Sword Fight, Hip Hop, Amnesia, Berlin - James Shuter Story

“They were trying to destroy this symbol of oppression.”

Sword Fight, Hip Hop, Amnesia, Berlin

In this hour, a heartbroken woman has a wish come true; a homeowner gets an unwanted surprise; a struggling temp remembers his glory days; a foreigner witnesses history. Hosted by The Moth’s Artistic Director Catherine Burns. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Cole Kazdin dreams of forgetting her past.

Simon Bill's love for antique swords proves useful.

Chenjerai Kumanyika becomes a hip hop star.

James Shuter finds himself in Germany near the Cold War's end. 

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Stories in this Episode

Over The Wall

by James Shuter

An un-worldly boy rom the country finds himself in Berlin on the night the wall fell.

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The Two Times I Met Laurence Fishburne

by Chenjerai Kumanyika

A former hip hop star learns that life goes on post fame and that, sometimes, you need to figure out who you're not to figure out who you are.

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British Light Cavalry Sabre

by Simon Bill

After an attempted home invasion, Simon has to fight a crazed man with an eighteenth century sword.

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Deja Vu, Again

by Cole Kazdin

Cole Kazdin loses her memory after an accident and must re-learn her life.

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Extras From This Episode

Sword Fight, Hip Hop, Amnesia, Berlin extras

James Shuter

James Shuter Radio Extra 1

James almost on top of the Berlin Wall, being given a boost up by his buddy Gavin. November 9th, 1989.

Chenjerai Kumanyika

Learn more about Chenjerai in his Transom piece, here: http://transom.org/2015/chenjerai-kumanyika/

The Spooks - Things I've Seen

This is what happens when The Blue Man Group MC's The Moth (on the night Chenjerai told his story). Video courtesy of The Blue Man Group.

The music in this story

  • The Drift - Uncanny Valley
  • Duke Levine - Low Lonesome
  • Mark Orton - Matthias & Chloe
  • Mark Orton - Going to Broccante
  • Angelo de Pippa & the Italian Musica - Mio Tesoro
  • Spooks - The Things I've Seen
  • Berlin - Dancing in Berlin