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Heroes, Icons & Superstars

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In this hour, stories of meeting one's idols, storytellers encountering the very people they've always wanted to meet. A signature turns into a mentorship, a chance to write a song for a revered musician, and heroes within the home. This hour is hosted by Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media, the producer of this show.

Valerie Walker has a chance encounter with a life long idol.

Songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman makes music with a country music icon.

Danny Artese gets not only a signature but a mentor when he attends a book signing.

Elyse McInerney learns her hero may be a lot closer to her than she realized.

Bassist Christian McBride gets a chance to play with a Jazz legend.

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Hitchhiking, Mosh Pit, and Iggy Pop

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A daughter realizes how naïve she’s been when she learns the truth about her mother’s pregnancy; a successful businessman reveals his childhood dream; a hitchhiker is picked up by an infamous driver; an exchange student experiences Japanese mosh pit etiquette; a teenager does a newspaper review of an Iggy Pop album and gets a surprising response. 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 in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Erin Barker learns why her mother’s pregnancy is not good news for her father.

Alvin Hall grew up on a small farm on the Florida Panhandle where Viewmaster slides of exotic lands fueled his imagination.

Paul Teodo is hitchhiking in Chicago when his hot temper helps him out of a profoundly dangerous situation.

Sam Thurman’s eyeglasses are knocked off his head at a punk rock concert.

Ameera Chowdhury is a teenager and thrilled when punk icon Iggy Pop begins to correspond with her.

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Wigs, Wigouts, and Insurance

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A woman decides whether she's a wig person or a scarf person while undergoing chemotherapy, a magazine editor is confronted by rapper Foxy Brown, and a mother navigates the everyday after her son is gravely injured. Hosted by The Moth's Artistic Director, Catherine Burns.

Jenny Allen is diagnosed with cancer and is forced to make a decision when she starts chemotherapy.

Danyel Smith is confronted by a musician who didn't like an article she wrote for Vibe Magazine.

Stephanie Peirolo fights with an insurance company while her son is in a coma. 

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When We Were Young

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In this hour, stories of childhood, growing up, and growing pains. From hearing your first Bruce Springsteen song, to experiencing a cultural divide to having your heart broken wide open. 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.

Sarfraz Manzoor discovers life lessons in the lyrics of Bruce Springsteen.

Oanh Ngo Usadi and her family arrive in Texas from Vietnam with high hopes and an American Dream.

Max García Conover finds faith in an unexpected place.

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Truth and Power: Global Stories of Women

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In this hour, stories of female strength and empowerment. Independence at any age, refusing to participate in sexist societal conventions, and the complicated layers of motherhood. This hour is 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.

95 year old park ranger Betty Reid Soskin squares off with an intruder.

Purity Kagwiria chooses a name for herself. 

Timothy Bell discovers that there are more layers to his mother than meets the eye. 

Musih Tedji Xaviere attempts to get her first novel published. 

Nya Abernathy discovers who gets lied to the most: pregnant women!

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Live in Portland, Maine

A special live edition of The Moth at the State Theatre in Portland, Maine. A high school guidance counselor tries to keep his students safe, a woman learns to stop blaming herself years after an accident, and an astronaut prepares for his next shuttle mission after the loss of the Challenger.

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It's The Little Things

In this hour, stories of questions. From rhetorical pleas to the curiosity and persistence of children, a favor for a kindred spirit and a request from a mourning mother, the important moments set in motion by a question mark. This hour is hosted by Moth Senior Director, Jenifer Hixson. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Beverley Elliott writes a song about a yellow dress, despite not owning one.

Lee Thomas is a newscaster with vitiligo.

Matthew McGough becomes a Yankee batboy.

Reilly Horan considers her relationship to clothing and to her identity.

Camille Woods seeks a small bit of comfort after the death of her son.

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One Thing in Common

In this hour, four stories of lessons learned. Lessons of sharing, flirting, parenting and religious texts. Hosted by Meg Bowles, Senior Producer. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. 

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Jury Duty, Walking Tests, Pepsi and NOLA

In this hour, a member of a punk band gets summoned to jury duty; a man with MS hopes to qualify for a medical trial; a worker’s small rebellion at the reception desk; and a father attempts to make his son into a “man’s man.” 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. 

Danusia Trevino is forever changed by jury duty.

Charles Upshaw trains to walk 50 feet.

Morley McBride is asked to give up the soda she loves.

Chris Turgeon has a blind spot when it comes to his son.

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Out of the Blue

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In this hour, stories of the unexpected. Unforeseen obstacles, pleasant surprises, unanticipated lessons, and plot twists abound. This hour is hosted by Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media, the producer of this show.

Natalie Arroyo finds herself in a showdown on the NYC subway. 

Sonny Garg finds it difficult to live his father's dreams. 

Gregory Mathieu scores his dream audition.

Mariya Goodbrake discovers common ground between the two communities she loves.

While studying treatments for depression in Africa, Andrew Solomon has an intimate encounter with a ram.

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Live in Iowa City

A special live edition of The Moth at The Englert Theatre in Iowa City hosted by Peter Aguero. An activist finds himself sitting down to an awkward meal, a woman recalls her first kiss, and a Vietnam veteran battles with her identity.

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Reconciling the Past

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In this hour, stories of looking backward to forge ahead. Seeking justice for heinous crimes decades old, memories flooding back during a chance encounter, and reconciling darkness during a joyous time. This hour is 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.

Journalist Jerry Mitchell takes on notorious members of the Ku Klux Klan.

Reyna Grande finds kinship with a man seeking asylum in the US.

In her journey to start a family, Sarah Jane Johnson also finds herself facing her past. 

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War, Barbie Dream House, Coco, and a Nekkid Man

Phil Caputo shares how a bullet wound helped him heal his soul; a little girl learns what love is all about after surviving a terrible car accident; a young man and and his father succumb to guilt at the animal shelter; and a burnt-out corporate executive tries to shake her A-type personality at art school.

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Stuck!

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In this hour, stories of being stuck. Stranded in Las Vegas, a desperate search for a pet sitter, a wreck on the Colorado River, and stage fright on the church pulpit. This hour is 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.

Alistair Bane reluctantly attends church as his friend's grandmother's "special guest"...

Jon Levin is penniless with a con man in Las Vegas.

Noriko Rosted must find a pet sitter for her beloved cat before her trip to Italy. 

Taylor Tower wonders if her dad is the "right" kind of parent. 

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Live from Santa Barbara

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A special live edition of The Moth brought to you from the Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara, California. An encounter in the Alaskan wilderness, an intergenerational connection through music, and a rockstar who feels out of touch. This episode is hosted by Dame Wilburn, with additional hosting by Jay Allison. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Monte Montepare finds himself at an emotional crossroads in rural Alaska.

Christina Igaraividez connects to her grandmother through the violin.

Drummer Patty Schemel finds herself on tour with millennials. 

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The Moth Holiday Special 2016: Unexpected Gifts of December

A special Holiday Hour from The Moth. The unexpected gifts of December: holiday customs, brand new traditions, flying cows, fruit, luminaries and a magical forest. 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.

Adam Ruben is at a loss when it comes to buying Christmas gifts.
Pierre Epstein is a little boy tracking the progress of his Uncle Igor's escape from Nazi-occupied France.
Ed McCarthy breaks into the house he grew up in to rescue a precious box of Christmas decorations.
Katie Fales grandfather is a rancher who was to rescue a bunch of stranded steer.
Catherine McCarthy finally admits she's homesick during Christmas in Thailand.
David Frieberg and his son are amazed by an accidental forest during a blizzard in NYC.
Denise Scheurmann has a terminally ill father but her neighbors don't forget to light her Christmas luminaries.

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Phone Call, Flamenco, Surprise Party

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A call to a hotline, a rabbi caught speeding, a rookie reporter, a swim test, an unwanted surprise party and an obsession with Flamenco. Hosted by Moth Senior Producer, Jenifer Hixson. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. 

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Parental Guidance

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In this hour, stories of learning from one's parents. Difficult life lessons, words of wisdom (not always heeded), and being lead by example. Listen to your father; mother knows best; respect your elders. This hour is hosted by Moth Radio Hour Producer, Jay Allison. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Bridgett Davis's mother provides for her family and teaches her daughter a valuable lesson in the process.

Ellie Lee tells the story of her Chinese immigrant father and the empire he built from nothing.

Jason Schommer's mother teaches him that bad decisions can be immortalized in photos. 

Louise Newton-Keogh learns and re-learns the meaning of "I love you" from her mother.

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Forever and Ever

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In this hour, stories of things past shaping the here and now; the smell and taste of home, whirlwind romance, and finding comfort and kinship in the most dire of circumstances. 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.

Talaya Moore, a homeless child, takes solace in her most valued possession - her dolls.  

Nikesh Shukla finds a frozen moment in time after the death of his mother.

Self-professed nerd Andrew Solmssen meets his match.

Caitlin FitzGerald discovers her new home has a terrible past. 

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A Bust, a Candy Bar, and Chad Everett

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A man reluctantly inherits a 40 pound statue, a child feels responsible for her father’s troubles, and a documentary filmmaker gets obsessed with someone else’s dream. Hosted by Moth Senior Director, Jenifer Hixson. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Jay Martel must find a home for a giant clay bust of his own head.

Alexandra Rosas buries her guilt about her father’s suicide for almost three decades.

Arthur Bradford documents his friend’s obsession with the 1970s television star, Chad Everett.

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