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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: Adam Wade, Credit: Jason Falchook
Slow service at a deli counter leads to an angry and regrettable outburst, a husband describes his wife’s lifelong battle with epilepsy, a teenager...

  • Added: Aug 27, 2015
  • Length: 53:57
Caption: Bethany Van Delft, Credit: Dare Kumolu-Johnson
A mother learns that her daughter has Down Syndrome, a man is addicted to cookies, an elderly woman gets a “ticket to heaven”, and a musician helps...

  • Added: Aug 27, 2015
  • Length: 53:57
Caption: Christian McBride
Fundraising hour for stations carrying The Moth Radio Hour weekly. Includes stories from Christian McBride, Karen Gearon, and Dr. Mary-Claire King,...

Bought by KCUR and WNYC


  • Added: Aug 25, 2015
  • Length: 39:44
  • Purchases: 2
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 interruptio...

  • Added: Aug 25, 2015
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Jillian Lauren, Credit: Sarah Stacke
A woman sets off in search of transformation and ends up in a harem in Bandar Seri Begawan, a teacher discovers her playground has turned into a 3r...

  • Added: Aug 20, 2015
  • Length: 53:57
Caption: Samuel James, Credit: Joseph Michael
A 5-year-old girl is caught stealing by her strict mother, a shy writer gives her first ever interview on national TV, a child gets caught in the s...

  • Added: Aug 12, 2015
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Andrew Solomon, Credit: Jason Falchook
An episode about the trials of young adulthood: A girl at summer camp tries to keep up with her sophisticated fellow campers, a writer loses a trea...

  • Added: Aug 12, 2015
  • Length: 53:57
Caption: Colm O'Regan, Credit: Erin Hermosa
A special live edition of The Moth from Dublin, Ireland, hosted by Lynn Ferguson, with additional hosting by Jay Allison. A comedian must convince ...

  • Added: Aug 12, 2015
  • Length: 53:58
Caption: Brian Finkelstein, Credit: James Michael Rotz
A counselor at a suicide hotline intervenes with a caller; a couple takes an online wedding contest very seriously; a woman tries to resist compari...

  • Added: Aug 05, 2015
  • Length: 53:59
Caption: Jamaica Kincaid, Credit: Jordan Silverman
Award-winning author and documentary filmmaker Sebastian Junger spends many years covering war and thinks that he’s come close to knowing what sol...

  • Added: Jul 29, 2015
  • Length: 53:59
Caption: Kemp Powers, Credit: Eli Goldstein
An author who treasures the art of letter-writing is spellbound by an inmate who becomes a pen pal, a man comes to terms with a personal tragedy ca...

  • Added: Jul 27, 2015
  • Length: 53:59
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: 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