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: Jun 30, 2011

Remembering Marvin Gelfand

by Jenifer Hixson, Senior Producer

The Moth lost a dear friend and storyteller this year. Marvin Gelfand first showed up at StorySLAM in January of 2002. He was hard to miss, an older gentleman with a shock of white hair, dark glasses and a cane. When his name was picked from the hat, he stood up and requested an elbow to help guide him up on stage. And that’s when we first heard, in his quavering but authoritative voice, our first unforgettable Marvin Gelfand story. Marvin wore many hats in life. He was an economics profess...

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

What’s Your Story? The Moth Pitch Line Turns 2 with 200+ Submissions!

by The Moth

Many people engage with The Moth as listeners through subscribing to our weekly podcast or tuning in to The Moth Radio Hour on their local public radio station. But two summers ago, The Moth decided to give its listeners the opportunity to take off their headphones and step up to the microphone via our Pitch Line. Before we knew it – the story ideas came pouring in from around the globe! To date there have been a total of 212 story ideas received through the Pitch Line – including one by Fath...

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

The MothSHOP Community Education Program Takes Center Stage

by The Moth

Last Monday, WABC-TV ran a news segment that provided an excellent behind-the-scenes look at our MothSHOP Community Education Program’s work with students at Bronx Preparatory Charter School. Launched in 2000 in an effort to reach storytellers who might not find their way to us, The MothSHOP Community Education Program teaches storytelling principles to students and disenfranchised adults in underserved neighborhoods, then shares those stories within the community and beyond, giving platform ...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Apr 12, 2011

The Moth Radio Hour wins Peabody Award

by Joan D. Firestone, Executive Director

We are thrilled to announce that The Moth Radio Hour is the winner of a 2010 Peabody Award, the highest honor in broadcasting. “Storytelling, likely the oldest art, is revered and reinvigorated by this hour for everyday raconteurs,” wrote the Peabody judges. On behalf of The Moth staff and board of directors, I want to extend our thanks to all of you who make our work possible. A very special thanks to our incredibly talented radio partners: Jay Allison and Viki Merrick at Atlantic Public Med...

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