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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. 

Pieces

Caption: Faye Lane, Credit: Roger Ho
A flight attendant describes how she adjusts her attitude while up in the air; a Vietnamese family is forced to flee from their home to take refuge...

Bought by KBRP Community Radio, Marfa Public Radio, WNPR, KCRW, KRCB-FM "Radio 91" and more


  • Added: May 04, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
  • Purchases: 37
Caption: Melyssa Rodriguez, Credit: Jason Falchook
A special Mother's Day edition of The Moth Radio Hour. A mother helps her daughter get her first contact lenses, an unwanted parental intervention...

  • Added: May 02, 2016
  • Length: 53:59
Caption: Melyssa Rodriguez, Credit: Jason Falchook
A special Mother's Day edition of The Moth Radio Hour. A mother helps her daughter get her first contact lenses, an unwanted parental intervention ...

Bought by KSFR, KVSC, KSUT, KGOU, WESM 91.3 FM and more


  • Added: Apr 29, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: David Chang, Credit: Jason Falchook
A special live edition of The Moth at Cooper Union in NYC, "Moth Eaten: Adventures in Food". Best-selling author Adam Gopnik and his wife have an o...

Bought by Marfa Public Radio, WNPR, Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE, KRCB-FM "Radio 91", KBRP Community Radio and more


  • Added: Apr 29, 2016
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 38
Caption: Noreen Riols, Credit: Jason Falchook
A record breaking, adventurer sets his sites on the English Channel, a seamstress becomes an advocate for her child and a young woman is recruited ...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Roald Hoffmann, Credit: Sarah Stacke
A special celebration from the world of science, from the 8th grade science fair to the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden. Hosted by ...

  • Added: Apr 11, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Elif Shafak, Credit: Sarah Stacke
A boy's Bar Mitzvah becomes a family battle ground; three literary pilgrims search for the author Paul Bowles in Morocco; and a novelist decides th...

Bought by Vermont Public Radio, Michigan Radio, PRX Remix, KCPW, KOSU and more


  • Added: Apr 04, 2016
  • Length: 53:57
  • Purchases: 48
Caption: Tim King, Credit: Jason Falchook
A little boy and his grandma attend a pro-wrestling match in 1955; a prisoner is contacted by a girl who says she’s his daughter; a high school pri...

  • Added: Mar 30, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Dana Stallard, Credit: Jason Falchook
A life-changing email arrives from an almost-stranger; a single man ventures into a gay bar in Greenwich Village in the 1970’s; an adoptee fears re...

  • Added: Mar 21, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
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Fundraising hour for stations carrying The Moth Radio Hour weekly. Includes pitch notes that you can adapt for your station. Read the full descript...

Bought by KALW, KCRW, Northeast Indiana Public Radio, WRIR, KCUR and more


  • Added: Mar 18, 2016
  • Length: 42:11
  • Purchases: 27
Caption: Sinead Burke, Credit: Mark Earley
A special live edition of The Moth in Dublin at Liberty Hall. A young woman must decide if she wants the surgery that might give her a few extra in...

  • Added: Mar 14, 2016
  • Length: 53:57
Caption: Fabrice Morvan
A woman becomes a stepmother to a dog, a tour guide in Toronto confronts racism, a mother learns the meaning of “Little pitchers have big ears”, an...

  • Added: Mar 11, 2016
  • Length: 53:57
Caption: Cal Wilson, Credit: Timothy Herbert
A special episode featuring stories from women around the world. Resilient children, computer crashes, swimming lessons, life after a house fire, s...

  • Added: Mar 09, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Ben Lillie, Credit: Jason Falchook
A special live edition of The Moth at The Players Club in NYC with Rachel Dratch, with additional hosting by Jay Allison. A physicist rethinks his ...

  • Added: Mar 02, 2016
  • Length: 53:57
Caption: Roy Choi, Credit: Braden Moran
A special hour all about FOOD. Stories from the farm and the table; complete with celebrated chefs and presidential diners. Hosted by The Moth’s Se...

  • Added: Feb 22, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
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: Feb 18, 2016
  • Length: 53:57
Caption: Tig Notaro, Credit: Micah Cordy
Comic TIg Notaro details her complicated relationship with her step-father; a New York City cop on a bust discovers the value of a mug shot; and a ...

  • Added: Feb 12, 2016
  • Length: 53:57
Caption: David Crabb, Credit: Victoria Baldwin
A goth teenager makes an unlikely friend, social upheaval in the early days of Zimbabwe, a whiney kid on an camping trip and clergy at the scene of...

  • Added: Feb 10, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Natalie Chanin, Credit: Jason Falchook
An adolescent boy leaves home and finds a peculiar new family, a fashion guru is forced to improvise, a Baptist finds himself at a gay bar and a yo...

  • Added: Feb 01, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Molly Ringwald, Credit: Jason Falchook
Molly Ringwald finds herself in the principal's office with her daughter, a young man navigates life with his single mom, a boy who loves Barbies i...

  • Added: Jan 26, 2016
  • Length: 53:57