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The Moth Podcast
Caught Off Guard

--- This episode is available on your local radio station and on PRX. It will be published to our website on 3/2/2021. ---

In this hour, the moments of shock and uncanny realizations, and the tenacity, perspective, and humor that help us through. An unexpected skating partner, a family divided, a daily commute, and surviving a catastrophic tragedy. This episode is hosted by Moth Senior Director Meg Bowles. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Aaron Pang describes a painful commute on San Francisco’s BART

Joel Brady and his wife have a “date night” at the Neville Island Roller Drome.

Michelle Robertson and her sister are constantly in competition. 

Patience Murray experiences an unthinkable act of violence firsthand.

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Women in the World

A special episode featuring stories from women around the world. Resilient children, computer crashes, swimming lessons, life after a house fire, standing up to bullies and accepting help from strangers. 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.

Katie Smith struggles to survive in an abusive home.

Catherine Palmer suffers a computer failure while working on her Phd.

Cal Wilson is inspired by her five year old son to  take swimming lessons.

Liz Allen is a kid when her house burns down.

Kusum Thapa is a doctor in Nepal who advocates for victims of sexual abuse.

Beverly Engelman is a fiercely independent octogenarian who needs help from her neighbors after a stroke.

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In Service Of

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In this hour, stories of giving and receiving. A volunteer, a would-be chef, a firefighter, a date in need of a liver, and a scientist who needs a helping hand before she can help anyone else. This episode is hosted by Moth Producer Jodi Powell. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Stacey Curry and her boyfriend end up being a perfect match, in more ways than one.

Having grown up ashamed of her voice, Kristin Huang is reluctant to sing.

Kayleigh Hudson attempts to cook an elaborate meal for her friends. 

Sivad Johnson decides, reluctantly, to step into the spotlight.

Mary-Claire King battles through heartbreak to make a breakthrough in cancer research.

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Chess, Romance and Kathmandu

A special live edition of The Moth on Martha’s Vineyard, hosted by Jenny Allen with additional hosting by Jay Allison. The first African American Grandmaster details his unorthodox education and the private chess match that defines him; a socialite trying to escape an unhappy marriage accidentally crashes the coronation of the king of Nepal, and an octogenarian makes a romantic connection with a man she worked with over a half a century before. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Maurice Ashley describes his development as a chess player under the tutelage of The Black Bear School of Chess.

Bokara Legendre attends the coronation of a Nepalese king in Kathmandu.

Cynthia Riggs is in her golden years when she reconnects with a coworker from her youth and a romance blooms.

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Turning the Page

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In this hour stories of acceptance, moving on, and letting go. Growing older and maybe wiser, and stepping boldly into the future. This hour is hosted by Moth Executive Producer, Sarah Austin Jenness. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Elizabeth Gray contends with aging.

Neema Avashia and her students are united in grief.

A teacher helps keep Maxie Jones on the straight and narrow.

After swearing off love, Jennifer Birmingham gets advice from an unexpected source. Susan Earley tries to return a shirt purchased for her late grandfather. 

Erik Heen's stepdaughter doesn't want his help. 

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Ski, Poe, Spa, and Towers

An avid skier saves the day, a caretaker gets caught up in the life of a famous 19th Century poet, a woman vacations at a fancy clothes-optional spa, and a daughter tries to surprise her mom at the World Trade Center one September morning. Hosted by The Moth’s Senior Producer, Jenifer Hixson. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Bobby Stoddard catches a run-away baby on a ski slope.

Matthew Mercier is the live-in caretaker for The Edgar Allen Poe Cottage in the Bronx.

Jennifer Kohnhorst learns to love her body during a trip to Santa Fe.

Earlyne Alexander searches for her mother after trying to surprise her on the morning of September 11th.

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Birds of a Feather

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Let the feathers fly! This week, a special avian hour. Stories from a Ravenmaster, a scientist, and a reluctant chicken farmer about the birds that made them as happy as a lark or as crazy as a loon. This episode is hosted by The Moth's Artistic Director, Catherine Burns, and her parrot, Hamilton. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

The Ravenmaster at the Tower of London, Christopher Skaife, has a tough first day.

Dame Wilburn and her wife decide to raise chickens in Detroit.

Research scientist Irene Pepperburg forms a 30-year bond with a parrot named Alex.

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Beauty Queens, The LBJ Library and Holdups

A special live edition of The Moth at The Paramount Theater in Austin, Texas. A small town girl from Alabama attends charm school and gets ‘discovered’, a Texas romance is thwarted by religion, and a teenage hotel clerk comes of age--at gunpoint. Hosted by Ophira Eisenberg and Moth Radio Hour producer, Jay Allison. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. 

Tricia Coburn attends Miss Macy’s Charm School and eventually lands a modeling gig.

Sara Bird finds solace from heartbreak as a librarian at the LBJ LIbrary. 

John Lincoln is robbed twice while working the front desk of a hotel.

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Not What They Seem

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In this hour, tales that remind us that looks can be deceiving. Disguises, surprises from strangers, and reckoning with one's own identity. This episode is hosted by Moth Senior Director Jenifer Hixson. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Phill Branch designs his own suit for prom.

Raabia Wazir leaves KY to take a job at Muslim Civil Rights Organization in DC.

Jean le Bec begins to feel a sense of community at her local pool.

Micheal Devlin rescues a sheep in a field in  Ireland.

Jim Giaccone searches for his brother in the rubble of the Twin Towers.

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Finding Your Calling

In this hour, stories about finding your calling. A speech writer has a defining moment at the White House; a young Carl Bernstein gets his first job as a copy boy in a news room; a firefighter charges into his first big blaze; and a doctor struggles with duty and identity while serving in a medical camp in Syria. 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.

David Litt sings for the love of country and his job.

Carl Bernstein tries to not mess up on his first day of work at a newspaper.

Nick Baskerville gets in over his head at his first big job as a firefighter.

Vivian Huang comes face to face with her family history while treating a patient in Syria.

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Presents, Menorahs and Palm Trees: December Holiday Stories

In this special December holiday hour, stories about celebration, differing traditions, and family. A mother and son do their best to keep the gifting spirit alive, a daughter tries to fulfill her mother’s wish for a Trinidadian feast, and a man waits and waits for the perfect moment to kiss a date. Those and more stories in this episode. 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.

Peter Aguero and his mother exchange holiday gifts made of paper.

Tracey Segarra sends a Hanukkah card that her mother-in-law takes issue with.

Steve Glickman attempts to escape a snowy Chicagoan Christmas for Puerto Vallarta.

Dawn Fraser is tasked to find the perfect ingredients for a Trinidadian Christmas.

Evan Lunt takes his grandmother’s menorah to college as a keepsake of her.

Bernie Somers counts down to a first kiss on New Year's Eve with a romantic interest.

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I Got You

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In this hour, stories of community, solidarity, and support, sometimes from unexpected sources! A preacher's daughter, a grumpy grandfather, a conflicted young man, and a self-isolated writer. This episode is hosted by Jay Allison, the producer of this radio show.

Lydia Caesar grows up as a Preacher's Kid or "PK."

Adam Ellick is tasked with caring for his cantankerous grandfather.

Craig Mangum receives advice from a Mormon bishop.

Elif Shafak's self-imposed isolation draws her closer to her neighbors.

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Live From Boston

A New York City cop looks into the death of a kid he grew up with, a jazz musician dreams of playing with James Brown, and a woman falls in love over the protestations of her family.

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Pizza, Polar Bears, and Rock Stars

A woman attempts to cross the Arctic solo with a dog team, an Orthodox Jewish boy tests God by eating pizza, a woman in her underwear sprints past a neighbor's confused girlfriend, and Guns N' Roses bass player Duff McKagan survives a health scare.

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Live from Dayton

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A special live edition of The Moth, brought to you from the Victoria Theater in Dayton, Ohio. Conscious uncoupling, a livestock auction, new perspectives, and Darth Vader. This hour is hosted by Dame Wilburn with additional hosting by Jay Allison, producer of The Moth Radio Hour.

Sara Rabidoux-Kelsey has a unique living arrangement with her ex.

Dame Wilburn has a startling encounter with Darth Vader.

16 and pregnant, Jackie Andrews must find a way out of financial hardship.

Anthony Brinkley finds his perspective changed after being the victim of a racially-motivated attack.

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Veterans Day Special 2014

A special Veterans Day edition of The Moth Radio Hour. This special hour is hosted by The Moth's Producing Director, Sarah Austin Jenness. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Mike Scotti finds new meaning after returning from active duty in the Middle East.

Dawn Seymour becomes part of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), training young men stateside to enter WWII overseas.

Bill Krieger tucks his daughter in at night before being deployed to Iraq. 

William Cole serves as a radio operator in the 93rd Infantry Division, a segregated unit, in the South Pacific.

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Live in Dublin

A special live edition of The Moth from Dublin, Ireland, hosted by Lynn Ferguson, with additional hosting by Jay Allison. A comedian must convince a court that a joke he told was funny, a shop worker in Ireland helps bring attention to South African apartheid, a young man stands up to his bullies with help from his mom, and a man faces the death penalty for a crime he did not commit. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Colm O'Regan tells an offensive joke and realizes that sometimes in David v. Goliath situations, David is just being a jerk.

Karen Gearon, with her fellow shopworkers at the Dunnes Stores, goes on strike and sparks international interest in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa.

Daryl McCormack was bullied growing up in Ireland because of the color of his skin.

Peter Pringle fights to get a death sentence overturned.

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Past Tense, Future Perfect

In this hour, moments and memories that mold the future. Life or death choices made in an instant, bygone mistakes, and letting go of grudges and guilt. This hour is hosted by Moth Senior Director Meg Bowles. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Julie Pryor is tasked with driving on the [infamously] dangerous Alaskan Haul Road.

A pregnant Madeleine Berenson endures harassment and discrimination from her employer.

Michael Fischer risks his life for a bag of pretzels.

Carol Seppilu finds a unique way to brave her depression. 

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Facing The Dark

This episode is currently available on your local radio station and on PRX.

In this hour, a chaplain guides a family through death and goodbyes; a man wanders New York City during the black out of 2003; and a daughter tries to break her father’s silence about the Holocaust. Hosted by The Moth’s founder, George Dawes Green. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Kate Braestrup attempts to bring a moment of peace to a difficult crime scene.

John Turturro ponders his future with an aging mother and dependent brother.

Daniela Schiller gets a new understanding of her father’s past while studying memory.

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Antidepressants and Anthony Hopkins

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This week, scientist abruptly stops taking his medication and an actor lands a part in a big film. This week’s episode is hosted by Jay Allison and Rachel Dratch. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Storytellers: Ben Lillie, Josh Broder

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