The Moth

The Moth Podcast

Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of true stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. Moth storytellers stand alone, under a spotlight, with only a microphone and a roomful of strangers. The storyteller and the audience embark on a high-wire act of shared experience which is both terrifying and exhilarating. Since 2008, The Moth podcast has featured many of our favorite stories told live on Moth stages around the country. For information on all of our programs and live events, visit themoth.org.

The Moth Radio Hour: Knowing How and When to Fight
In this hour, five stories of picking our battles. The internal and external pressures that guide how we speak up, speak out, or stay silent. Hosted by: Catherine Burns Stortellers: Hillary Boone, Maria Hodermarska, Ed Mabaya, Brad Lawrence and Angela Lush...

Bye-Bye New York: Emad Kiyaei
On this episode, Emad Kiyaei tells us about his complicated relationship with America. Storyteller: Emad Kiyaei Hosted by: Dan Kennedy...


The Alpha Wolf: Elizabeth Gilbert
On this episode, writer Elizabeth Gilbert shares her struggle in dealing with her partner’s terminal illness and what it taught her about living. Storyteller: Elizabeth Gilbert Hosted by: Catherine Burns...

The Moth Radio Hour: Love, Serve and Protect
In this hour, stories of heroes, mentors, and our greatest supporters. A Coast Guard rescue swimmer considers his career, a lawyer learns the meaning of justice, and a songstress pens lyrics for her loved one. Rob Simpson takes us behind the scenes of life as a Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer. Sheila Calloway searches for fairness and empathy in the justice system. Beth Nielsen Chapman finds magic in the writing of a song. Storytellers: Rob Simpson, Sheila Calloway, Beth Nielsen Hosted by: Meg Bowles Sponsore...

The Moth Radio Hour: Holiday Special 2014: Monkeys, Megachurches, and First Elves
A special holiday edition of The Moth Radio Hour: Simon Doonan encounters challenges when called on to decorate the White House for Christmas, a man is hesitant to work with a “Hollywood” style church in his neighborhood, a Jewish girl meets Santa, and a boy thinks his dreams have finally come true when he gets an exotic pet. This hour is hosted by The Moth's Artistic Director, Catherine Burns. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media in Woods Hole, Massachusetts....


Holiday Game Plans: Renata Sancken and Kate Tellers
On this episode: two stories of different strategies to navigate the holiday season. Renata Sancken is nervous about her flight home for the holidays. Kate Tellers introduces her new boyfriend to her Christmas tradition. Storytellers: Renata Sancken and Kate Tellers Hosted by: Dan Kennedy Sponsored by: www.universalpictures.com/movies/welcome-to-marwen www.bostonbeer.com/ www.royalcaribbean.com/...

The Moth Radio Hour: Guts! Courage.
In this hour, we present stories of the brave and the bold. Tales of risks, hard lessons and big changes that leave an indelible mark. Hosted by The Moth's Artistic Director, Catherine Burns. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. Storytellers: AJ Jacobs, Aleathia Brown, Kwong Yue Yang, Nisha Coleman, Leonard Lee Smith Hosted by: Catherine Burns...

Unexpected Gifts: Zanele Chisholm & Isabel DeBre
On this episode, two stories of unexpected gifts. Tis the season, right? These stories are not exactly TRADITIONAL gifts…Zanele Chisholm learns who she is when others learn her name, and Isabel DeBre’s family gets an unconventional pet. Storytellers: Zanele Chisholm and Isabel DeBre Hosted by: Dan Kennedy...


The Moth Radio Hour: Doctors, Prom, and Ellen
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 has to answer a tough question on her US citizenship test, and a doctor must make a life and death decision for his mother. Hosted by The Moth's Producing Director, Sarah Austin Jenness. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. Storytellers: Hasan Minhaj, Catherine Smyka, Mel Dockery, Jeremy Orvik Hosted by: Sarah Aust...

The Moth Radio Hour: Two Weddings and a Prison Break
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 mother; a college drop out finds himself in the unlikeliest of places and a young woman sets out to sabotage the wedding of the man she loves. Hosted by The Moth's Curatorial Producer, Meg Bowles. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. Storytellers: Simon Doonan, Marie Walsh, Carlos Kotkin, Jill Donnelly Hosted by...

World AIDS Day: Shakirah Namwanje & Jamie Brickhouse
2018 is the year Nelson Mandela would have turned 100. This episode is dedicated to the values he fought for: promoting equity, community service, education for all, and to the ongoing fight to end HIV/AIDS. Jamie experiences prejudice from his dental hygienist when she learns he has HIV. Traumatized after learning of her HIV status, Shakirah comes to recognize the support system that had grown around her. And a word of caution: Shakirah’s story involves mention of physical abuse. Storytellers: Shakirah N...


The Moth Radio Hour: Second Chances
In this hour, we present four stories of getting another shot. Tales of tenacity, unexpected fortune, and redemption in moments both great and small. Hosted by The Moth's Executive Producer, Sarah Austin Jenness. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. Storytellers: Joshua Blau, Navrioska Mateo, Faith Salie, Sherman “OT” Powell Sponsored by: www.mrsfields.com/ www.theglenlivet.com/moth www.gillette.com/ www.bostonbeer.com/...

Dinner with Wonder Woman: Adam Linn
Adam Linn discovers the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Storyteller: Adam Linn Hosted by Dan Kennedy Sponsored by: www.mrsfields.com/ www.theglenlivet.com/moth www.gillette.com/ www.bostonbeer.com/...

The Moth Radio Hour: Ionesco, Voodoo and Therapy
A high school student in Nebraska tries to bluff his way through a French assignment, a Voodoo Priestess tries to help the New Orleans Saints get to the Superbowl, and a man starts to believe his psychiatrist is a real flirt. Hosted by The Moth’s Artistic Director, Catherine Burns. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. Storytellers: Michael Rips, Ava K. Jones, Andy Christie. Sponsored by: www.rocketmortgage.com/Moth www.squarespace.com/Moth www.ziprecruite...


The Moth Radio Hour: Hope and Glory
In this hour, four stories of determination, hope and battling for both survival and respect. From bootcamp in Fort Bragg to base camp in Kirkuk, Iraq; from the front lines to the home front. Hosted by The Moth's Senior Director, Meg Bowles. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. Storytellers: Jill Morgenthaler, Dylan Park, Franny Civitano, and Jerry Neal. Sponsored by: www.rocketmortgage.com/Moth www.squarespace.com/Moth www.ziprecruiter.com/Moth...

A Feline Roamer: Jaed Coffin
Jaed Coffin becomes an unlikely cat dad when his daughter and wife encourage him to adopt. Storyteller: Jaed Coffin Hosted by Dan Kennedy Sponsored by:...

The Moth Radio Hour: Deer Meat, Dance Moves, and Motherhood
A young mother is obsessed with creating an absolutely perfect life for her children, Moth founder George Dawes Green details a bizarre interruption during a beloved poker game in Georgia, and a little boy’s dreamy childhood comes to a screeching halt on a North Carolina highway.  Hosted by The Moth's Artistic Director, Catherine Burns. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. Storytellers: Joyce Maynard, George Dawes Green, and Kevin Free. Sponsored by: www....


Give Me Liberty: Sue Schmidt & Robin Utz
In this episode, two stories of strong and courageous women. Sue Schmidt bangs to a thunderous beat of her own making. Robin Utz comes to face the hardships of pregnancy and love. And a special note from Robin. She writes: I would love to give a shoutout to my best friend and husband, Jim, our families, and all of our amazing friends and family that really carried us through this experience - from Internet infertility communities to friends we hadn't spoken to in years that came out of the woodwork to fil...

The Moth Radio Hour: Motherlove, Money, and War
A gambler with a destructive streak tells himself he can beat the odds one last time, best-selling author Jamaica Kincaid is sent to live with her aunt after the birth of her little brother, and award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Sebastian Junger spends years covering war. Storytellers: Josh Axelrad, Jamaica Kincaid, and Sebastian Junger. Originally podcasted: 8/18/2015 Sponsored by: www.rocketmortgage.com/Moth www.squarespace.com/Moth www.ziprecruiter.com/Moth...

From The Beyond: Eleanor McLeod & Bryan Kett
On this special Halloween edition of The Moth podcast, the metaphysical and scientific from regions beyond take hold with two new stories. Eleanor McLeod witnesses a mysterious creature that goes bump in the middle of the night, and Bryan Kett pledges a sacrifice for the ages. Storytellers: Eleanor McLeod and Bryan Kett. Hosted by Dan Kennedy Sponsored by: www.rocketmortgage.com/Moth www.squarespace.com/Moth www.ziprecruiter.com/Moth...


The Moth Radio Hour: Something Borrowed, Something New
In this hour, we focus on the uncommon denominators and wildly unexpected situations of life. Hosted by Jenifer Hixson, The Moth’s Senior Director. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. Storytellers: Omar Qureshi, Kari Adams, Donna Otter, and Trystan Reese. Sponsored by: www.rocketmortgage.com/Moth www.squarespace.com/Moth www.ziprecruiter.com/Moth...

The Moth Radio Hour: The Places We Tell Our Stories
In this hour, stories of protections and curses, love and war, and straying from both convention and home. Hosted by George Dawes Green, founder of The Moth. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. Storytellers: Edgar Oliver, Sheri Holman, Larry Kerr, and Anoush Froundjian. Sponsored by: www.rocketmortgage.com/Moth www.squarespace.com/Moth www.ziprecruiter.com/Moth...

The Moth Radio Hour: Squeaky Wheels
In this episode, we take a look into the people and things that flash into our lives, and the indelible mark they leave behind. Hosted by Jenifer Hixson, The Moth’s Senior Director. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. Storytellers: R. Eric Thomas, Annie Tan, Morley McBride, and Warren Dahlin. Sponsored by: www.rocketmortgage.com/Moth www.squarespace.com/Moth www.ziprecruiter.com/Moth...


The Moth Radio Hour: Disney, Racecars, and Red Sox
In this episode from the Moth archives a comic attends her sister’s wedding at Disneyland, two guys try to break the Red Sox' curse, the child of two hoarders digs herself out, and a young man doesn't let his lack of eyesight restrict his mobility.  Hosted by The Moth’s Senior Director, Meg Bowles.   The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. Storytellers: Jessi Klein, Joe Limone, Alison Minami, and Ryan Knighton. Originally podcasted: 10/1/2013 Sponsored by: ...

The Moth Radio Hour: Astronauts, Family Tree, and Drips
A special live event from Cooper Union. Andrew Solomon describes his circuitous route to becoming a dad, a cellist makes a disturbing discovery about a neighbor, and astronaut Michael J. Massimino details his high stakes mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. Hosted by Jay Allison. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. Originally podcasted: 8/6/2013 Storytellers: Andrew Solomon, Marika Hughes, and Mike Massimino Sponsored by: www.rocketmortgage.com...

Travel Tales: Reza Jalali & Emily Matuzek
In this second podcast episode featuring stories all about transformative travel, we'll hear from Reza Jalali and Emily Matuzek. Reza Jalali *returns to an unfamiliar home that's been ravaged by war. *Emily Matuzek gets ready to leave the nest, but not before she gets a few test runs in first. Sponsored by: AFAR Magazine www.rocketmortgage.com/Moth www.squarespace.com/Moth www.ziprecruiter.com/Moth...


The Moth Radio Hour: Stepchild, Big Brother, Mugshot
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 teenager rebels after her brother is disowned. Hosted by The Moth’s Executive Producer, Sarah Austin Jenness. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media....

Travel Tales: Emma John & T. Richard Corcoran
In this special podcast episode, stories all about the transformative qualities of travel. This is the first episode of a two-part series, and this week we'll hear from Emma John and T. Richard Corcoran. Emma John brings a friend's young daughter on a trip to rekindle the magic of Venice. T. Richard Corcoran undergoes a test physical and courageous fortitude while cycling to raise funds for AIDS. Hosted by: Dan Kennedy Sponsored by: AFAR Magazine www.rocketmortgage.com/Moth www.squarespace.com/Moth ww...

The Moth Radio Hour: Doctors, Saints, and Secrets
A young doctor is whisked halfway across the globe to care for an ailing international religious icon, a daughter discovers her father’s painstakingly kept secret, and an oncologist raised in India describes the way death is handled in his native country. Hosted by The Moth’s Artistic Director, Catherine Burns. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. Originally podcasted: 1/15/2013 Storytellers: Bliss Broyard, Siddhartha Mukherjee, and George Lombardi. Sponso...


The Moth Radio Hour: Live from Jackson, Wyoming
In this episode, we present four stories all about coming to the precipice of catastrophe. A vicious rumor shakes the foundations of family and home, a potential romance takes a dark turn, and a woman’s heritage dangles over oblivion by a thread. Hosted by Tara Clancy in front of a live audience in Jackson, Wyoming, with additional hosting by Jay Allison. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. Storytellers: Cristina Briones, Terrance Flynn, and Nina McConigley...

Eno Inwek, Caoimhe Creed & Martin Hughes
On today's episode, three stories for you. Eno Inwek turns to the internet in search of a good deal. Caoimhe Creed takes a bold stand for minimum wage. Martin Hughes’ has a Christmas tradition, and standard text message rates apply. If you would like to hear more stories from The Dublin StorySLAM, featured on this podcast episode, visit their website and subscribe to The Dublin StorySLAM Podcast. Storytellers: Eno Inwek, Caoimhe Creed, and Martin Hughes. Hosted by Dan Kennedy. Sponsored by: www.rocket...

The Moth Radio Hour: Prison, Princes, and Playgrounds
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 3rd grade war zone, singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega debates whether to take the stage at The Glastonbury Music Festival in the face of a death threat, and Damien Echols describes life after spending 18 years on death row for a crime he didn't commit. Hosted by The Moth's Senior Producer, Meg Bowles. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atla...


Mischief & Mayhem: Marian Speerless and Anne Wheeler
A young girl's imagination runs amok with very real world consequences, and a high school junior is forced to satisfy a sweet tooth against the doctor's wishes. Storytellers: Marian Speerless and Anne Wheeler. Hosted by Dan Kennedy. Sponsored by: www.rocketmortgage.com/Moth www.squarespace.com/Moth www.ziprecruiter.com/Moth...

The Moth Radio Hour: Texas Hold' Em, Kin, and Cloistered Nuns
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 woman is about to give birth just as her grandfather is dying, and a Holocaust survivor describes hiding with cloistered nuns as a little girl during World War 2. Hosted by The Moth’s Executive Producer, Sarah Austin Jenness. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. Storytellers: Annie Duke, Stacy Keene, Adam Fawer, an...

The Moth Radio Hour: In Transit!
In this hour, we're on the move Three stories from the road, rail, and the sky. Hosted by Catherine Burns, The Moth’s Artistic Director. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. Storytellers: Belal Mobarak, Ted Conover, and Rosanne Cash. Sponsored by: www.rocketmortgage.com/Moth www.squarespace.com/Moth www.ziprecruiter.com/Moth...


Tony Buba: The Rosary, The Vampire, and George Romero
An aspiring filmmaker foregoes big city lights for blood and vampires in Pennsylvania. Storyteller: Tony Buba Hosted by Dan Kennedy Sponsored by: www.rocketmortgage.com/Moth www.squarespace.com/Moth www.ziprecruiter.com/Moth...

The Moth Radio Hour: Moth Eaten: Adventures in Food
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 ongoing battle about the proper way to cook meat; celebrity chef David Chang shares his anxiety about receiving, and possibly losing, Michelin Stars; comedian Lisa Lampanelli tells about her hilarious and moving stint at a fitness camp. Hosted by Moth Radio Hour Producer Jay Allison. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Me...