and When to Fight

In this hour, five stories of picking our battles. The internal and external pressures that guide how we speak up, speak out, or stay silent.

Hosted by: Catherine Burns

Stortellers: Hillary Boone, Maria Hodermarska, Ed Mabaya, Brad Lawrence and Angela Lush

Jan 15, 2019
Bye-Bye New York: Emad Kiyaei

On this episode, Emad Kiyaei tells us about his complicated relationship with America.

Storyteller: Emad Kiyaei

Hosted by: Dan Kennedy

Jan 11, 2019
The Moth Radio Hour: Family Photos, Grandmothers, Legos & Revenge

A family reunites around a hospital bed; a grandmother shares wisdom (and a beer) with her grandson; a third-grade teacher underestimates the power of Legos; and a bullied teen plots revenge.

Jan 08, 2019
The Alpha Wolf: Elizabeth Gilbert

On this episode, writer Elizabeth Gilbert shares her struggle in dealing with her partner’s terminal illness and what it taught her about living.

Storyteller: Elizabeth Gilbert

Hosted by: Catherine Burns

Jan 04, 2019
The Moth Radio Hour: Love, Serve and Protect

In this hour, stories of heroes, mentors, and our greatest supporters. A Coast Guard rescue swimmer considers his career, a lawyer learns the meaning of justice, and a songstress pens lyrics for her loved one. Rob Simpson takes us behind the scenes of life as a Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer. Sheila Calloway searches for fairness and empathy in the justice system. Beth Nielsen Chapman finds magic in the writing of a song.

Storytellers: Rob Simpson, Sheila Calloway, Beth Nielsen

Hosted by: Meg Bowles

Sponsored by:

Jan 01, 2019
The Moth Radio Hour: Holiday Special 2014: Monkeys, Megachurches, and First Elves

A special holiday edition of The Moth Radio Hour: Simon Doonan encounters challenges when called on to decorate the White House for Christmas, a man is hesitant to work with a “Hollywood” style church in his neighborhood, a Jewish girl meets Santa, and a boy thinks his dreams have finally come true when he gets an exotic pet. This hour is 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 in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Storytellers: Simon Doonan, Ophira Eisenberg, Taylor Negron, Mark Redmond

Hosted by: Catherine Burns

Sponsored by:

Dec 25, 2018
Holiday Game Plans: Renata Sancken and Kate Tellers

On this episode: two stories of different strategies to navigate the holiday season. Renata Sancken is nervous about her flight home for the holidays. Kate Tellers introduces her new boyfriend to her Christmas tradition.

Storytellers: Renata Sancken and Kate Tellers

Hosted by: Dan Kennedy

Sponsored by:

Dec 21, 2018
The Moth Radio Hour: Guts! Courage.

In this hour, we present stories of the brave and the bold. Tales of risks, hard lessons and big changes that leave an indelible mark. 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: AJ Jacobs, Aleathia Brown, Kwong Yue Yang, Nisha Coleman, Leonard Lee Smith

Hosted by: Catherine Burns

Dec 18, 2018
Unexpected Gifts: Zanele Chisholm & Isabel DeBre

On this episode, two stories of unexpected gifts. Tis the season, right? These stories are not exactly TRADITIONAL gifts…Zanele Chisholm learns who she is when others learn her name, and Isabel DeBre’s family gets an unconventional pet.

Storytellers: Zanele Chisholm and Isabel DeBre

Hosted by: Dan Kennedy

Dec 14, 2018
The Moth Radio Hour: Doctors, Prom, and Ellen

A high schooler encounters racism when he tries to go to prom, a young woman is afraid to tell her grandmother that she is gay, an English woman has to answer a tough question on her US citizenship test, and a doctor must make a life and death decision for his mother. Hosted by The Moth's Producing Director, Sarah Austin Jenness. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Storytellers: Hasan Minhaj, Catherine Smyka, Mel Dockery, Jeremy Orvik

Hosted by: Sarah Austin Jenness

Dec 11, 2018
The Moth Radio Hour: Two Weddings and a Prison Break

Writer and bon vivant, Simon Doonan, sets out on a mission to fulfill a childhood desire; a secret finally catches up with a suburban housewife and mother; a college drop out finds himself in the unlikeliest of places and a young woman sets out to sabotage the wedding of the man she loves. Hosted by The Moth's Curatorial Producer, Meg Bowles. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Storytellers: Simon Doonan, Marie Walsh, Carlos Kotkin, Jill Donnelly

Hosted by: Meg Bowles

Dec 04, 2018
World AIDS Day: Shakirah Namwanje & Jamie Brickhouse

2018 is the year Nelson Mandela would have turned 100. This episode is dedicated to the values he fought for: promoting equity, community service, education for all, and to the ongoing fight to end HIV/AIDS. Jamie experiences prejudice from his dental hygienist when she learns he has HIV. Traumatized after learning of her HIV status, Shakirah comes to recognize the support system that had grown around her.

And a word of caution: Shakirah’s story involves mention of physical abuse.

Storytellers: Shakirah Namwanje and Jamie Brickhouse

Hosted by Dan Kennedy

Sponsored by:

Nov 30, 2018