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The Moth

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Originally formed by the writer George Dawes Green as an intimate gathering of friends on a porch in Georgia (where moths would flutter in through a hole in the screen), and then recreated in a New York City living room, The Moth quickly grew to produce immensely popular events at theaters and clubs around New York City and later around the country.

The Moth Radio Hour is now available on PRX, so you can experience true stories told live on stage without scripts. Each Moth Radio Hour mixes humorous, heartbreaking, and poignant tales.  Learn more here about The Moth, the program series, storytellers and live events. 

Today The Moth has three ongoing programs, all of which contribute their very best stories to The Moth Radio Hour: The Moth Mainstage where celebrities appear alongside unique voices from all walks of life (an astronaut, an owl expert, a reformed pickpocket, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist are among the hundreds and hundreds of storytellers to date); The Moth’s StorySLAM competitions, which are open to all and rapidly expanding to cities across the country; and The Moth’s community outreach program, MothShop, which bring workshops to people whose stories would otherwise go unheard.

Come to our web site at themoth.org. 

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  • Added: Jul 01, 2015
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Rachel Dratch, Credit: Sarah Stacke
After many years in the legendary Blue Man Group, a performer makes a profound connection with an audience member; a world-renowned neuroscientist ...

  • Added: Jun 29, 2015
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Kevin Free, Credit: Sarah Stacke
A young mother is obsessed with creating an absolutely perfect life for her children;  Moth founder George Dawes Green details a bizarre interrupti...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2015
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Wanda Bullard, Credit: Denise Ofelia Mangen
A prisoner in a small town lock-up gets sprung on a promise; a man desperate for a cure for depression travels to Africa to try a tribal remedy; an...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2015
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Edgar Oliver, Credit: Sarah Stacke
A young cadet is entrusted with vital records at a military academy; a woman remembers visiting her two mysterious aunts as a child; and a civil ri...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2015
  • Length: 53:57
Caption: Edgar Oliver, Credit: Sarah Stacke
The Moth's founder, George Dawes Green, details the fireworks when his mother learns that her family plantation is slated to be turned into a theme...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2015
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Janna Levin, Credit: Sarah Stacke
A special live edition of The Moth's collaboration with The World Science Festival. An astrophysicist discovers wild parallels in her research and ...

  • Added: Jun 22, 2015
  • Length: 53:57
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David Crabb finds a video tape that his dad accidentally left in his video camera and Jia H. Jung tries to figure out what to do with her father's ...

  • Added: Jun 19, 2015
  • Length: 19:37
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Ijeoma Oluo's mother teaches her how to turn bad situations into adventures and April Salazar goes to a pro-choice rally with her stepfather.

Bought by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation


  • Added: Jun 19, 2015
  • Length: 18:47
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Rudy Rush
In this hour, a severely stuttering child years later becomes the world's premier jaguar expert. Plus, a Texas tale of moon pies and bedazzlers; t...

  • Added: Jun 10, 2015
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Jennifer Kohnhorst, Credit: Devyn Lempke
An avid skier saves the day, a caretaker gets caught up in the life of a famous 19th Century poet, a woman vacations at a fancy clothes-optional sp...

  • Added: Jun 10, 2015
  • Length: 53:57
Caption: Albert Lau
Tales from The Moth StorySLAMS: Encyclopedia Brown in the courtroom, "bible bucks" at Sunday school; a corporate speech writer, an alpha big br...

  • Added: Jun 10, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
Caption: Boris Timanovsky, Credit: Jordan Silverman
A special Father's Day edition of The Moth Radio Hour: A man who faints at the sight of blood prepares to become a father, a Russian immigrant take...

  • Added: Jun 10, 2015
  • Length: 53:57
Caption: Duff McKagan, Credit: Braden Moran
A woman attempts to cross Alaska solo with a dog sled, an Orthodox Jewish boy tests God by eating pizza, a woman in her underwear sprints past a ne...

  • Added: Jun 09, 2015
  • Length: 53:57
Caption: Flora Hogman, Credit: Sarah Stacke
Professional gambler Annie Duke details a pivotal poker game at the televised Tournament of Champions; road rage lands a  new mom in jail; a young ...

  • Added: Jun 03, 2015
  • Length: 53:59
Caption: Karen Duffin, Credit: Dare Kumolu-Johnson
A college kid has his jaw wired shut, a man receives the best gift ever from the love of his life, a young Mormon tries to extinguish her doubts, a...

  • Added: Jun 01, 2015
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Hari Kondabolu, Credit: Chris Council and Emily Champlin, Courtesy of the Aspen Institute
A mother struggles with her son's choice to have a religious wedding, a high schooler with a funny name becomes a pole vaulter, a social scientist ...

  • Added: May 27, 2015
  • Length: 53:57
Caption: Boris Timanovsky, Credit: Jordan Silverman
A special Father's Day edition of The Moth Radio Hour: A man who faints at the sight of blood prepares to become a father, a Russian immigrant take...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio, KRCU, KGLP, KWIT, KVNF and more


  • Added: May 21, 2015
  • Length: 53:57
  • Purchases: 34
Caption: Charles Pugh, Credit: Liz Mackinder
A woman makes an alarming discovery about what lies beneath the large parcel of land she just purchased, an eight-year-old immigrant learns English...

  • Added: May 18, 2015
  • Length: 53:57
Caption: Siddhartha Mukherjee, Credit: Jason Falchook
A young doctor is whisked halfway across the globe to care for an ailing international religious icon, a daughter discovers her father’s painstakin...

  • Added: May 11, 2015
  • Length: 53:55