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The Moth Podcast
Saving Graces

--- This episode is available on your local radio station, on PRX and below via The Moth Player. It will be published on iTunes | Spotify | RadioPublic | RSS on 4/27/2021---

In this hour, stories of support coming from surprising places -- and moments of seemingly divine intervention. Family ties, a raucous subway ride, and hidden treasure. This episode is hosted by Moth Producer Chloe Salmon. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

A young Hope Iyiewuare rebels against his family's chore rotation.
Onnesha Roychoudhuri takes a stand on the subway.
Gregory Brady finds himself unprepared for a triathlon.
Charlotte Cline and her boundary-resistant family navigate a loss.
Wang Ping starts a banned book club during the Cultural Revolution in China. 

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The Moth Podcast
The Future Looks Bright

--- This episode is available on your local radio station, on PRX and via The Moth Player. It will be published on  iTunesSpotifyRadioPublicRSS on 4/13/2021 ---

In this hour, stories of healing, hope, and heart. A birthday celebration, a dream job, the importance of an heirloom and chance encounters when we need them the most. This hour is hosted by Jay Allison, producer of this radio show.

Katya Duft goes camping for her 15th birthday.
Aditya Dakshinamourtay learns a lesson about negotiating.
Brenda Williams finds meaning in a set of pots and pans.
Alistair Bane finds a kindred spirit in his horse, Bo. 
Kathi Kinnear Hill has hard conversations on the campaign trail.
Jason Schommer has a chance encounter in a grocery story.


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The Moth Podcast
Bathtub Sailor, Seamstress, Spy

--- This episode is available on your local radio station, on PRX, and below via The Moth Player. It will be published on  iTunes | Spotify | RadioPublic | RSS on 4/6/2020 ---


A record breaking adventurer sets his sights on the English Channel, a seamstress becomes an advocate for her child and a young woman is recruited into the world of Secret Agents during World War II.  Hosted by Senior Producer, Meg Bowles. 

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The Moth Podcast
Help Me

--- This episode is available on your local radio station, on PRX and below via The Moth Player. It will be published on  iTunes | Spotify | RadioPublic | RSS on 3/30/2021 ---

In this hour, stories of the people and pastimes that get us through hardships. Illness, ire, and an accident, and what and who we find to provide comfort, offer relief, or share the burden. This episode is hosted by Moth Artistic Director, Catherine Burns. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Cherie gets a hug from an unexpected person in an unexpected place.

Jon Lehre finds a purpose in Relay for Life.

Angie Chatman begins knitting for charity.

Carla Katz defends a classmate, to her own detriment.

Padma Lakshmi has an accident on the way home from the hospital that gives her a giant scar on her arm. 

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The Moth Podcast
Cancer, Crime, and Crypts

When a beloved patient’s cancer returns, a psychologist confesses
that she is at a loss for words, an inmate at a women’s prison describes
the surprising value of an ordinary transistor radio, and an undertaker
deals with a problematic client. Hosted by Jenifer Hixson, Senior
Director at The Moth. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and
Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Martha Manning is filled with sorrow when cancer revisits her patient.   

Piper Kerman must serve 13 months in a women’s federal prison for a crime she committed almost a decade before.   

Chris Tombline is a young undertaker who wishes he’d taken some more psych courses.

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The Moth Podcast
The Big Reveal

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In this hour, we're drawing back the curtain! Surprises, discoveries, and difficult realizations. All will be revealed... This hour is hosted by Moth Senior Curatorial Producer, Suzanne Rust. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Linda King makes a grave mistake at a wake.

Aisha Rodriguez has always felt like one of the guys, until she has a reckoning with her sense of safety.

Meredith Morrison gets a coveted role in the school play much to her chagrin.

Betty Reid Soskin, a Black woman, and her family try to adjust when move to an all-white neighborhood in the 1960s.

Jayson Nuñez gets the bike he always wanted.

Jitesh Jaggi helps bring breakdancing to the streets of Mumbai. 

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The Moth Podcast
Mighty: Bull, Pen, Gun

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An author who treasures the art of letter-writing is spellbound by an
inmate who becomes a pen pal, a man comes to terms with a personal
tragedy caused by a gun, and a writer describes how Ernest Hemingway
persuades him to risk his life by pretending to be a matador. 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.

A. E. Hotchner lets Ernest Hemmingway talk him into dressing like a matador to face a bull in Spain.

Kemp Powers is only 14 when he learns that playing with a loaded gun can have devastating consequences.

Joyce Maynard is seduced by an inmate with extraordinary letter-writing skills.


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Caught Off Guard

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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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The Moth Podcast
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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The Moth Podcast
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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The Moth Podcast
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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The Moth Podcast
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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The Moth Podcast
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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The Moth Podcast
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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The Moth Podcast
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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The Moth Podcast
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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The Moth Podcast
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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The Moth Podcast
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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