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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: 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: Feb 25, 2015
  • Length: 53:57
Caption: Simon Doonan, Credit: Sarah Stacke
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...

  • Added: Feb 18, 2015
  • Length: 53:57
Caption: Tina McElroy Ansa, Credit: Sarah Stacke
A hair stylist recalls accompanying his father on hunting expeditions in Alabama, a young journalist carefully sets the stage to make her first rom...

  • Added: Feb 11, 2015
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Frederick Hauck, Credit: Greta Rybus
A special live edition of The Moth at the State Theatre in Portland, Maine, hosted by Dan Kennedy, with additional hosting by Jay Allison. A high s...

  • Added: Feb 09, 2015
  • Length: 53:57
Caption: Ryan Knighton, Credit: Jessica Taves
A blind man goes on an adventure to test his senses, a woman navigates the dos and don’ts of widowhood, and a humanitarian rescue worker is forced ...

  • Added: Feb 02, 2015
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Ijeoma Oluo, Credit: Heather Immor
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 wo...

  • Added: Jan 26, 2015
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Hasan Minhaj, Credit: Christan Leonard
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 ha...

  • Added: Jan 20, 2015
  • Length: 53:59
Caption: Danyel Smith
A woman decides whether she's a wig person or a scarf person while undergoing chemotherapy, a magazine editor is confronted by rapper Foxy Brown, a...

  • Added: Jan 09, 2015
  • Length: 53:57
Caption: Amy Brill, Credit: Jason Falchook
A tough New York City cop gets a small, fluffy dog; a college student tries dumpster diving; a Brooklyn mom has to deviate from her birth plan; an...

Bought by WAMC, KUHF, and Northstate Public Radio


  • Added: Jan 08, 2015
  • Length: 53:58
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Wendy Suzuki, Credit: Jason Falchook
A special live edition of The Moth from the 2014 World Science Festival in New York City. A doctor who studies memory is confronted with her own fa...

  • Added: Jan 06, 2015
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Steve Burns, Credit: Amanda Kowalski
Popular Moth storyteller Tom Shillue hosts this hour. The star of the kids TV show Blue's Clues details his complicated relationship with fame. A ...

  • Added: Dec 15, 2014
  • Length: 53:59
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: Dec 15, 2014
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Carl Pillitteri, Credit: Jason Falchook
A woman finds an unexpected new family when she adopts a son, a bad soldier learns to write from personal loss, and a man is working at a nuclear p...

  • Added: Dec 08, 2014
  • Length: 53:59
Caption: Ed Koch, Credit: Sarah Stacke
Double amputee Aimee Mullins chronicles her adventures with prosthetic legs as an athlete, actress, and artist; the mother of a bullied teen tells ...

  • Added: Nov 26, 2014
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Taylor Negron, Credit: Joshua Bushueff
A special holiday edition of The Moth Radio Hour: Simon Doonan encounters challenges when called on to decorate the White House for Christmas, a ma...

  • Added: Nov 25, 2014
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Taylor Negron, Credit: Joshua Bushueff
A special holiday edition of The Moth Radio Hour: Simon Doonan encounters challenges when called on to decorate the White House for Christmas, a ma...

Bought by WNIN, KHNS, KZYX, KSKQ, WLPR and more


  • Added: Nov 25, 2014
  • Length: 53:58
  • Purchases: 48
Caption: Jay Martel, Credit: Braden Moran
A man reluctantly inherits a 40 pound statue, a child feels responsible for her father’s troubles, and a documentary filmmaker gets obsessed with s...

  • Added: Nov 24, 2014
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Bokara Legendre, Credit: Amanda Kowalski
A special live edition of The Moth on Martha’s Vineyard, hosted by Jenny Allen with additional hosting by Jay Allison. The first African American G...

  • Added: Nov 12, 2014
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Jon Levin, Credit: Christian Weber
A socialite turned social activist inherits her mother's hunting trophy collection; Tony Hendra takes us on the set of the groundbreaking and hilar...

  • Added: Nov 05, 2014
  • Length: 53:59
Caption: Dawn Seymour
A special Veterans Day edition of The Moth Radio Hour. After returning from active duty in the Middle East, a marine searches for new meaning; a 97...

  • Added: Oct 29, 2014
  • Length: 53:57