A Wrestler, an Exoneree, and a Nurse - Richard Price

“My grandmother was the type of a woman that was known in wrestling circles as a hatpin Mary.”

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A Wrestler, an Exoneree, and a Nurse

A little boy and his grandma attend a pro-wrestling match in 1955; a prisoner is contacted by a girl who says she’s his daughter; a high school principal goes above and beyond with a needy student; a teenager has a life changing experience during an internship at a hospital; and an experienced nurse has to act fast to save a life. 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.

Richard Price bonds with his pro-wrestling-loving grandmother in 1955.

Rickie Johnson gets a letter from his long last daughter while in prison.

Tim King forms a strong bond with a student who changes his life.

Merlixse Ventura is an intern on a pediatric oncology unit.

Lydia Velez encounters a patient’s unusual wound.


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13:04
Hatpin Mary

by Richard Price

A wrestling-obsessed grandmother has a nasty surprise for the contenders.

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05:21
White Coats and Red Wigs

by Merlixse Ventura

A teenager has a life-changing experience during an internship at a hospital.

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05:06
Fearless

by Lydia Velez

An experienced nurse has to act fast to save a life.

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05:45
Innocent

by Rickie Johnson

A prisoner is contacted by a girl who says she’s his daughter.

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12:05
A Change of Plans

by Tim King

An educator takes in a troubled student after his mother dies. 

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Extras From This Episode

Merlixse Ventura

Merlixse told her story as part of The Moth’s new High School Story Slam program. You can read more about it on our blog.

Rickie Johnson

Rickie tells us the story behind the story in this full-length interview with The Moth’s Producing Director, Sarah Austin Jenness.

Rickie meets with one of his fellow exonerated prisoners in this video from The Innocence Project.

You can learn more about The Innocence Project here.

Tim King

Tim King and his son, Keith Robbins, on Oprah.

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