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In Transit!

--- This episode is available on your local radio station and on PRX. It will be published to our website on 8/14/18. ---

In this hour, we're on the move Three stories from the road, rail, and the sky. Hosted by Catherine Burns, The Moth’s Artistic Director. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Belal Mobarak deals with family baggage (literal and emotional) at the airport.

Ted Conover hitches a ride with his son in tow.

Rosanne Cash longs struggles to make life work in her new home city. 

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Live from New York City

In this hour, stories from a live Moth Mainstage in New York City. A teacher demonstrates the hard lessons of the frontier, a man's photo causes a firestorm, and a freedom rider rises in the face of the Jim Crow. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Micaela Blei leads a group of students down the treacherous Oregon Trail.

CJ Hunt tests his bravery during an apartment confrontation.

Nathan Englander causes a dust-up at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

Barbara Bowie finds motivation through the hardships of Jim Crow in Mississippi.

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You Say Goodbye

In this hour, four stories on saying farewell to family, the past, or sometimes the very earth we stand on. Hosted by Meg Bowles, The Moth’s Senior Director. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. This hour is funded by Home Advisor.

Ash Bhardwaj is tasked with bringing his father’s remains back home to India.

Courtney Antonioli questions her marriage, but not her love.

Becca Stevens loses her son’s childhood and childhood pet to time.

Michael Such plans for his last moment.

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Inner Compass

In this hour, three stories about questioning power dynamics…in the USSR, on the streets of NYC and on death row. 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.

Phyllis Bowdwin takes on a silent assailant.

Sue Steinacher fights USSR bureaucracy with dog-diplomacy.

Gautam Narula is a teen when he bonds with a unique friend on death row.

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I Will Be Your Father Figure

In this special episode of The Moth, we listen to five stories about fathers — from embarrassing jokes to tender moments shared on the road. The Moth’s Executive Producer, Sarah Austin Jenness, interviews the fathers in her own family. And we hear two pitches from Moth listeners Bob Barin and Eric Wenger. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Adriane McGillis’ father's favorite joke lands him in the hospital.

CJ Hunt reflects on mix-tapes and memories from his past.

Blessing Digha fears she has fallen short of her father’s expectations.

Lauren Thurman navigates life with her many iterations of dads.

Harwood Taylor reaches for a father who is out of touch.

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Thrill Seekers, Wanderlust, and an Italian Stallion

In this episode we share five adventure stories. A flat world gets some much needed dimension; an adrenaline junkie gets his fill; and a woman falls in love with an Italian Stallion. Those stories and more hosted by Sarah Austin Jenness, The Moth’s Executive Producer. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Mack Dryden leaves the flat marshes of Mississippi to stand atop the world.

Janice Bartley experiences the thrill and complications of first love.

Brian Gavagan trades his BMX for a helicopter for a day.

Alexis Chin embraces the natural beauty of the wild.

Lucy yearns for the open road.


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Domestic Affairs

In this hour, we step into the private lives of five storytellers all trying to make their worlds a more hospitable and homely place to be. Hosted by Jenifer Hixson, The Moth’s Senior Director. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Gina Sampaio navigates the joys and trials of adoption.

Anagha Mahajan tries to correct an eye problem with an inspirational poster.

Maxie Jones sews things up with some help from his grandmother.

Matty Struski clears a space with his daughter in mind.

Tony Cyprien is overwhelmed on his first day outside of prison.

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Surviving Being Human

In this hour, we lean into the moments of rejection, failure, embarrassment, and other stories of the human soul. 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.


Cynthia Shelby Lane sets her sights on a job that’s out of this world.

Lemn Sissay attempts to uncover a hidden past.

Natasha Guynes desperately tries to hide her past from co-workers on The Hill.

Matt Brown confronts his insecurities in an unconventional way

Daniel Turpin deals with the aftermath of a split second decision.

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The Kindness of Strangers

In this hour we delve into the goodness of humanity through acts both small and large. A tourist has a major setback while on vacation; a holiday gift exchange is botched; and a nurse in a fertility clinic secretly blesses hopeful couples. Those stories and more. 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.

Laura Zimmermann loses herself...and her stuff in Portugal.

David Cole does all that he can to return to sender.

Niccolo Aeed faces scrutiny at the airport. 

Denise Scheuermann shares a ritual of good hope.

Caroline Abilat struggles to show herself kindness after the birth of her first child.

Ed Gavagan is called upon to show grace to the boys who stabbed him. 

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Sailing on an Alien Sea

In this hour we explore stories relating to STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering and MATH): we travel from the laboratories of the Antarctic to the icy seas of Saturn’s moon Titan - we learn that predisposition does not mean predestined and sometimes A is larger than C.

James McClintock, a scientist researching at McMurdo Station in Antarctica makes an interesting discovery. 

Lone Frank deep dives into personal genomics.

Dhaya Lakshminarayan gets entangled in the language of math.

Ellen Stofan sets her sights on exploring an alien sea.

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Confidence: Too Much, Too Little?

In this hour, stories about confidence and uncertainty. A young girl is confronted with color and identity; a teenager lets loose at his school dance; and a massage goes awry. Those stories and more. 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. 

Aleeza Kazmi tackles difficult questions when working on a self-portrait.

Dante Jackson comes out of his shell at his 8th grade prom.

David Crabb celebrates an anniversary with a trip to the spa.

Sam Shepard brings his personal horse to the set of “The Right Stuff.”

Sarah Lee Nakintu fears her dream of education has been betrayed

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Global Stories of Women and Girls

In this hour, Global Stories of Women and Girls -- hosted by Moth Storyteller, Fatou Wurie. A Kenyan student aspires to be beautiful while her mother has bigger ideas; a teenager's failing sight is revealed during a game of kickball; and a woman smites down her enemies.

Mary Hamilton gets married to an unconventional man.

Esther Ngumbi hides an act of defiance from her mother.

Jon Howe re-commits to his ailing wife.

Emily Recinos struggles with her diminishing eye-sight.

Anne Moraa reveals her true self during a traffic jam in Nairobi.

Fatou Wurie recognizes her grandmother’s impact on her life during a trip to Sierra Leone.

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In The Name of Love

In this hour, we celebrate things we do in the name of love. A woman is asked to choose between her family and the man she loves; a fisherman comes to appreciate his roots; a love song becomes a love story; and a man battles the law to protect his husband’s legacy. 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. 

Suzie Afridi is given an ultimatum: family or love.

Dan Larsen comes to appreciate what it means to be lucky.

Gabriel Shea finds love with the help of Common and Questlove from the Roots.

Jim Obergefell takes on a supreme fight to fulfill his husband’s last wish.

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Young Adults

In this hour, seven stories about young adults and the world around them. Boundaries, curfews, hairstyles, first loves, fitting in and letting go. 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.

Muthoni Garland sneaks out to see a band.

Joann Kielar is followed on her way home from work.

Moses Storm is the subject of a high school senior project.

Laura Gilbert troubleshoots the code of love.

Diamante Ortiz brings a vibrant change to her look and life.

Christine Gentry has boy-troubles, thanks to her father.

Javier Morillo faces some ugly memories while preparing for his 30th high school reunion.

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Camouflage: Stories of Hidden Selves

In this hour, four stories about secret identities and true selves. A secular man immerses himself in a Christian world; a young woman pledges herself to a humble life of joy; a father writes in his son’s voice; and a young man from Sierra Leone is enlisted to serve in war. 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. 

Kevin Roose goes undercover at a Evangelical Christian university.

Sister Carolyn Martin commits herself to a love greater than any other.

Boris Timanovsky has a transatlantic pen pal adventure.

Abraham Leno's dream of college is threatened when war breaks out in his country. 

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Shocks and Surprises

In this hour, a woman gets a call in the middle of the night; a young boy discovers the truth about his idol; a girl does her best to prepare for a big moment; and a family camps out in hopes of seeing the Kennedy family. 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.

Teri Garr bonds with friends over justice and revenge.

Liel Leibowitz learns the identity of a real-life anti-hero from his childhood.

Nasrin Marzban gets ready to meet the Shah of Iran.

Micaela Murphy endures a family beach vacation. 

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Live from Portsmouth

In this hour, a special live edition of The Moth from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Hosted by Dame Wilburn, with additional hosting by Jay Allison. A mother tries to model confident behavior after moving to China; a man goes on a dangerous rescue mission; a lonely girl spends her summer raising funds for the blind. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Catherine Palmer tries to fake it until her children make it.

Joe Lentini sets out in arctic weather to rescue stranded mountain climbers.

Elizabeth Browning becomes a local celebrity after writing to her local newspaper.


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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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Live from the Cowboy Poetry Gathering

In this hour, stories from the Elko Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Hosted by Dame Wilburn, with additional hosting from Jay Allison. A woman says goodbye to her childhood ranch; a young girl finally gets her wish to own a pet; a Guatemalan teenager goes on a silent and stealthy mission; and a Dakota man tries to track down someone he has not seen in years. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media in Woods Hole, Massachusetts

Teresa Jordan returns home to a parched and cracked land.

Dame Wilburn visits Macon, Georgia for a summer and gets an unconventional pet.

Nestor Gomez flees the Guatemalan Civil War to the safety of his mother’s home.

Bobby Wilson hears of a Dakota man he desperately tries to meet.

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The Vietnam War

In this special hour, three stories from the Vietnam War Era. A troop comes under attack deep in the Vietnamese jungle; a triage nurse does her best to save the lives of soldiers; and a young man tries to save his little brothers as Saigon falls. 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.

Dave Dillard and his company are trekking through the Vietnamese jungle when they hear an unusual sound.

Edie Meeks comes to face the carnage of war.

Jason Trieu tries to save his family as the U.S. Army retreats and Saigon falls.

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