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: 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: Apr 16, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
Caption: Adam Wade, Credit: Robin Proctor
A teenage boy has a standing Saturday night date with his grandma, a young woman worries when her mother intercepts a romantic letter, a teen fac...

  • Added: Apr 16, 2014
  • Length: 53:57
Caption: Erin Barker, Credit: Sarah Stacke
A daughter realizes how naïve she’s been when she learns the truth about her mother’s pregnancy; a successful businessman reveals his childhood dre...

Bought by Marfa Public Radio, Northeast Indiana Public Radio, WNPR, KCLU, WYSO and more


  • Added: Apr 07, 2014
  • Length: 53:56
  • Purchases: 36
Caption: Richard Kind, Credit: Sarah Stacke
Novelist Walter Mosley examines the power of language to break and form bonds; an artist connects with her father when he sends her coins he finds ...

Bought by Marfa Public Radio, WNPR, WYSO, KCLU, KCRW and more


  • Added: Mar 31, 2014
  • Length: 53:56
  • Purchases: 34
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 and more


  • Added: Mar 24, 2014
  • Length: 53:58
  • Purchases: 37
Caption: Magda Szubanski, Credit: Carla Gottgens
MRH 1408 A special show featuring stories from Australia. A writer and her daughter move from Aboriginal land to an impoverished community, a lon...

  • Added: Mar 17, 2014
  • Length: 53:59
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, KBRP Community Radio and more


  • Added: Mar 10, 2014
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 38
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 03, 2014
  • 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: Feb 25, 2014
  • Length: 53:58
  • Purchases: 48
Caption: Krista Tippett, Credit: Eamon Coyne
A father of twin teenage boys finds the internet a scary place for impressionable minds; a woman circles back to appreciate her strict minister gra...

  • Added: Feb 17, 2014
  • Length: 53:56
Caption: Malic White, Credit: Mike Martens
A college student goes running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain; bicycle shopping gets complicated; a man sees warning signs on a match.com date; ...

  • Added: Feb 10, 2014
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Fred Noe, Credit: David Kasnic
A literary woman sparks a romance with a New York City fireman, Jim Beam's great-grandson describes growing up under the watchful eye of his famous...

  • Added: Feb 03, 2014
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Buddy Vanderhoop, Credit: Amanda Kowalski
A special live edition of The Moth on Martha’s Vineyard, hosted by Adam Gopnik with additional hosting by Jay Allison. A mother decides to monito...

  • Added: Jan 27, 2014
  • Length: 53:58
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...

  • Added: Jan 20, 2014
  • Length: 53:58
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: Jan 13, 2014
  • Length: 53:57
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: Jan 06, 2014
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Sherman "OT" Powell, Credit: Denise Ofelia Mangen
A retired felon remembers when he first enrolled in pickpocket school; a Mormon virgin gives us an episode of No-Sex in the City; and the victim of...

  • Added: Dec 30, 2013
  • 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; Saturday Night Live alum Rachel ...

  • Added: Dec 16, 2013
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Diana Spechler, Credit: Jason Falchook
True romance is put in jeopardy by a reality tv show; a speechwriter has an explosive show down with Bill Clinton; a woman flies cross country to h...

  • Added: Dec 09, 2013
  • Length: 53:59
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: Dec 02, 2013
  • Length: 53:57