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The Rest is History

In this hour, an ancient instrument, a life-changing disaster, and survival in the face of genocide. People who experienced history, and its artifacts, firsthand. Hosted by The Moth's Senior Director, Meg Bowles. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Musician Frank Almond makes a historic discovery.

Sivad Johnson takes us behind the scenes of the Detroit Fire Department.

Henny Lewin, a young Jewish girl, is smuggled out of a Lithuanian ghetto during WWII.

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Immigration Nation

--- This episode is available on your local radio station and on PRX. It will be published to our website on 4/16/19. ---

In this hour, stories of immigration. Cultural collisions, language barriers, sacrifice and reunions. 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.

Nestor Gomez tries to learn English by watching television.

Anagha Mahajan has a biking accident and ends up in the ER.

Mohammed Zeeshan Nayeemuddin is an ER doctor with a critically ill patient.

Zahra Noorbakhsh had not met her extended family back in Iran.

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Mother, Mommy, Mama, Mom

Molly Ringwald finds herself in the principal's office with her daughter, a young man navigates life with his single mom, a boy who loves Barbies is terrified at the thought of playing tackle football, and a daughter contemplates how to face her mother’s death with grace.

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Other People’s Shoes

In this hour, ballet "late in life," an unusual pet, drag queens and divorce. Stories to show us a new perspective. 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.

Val Rigodon attempts to become a ballerina.

Lincoln Bonner has an unlikely childhood companion.

James Braly and his wife finally agree on something.

Robert Sherer tries to distract his grandmother.

Brian Belovitch is welcomed by the Rhode Island drag community.

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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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Occasional Magic

In this hour, stories of moments of beauty, awe, and clarity uncovered amidst chaos and the quotidian. 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.

Chenjerai Kumanyika seeks protection through tradition and faith.

Edgar Oliver propagates monsters in his backyard.

Matt McArthur witnesses rare beauty during an Arctic dive.

Sofija Stefonovic gets her first taste of capitalism.

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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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In Famiglia

In this hour, stories dealing with all things family: from sibling hi-jinx, to the difficulties of having children (and parents). Hosted by Moth Radio Hour Producer Jay Allison. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. 

Kay Elmsley Weeden and her siblings have adventures on the Wisconsin River.

Marjace Miles searches for meaning amidst an unexpected pregnancy.

Bob Baril gets a once in a lifetime experience with his son.

Jahvannia Darling keeps a secret from her mother.

Qing Zhao must choose between love and her career.

Carmen Putnam experiences the hope of a new pregnancy while mourning her stillborn child.

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Cartoons, Cleanups, and Close Calls

A jack-of-all-trades enters a cartoon contest, a teacher’s pet is invited to do a special project, a girl from Queens learns to think big, and a woman walking alone at night faces her worst fears. Hosted by Moth Senior Director, Jenifer Hixson. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. 

Matthew Diffee decides to become a cartoonist.

Ijeoma Oluo realizes that a school teacher was trying to be charitable.

Tara Clancy lives a dual lifestyle growing up in Queens and The Hamptons.

Nancy Finton narrowly escapes an attacker.

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Live on Martha’s Vineyard

A special live edition of The Moth on Martha’s Vineyard, hosted by Adam Gopnik with additional hosting by Jay Allison. A mother decides to monitor her teenager’s internet use, a preacher’s husband feels the love of the community, and a deep sea fisherman navigates a deadly storm at sea. Hosted by Adam Gopnik and Moth Radio Hour producer, Jay Allison. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. 

Jenny Allen sees a disturbing image on her teenage daughter’s computer.

Bill Eville feels the support of his community through his wife’s cancer.

Buddy Vanderhoop goes on a fishing trip from hell.

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Bearing Witness

In this hour, stories of mistakes, perseverance, and lessons learned, often the hard way. This hour is hosted by The Moth's Senior Director, Meg Bowles. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Alice Schaffer, a preacher's daughter, grows up in fear of the lessons learned in Sunday school. 

Dawn Ross tries to adjust to life in rural Arkansas.

D. Parvaz, a journalist covering the uprising in Syria, is arrested and imprisoned.

Leland Melvin suffers a devastating injury that cuts short his dream of flying in space.

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Don’t Stop the Music

In this hour, Motown, hip hop, folk and pop. Stories of the indelible impact of music on both its creators and listeners. This hour is 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.

David Montgomery gets immersed in Spice World.

Cal Street describes her time as part of The Velvelettes.

Dawn Smith grows up in a cult that forbids music.

Jin Au-Yeung's lyricism connects him to Barack Obama.

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Reality TV, an Egg Timer, and a Burglary

True romance is put in jeopardy by a reality TV show, a speechwriter has an explosive showdown with Bill Clinton, a woman flies cross country to help the aging father she hasn't seen in 18 years, and a father's courage is put to the test in his own home. Hosted by The Moth’s Senior Director, Meg Bowles. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Diana Spechler doesn’t want her boyfriend to find his bride on television.

Mark Katz writes a speech for Bill Clinton that hinges upon an egg timer.

Tamara Jenkins cares for her ailing, estranged father.
 
David Ullendorf is terrorized during a burglary.

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Hearing Voices

In this hour: stories of the power of sound -- and the newness we find through listening, and trusting our ears. 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.

Stanley Alpert relies on his hearing when he is kidnapped.

Faith Ekienabor finds a brand new way to her college class.

T Dixon discovers the power of her own voice.

Anna Schuleit builds an unconventional instrument.

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Knowing How and When to Fight

In this hour, five stories of picking our battles. The internal and external pressures that guide how we speak up, speak out, or stay silent. 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.

Hillary Boone and her mother scheme to save Vermont from hate.

Maria Hodermarska fights for services for her son.

Ed Mabaya finds himself in danger while visiting his girlfriend.

Brad Lawrence and his sister work their mom's last nerve with their brawling.

Angela Lush struggles to speak up.

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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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Love, Serve, and Protect

In this hour, stories of heroes, mentors, and our greatest supporters. A Coast Guard rescue swimmer considers his career, a lawyer learns the meaning of justice, and a songstress pens lyrics for her loved one. Hosted by The Moth's Senior Director, Meg Bowles. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Rob Simpson takes us behind the scenes of life as a Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer.

Sheila Calloway searches for fairness and empathy in the justice system.

Beth Nielsen Chapman finds magic in the writing of a song.

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Holiday Special 2014: Monkeys, Megachurches, and First Elves

Simon Doonan encounters challenges when called on to decorate the White House for Christmas, a man is hesitant to work with a ‘Hollywood’ style church in his neighborhood, a Jewish girl meets Santa, and a boy thinks his dreams have finally come true when he gets an exotic pet.

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Guts! Courage.

In this hour, we present stories of the brave and the bold. Tales of risks, hard lessons and big changes that leave an indelible mark. 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. 

AJ Jacobs gets an unwanted modeling gig.

Aleathia Brown makes a bold aesthetic change.

Kwong Yue Yang tries to muster the courage to meet his idol.

Nisha Coleman responds to a threat.

Leonard Lee Smith struggles to survive his first California Christmas.

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Doctors, Prom, and Ellen

A high schooler encounters racism when he tries to go to prom, a young woman is afraid to tell her grandmother that she is gay, an English woman has to answer a tough question on her US citizenship test, and a doctor must make a life and death decision for his mother.

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