Open Adoption, Tin Foil Dinosaurs and the Imam - Carly Johnstone

“I wanted this kid to be a first choice. I didn’t want it to be something they settled upon because they couldn’t find a perfect.”

Photo by Greta Rybus

Open Adoption, Tin Foil Dinosaurs and the Imam

In this hour, a 16-year old girl discovers she is pregnant, a waiter fields a strange request at a Macaroni Grill, a six-year old breaks the teacher’s rules, and an Imam becomes a chaplain in the New York City Police Department. Hosted by The Moth’s Senior Director, Jenifer Hixson. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Carly Johnstone decides that an open adoption is the best choice for her baby.

Sam S Mullins is challenged to make a tinfoil dinosaur at a chain restaurant.

Steve Zimmer tries to make up for forgotten homework in first grade.

Imam Khalid Latiff details his experiences as a student at New York University on September 11.


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Stories in this Episode

15:08
A Perfect Circle

by Carly Johnstone

A 16-year old girl discovers she is pregnant.

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06:10
Dinosaur

by Sam S. Mullins

A waiter fields a strange request at a Macaroni Grill.

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06:12
Stars, Rockets, and Moons

by Steve Zimmer

A six-year old breaks the teacher’s rules.

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13:34
Shattered Silence

by Khalid Latif

An imam talks about his experiences as a Muslim student in New York City on 9/11.

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Carly Johnstone

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Gwen, Gretchen, Carly, Asha and Henry, together as one family.

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Henry holding Asha.

Sam S. Mullins

Find out more about Sam's work, and his experience becoming a Moth storyteller, at his website, samsmullins.com.

Khalid Latif

See a short profile of Khalid Latiff in his role at the NYPD here: https://www.familycircle.com/khalid-latif

The music in this story

  • The Drift - Uncanny Valley
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  • Bill Frisell - Little Waltz
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  • Chandler Travis Three-O - One Step Forward
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  • The Smooth Jazz Instrumental Band - Fly Me To The Moon (Bart Howard)
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  • Keith Jarrett - Americana
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