Dispatches from the Moth

Explore interviews, storytelling tips, playlists and other Mothy fun curated by our staff and community. New dispatches are posted every other Tuesday.

Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Feb 15, 2012

The Moth Receives MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions

by Joan D. Firestone, Executive Director

Dear Moth family, We are thrilled to announce that The Moth is the recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions (also known as the MACEI Award). On behalf of our Founder, Board and Staff, we would like to express our gratitude to The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for this great honor. The award will be used in part to preserve The Moth’s 15-year video and audio archive, protecting for history voices of such storytellers as Wanda Bull...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Jan 09, 2012

The Moth Profiles: Paul Ruest

by Laura Hadden, Media & Communications Manager

When The Moth began its journey into the wide world of audio production, we were lucky enough to find Paul Ruest of Argot Studios. Those of you who listen to our podcast or The Moth Radio Hour have undoubtedly heard his name and those who have attended Moth events have probably even seen him for yourself – the man wearing headphones and twisting knobs at the side of the stage and occasionally adjusting the microphone. Paul’s ears also work magic behind the scenes on many other Moth projects. ...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Dec 20, 2011

A Year of Exceptional Stories

by Joan D. Firestone, Executive Director

What a year! Standing-room only audiences at 25 Mainstage shows in 13 cities, an extraordinary 123 open-mic StorySLAMs with regular series now in seven cities, plus hundreds of teens and underserved adults benefitted from our MothSHOP Community Education Program. Winner of the prestigious Peabody Award for Excellence in Electronic Media, The Moth Radio Hour reaches audiences in the millions on 250 public radio stations, and our podcast was downloaded more than 14 million times. The cost of cr...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Dec 16, 2011

The Moth Remembers Christopher Hitchens

by George Dawes Green, Founder of The Moth

Lewis Lapham, the editor of Harper’s, brought Christopher Hitchens to The Moth for the rather gorgeously titled show, “Mentor, Tormentor, Progenitor: An Evening of Stories On Creatures That Shaped Us.” I sat next to Christopher before the show began. He seemed deeply drunk. When at last he took the stage, he began ramblingly. He had chosen, at the last moment, to discard his original tale for another (almost always a fatal blunder). But before he arrived at the new story he wanted to tell us a b...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Nov 28, 2011

Celebrating The Moth's 200th Podcast Episode with Chicago's First GrandSLAM!

by Jenifer Hixson, Senior Producer

Thank you so much for supporting us on the way to our 200th episode of The Moth podcast!As a way to say thanks, we wanted to give our listeners the best approximation of a full-length Moth GrandSLAM by podcasting the first Chicago GrandSLAM, recorded live in January 2011 and presented in its entirety. You’ll hear the whole thing, from start to finish, over the course of two podcast episodes.Moth GrandSLAMS have been happening in New York and California for many years but for this maiden GrandsS...

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