Family Photos, Grandmothers, Legos & Revenge - James Braly

“My family does not know how to function as a family.”

Photo by Jason Falchook

Family Photos, Grandmothers, Legos & Revenge

A family reunites around a hospital bed, a grandmother shares wisdom (and a beer) with her grandson, a third-grade teacher underestimates the power of Legos, and a bullied teen plots revenge. 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

James Braly’s dysfunctional family gathers around his sister’s deathbed.

Micaela Blei discovers an underground Lego cartel in her elementary school.

Aaron Wolf says goodbye to his wise grandmother.

Ernesto Quinonez is tired of being bullied and seeks revenge.


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16:26
One Last Family Photo

by James Braly

Estranged for 20 years, a man's family is brought together by his sister's last wishes.

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07:06
Lego Crimes

by Micaela Blei

A teacher faces an ethical dilemma.

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06:38
Ruthy's Dinner

by Aaron Wolfe

A grandmother shares wisdom (and a beer) with her grandson.

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11:41
Spanish Harlem, 7th Grade

by Ernesto Quiñonez

A man remembers his 7th grade self and realizes it's a slippery slope from victim to victimizer.

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James Braly

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James and his family in the “one last family photo.”

For a behind-the-scenes look at James's story, check out The MOTHerview with Storyteller James Braly.

Micaela Blei

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One of the Lego creations in Micaela’s class.

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Another Lego project – with the valuable jewel pieces.

Aaron Wolfe

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Aaron, age 12, and Grandma Ruthie during a family trip to Quebec.

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