Extras for The Moth Radio Hour Episode 1306

February 5, 2013
by The Moth,

Photo by Amanda Kowalski

This week on The Moth Radio Hour, a special live edition in Martha’s Vineyard, hosted by Jenny Allen with additional hosting by Jay Allison. The first African American Grand Master details his unorthodox education and the private chess match that defines him; a socialite trying to escape an unhappy marriage accidentally crashes the coronation of the king of Nepal; and an octogenarian makes an romantic connection with a man she worked with over a half a century before.

Listen on your local public radio stations, or stream it online at PRX.

Maurice Ashley

Maurice describes his development as a chess player under the tutelage of The Black Bear School of Chess.

Maurice working with the junior high school chess team, the Raging Rooks, who won the National Championships in 1991. Photo by Charu Robinson.

Maurice playing blitz chess in 2001 with the Brothers at the Oxford Chess Club in Brooklyn. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.


Cynthia Riggs

Cynthia is in her golden years when she reconnects with a coworker from her youth and a romance blooms.

Find out how the story ends in this web-exclusive interview with The Moth’s Producing Director, Sarah Austin Jenness:

Behind The Stories: Cynthia Riggs at The Moth by mothstories

All photos courtesy Cynthia Riggs.

Howie’s first package.  The archival plastic contains Cynthia’s paper towel notes to Howie and his new message in code.

The first paper towel note from Cynthia to Howie – April 1950.

Cynthia and Dr. Howard Attebery meet after more than half a century.

Cynthia’s wedding dress.


Next week on The Moth Radio Hour…

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 caused by a gun, and A.E. Hotchner describes how Ernest Hemingway persuades him to risk his life by pretending to be a matador. Tune in to find out what happens!