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Father's Day Special 2017: Fathers: Daddy, Dad, Paw-Paw, Pops

In this special episode celebrating fathers, a man embraces his father's music; a new dad has a breakdown in the grocery store; a young father struggles with his emotions; a son flies to Ghana for his father's funeral, a daughter reveals an embarrassing truth, and an uncle steps in to play an important role. 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 Kendall inherits his love of music from his father.

Chris Myers rides out his emotions after the birth of his daughter.

Nestor Gomez struggles to pick out his baby among a group of newborns.

Karan Chopra learns to live his life by his father's example.

Amanda Hamilton Roos confesses her sins to her father, literally.  

Jack Marmorstein realizes the role he must play in his nephew's life.

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The Moth’s 20th Anniversary Special

In this special twentieth anniversary hour, a look back at special stories and moments throughout The Moth’s 20 years. The inventor of the Baby Calzone runs into trouble with the mob. A difficult break-up lures a young woman into a digital vortex. And a pragmatic idealist learns to listen deeply. 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 in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

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The Big Oops: Blunders Large and Small

In this hour, four stories about the mistakes we make. A young girl enters a school talent show; a boy learns some family secrets when his mom returns from a trip to India; an online shopping session goes awry; and a college student is drawn into the civil rights movement. 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.

Jessica Lee Williamson works on a routine for her school talent show.

Hasan Minhaj misses his mom when she moves back to India to attend school.

Holly Rutter does some late night grocery shopping.

Bob Zellner is curious about a movement rising in Montgomery, Alabama in the early 1960's. 

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Explorers, Organizers, Interrogations

In this hour, a man fights street noise with poetry; a mother of three journeys to find true north; and a book lover faces danger in the Soviet Union. Hosted by The Moth's Senior Producer, Meg Bowles. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media

Aaron Naparstek finds an unexpected community through street traffic and poetry.
 
Ann Daniels trains to become a polar pioneer.

Victor Levenstein is interrogated by the KGB.

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Mother's Day Special 2017

This episode is available on your local radio station and on PRX. It will be published to our website on May 16th, 2017.

A special edition of The Moth Radio Hour dedicated to Mothers. A woman who has never wanted children suddenly questions her choice, a little girl gets angry at her mother and runs away from home, a son struggles at his mother's deathbed, and a man finds a mother's love in unconventional ways. Hosted by The Moth Radio Hour Producer, Jay Allison (with help from his mom). The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. 

Ophira Eisenberg confronts her fertility during a crisis.

Terry Wolfisch Cole wants preferential treatment as the oldest sister.

Andy Christie sends off his mother with a melody.

Samuel Lewis Lee is looked after by a mother's love.

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More Women In The World

In this hour, more stories from women across the world. A group of daughters bear the weight of a family death; a young girl is told to keep her religion quiet; a doctor struggles to stay afloat; and a woman experiences a fairytale romance. Those stories and more. 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.

Mary Kate O'Flanagan takes charge and responsibility at a funeral.

Gail Breslow is confronted about her religion at a school in Germany.

Ally Mason reluctantly fills a role in a school play.

Bess Stillman struggles with the difficulties of being a doctor.

Aryana Rose falls in love with a younger man.

Jane Otai takes action after suffering loss.

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Sword Fight, Hip Hop, Amnesia, Berlin

In this hour, a heartbroken woman has a wish come true; a homeowner gets an unwanted surprise; a struggling temp remembers his glory days; a foreigner witnesses history. 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.

Cole Kazdin dreams of forgetting her past.

Simon Bill's love for antique swords proves useful.

Chenjerai Kumanyika becomes a hip hop star.

James Shuter finds himself in Germany near the Cold War's end. 

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Facing The Dark

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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People, Problems, Places

In this hour, a man whose mother never learned to read enrolls in law school.; a recent graduate runs in to familiar faces; an uber driver encounters an unruly passenger; a photo collage fails to capture the scope of a relationship; and a child's hair is shaved to save her life. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Ray Christian struggles to realize his dream of graduating from law school.

Alyssa Ladd is embarrassed to run into familiar faces while working at a Michaels craft store.

Nestor Gomez is stuck driving an unruly Uber passenger during rush hour.

Steven Carr is given a photo collage from his mother of he and his "friend."

Melanie Kostrezwa learns her daughter must undergo a craniotomy.

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Live From the World Science Festival

A special Live edition of The Moth at Lincoln Center in New York City in partnership with The World Science Festival. Hosted by Adam Gopnik with additional hosting from Jay Allison. An astronaut gets his swimming legs; a scientist becomes a human guinea pig; and a marine biologist shatters a glass ceiling. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Mike Massimino must take to swimming before he can take off to outer space.

George Church tests his own strength of will as a human-gineau pig for science.

Sylvia Earle explores the ocean's depths as a pioneering aquanaut.

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Leaving, Loving & Coming Home

In this episode we feature four stories about our relationship to home. Yearning for a place to call home, leaving one home in search of another and coming to find beauty and a true sense of belonging. Hosted by Meg Bowles. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. 

Suzi Ronson a hairdresser from Beckenham leaves it all behind to run away with a proverbial circus.

Denis Repp finds unexpected love after a painful breakup.

Jonah Lehrer describes life after a fall from grace. 

Abeny Kucha flees from violence in her village in the Sudan and finds a new home in Portland, ME.

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Mr. Rogers, Bellevue, Super Markets and Coney Island

In this hour, a brand new doctor struggles working the night shift; a young girl has a life-threatening heart condition; a mailman joins Mister Rogers' Neighborhood; a middle-aged man is tempted to cheat; and a child spends her birthday at Coney Island in 1957. 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.

Danielle Ofri has a crisis of confidence while working the night-shift at Bellvue.

Isobel Connelly discovers she has a heart condition at age six.

David Newell gets a job as Mr. McFeely on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

Steve Zimmer flirts with a woman while at the supermarket.

Helen Cooper spends a special birthday at Coney Island. 

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Misfits, The MET, and a Nursing Home Switcheroo

An hour devoted to misfits! An awkward teenager finds his place at a museum, a child is given a sense of structure and order in life, a woman worries she isn't "Korean enough," and a daughter does her best to soothe her elderly mom. 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.

Andrew Solomon flourishes in the glamour of the Metropolitan Museum.

Greg Audel discovers a different way to live during a night spent with his friend's family. 

Linda Gregory worries she isn't good enough to be accepted by her boyfriend's family.

Hilda Chazanovitz faces resistance as she tries to move her mother into a nursing home.

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Live from Boston

A special Live edition of The Moth  at Wilbur Theater in Boston, Massachusetts. Hosted by Tara Clancy with additional hosting from Jay Allison. An internet scam gets emotional; a couple decide to have their second child; a patient waits for an organ  transplant; and a young Pakistani man is forever-changed by rock and roll. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Sofija Stefanovic is a  journalist investigating internet scams who forms a special relationship with someone online.
Tara Clancy runs into some complications when she and her wife decide to have a second baby.
Paul Munafo needs a new liver when he receives a midnight call from the hospital.
Salman Ahmad came upon some serious roadblocks on the road to becoming a rock musician.

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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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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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Wedding Jitters and Kindergarten Battle Prep

In this hour, a basement fire leads to a wedding, a young man in Jamaica is obsessed with a comic book, a child from a strict home lets off steam with her two grandmothers and a protective father prepares to do battle with his kid’s school. 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.

Lauren Slater sees her boyfriend in a different light after a basement fire.
Colin Channer is a kid in Jamaica with a deep love for comic books.
Aubrey Edwards has her creativity nourished by two grandmothers. 
Chris Gilbert is prepared to fight for his kindergartner.

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Family, Neighbors and Extraordinary Proof

In this episode we travel to Chicago, the Navajo Nation in Arizona, and then end the hour on the sidelines of the Tour de France. A man struggles with his unruly neighbors, an artists shares memories of growing up on the Navajo Nation and a journalist exposes one of the greatest sports scandals of our time. Hosted by Meg Bowles. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

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Veterans Day 2016: Iraq, Aircraft Carriers & Candy

A special veteran’s day episode of The Moth. A soldier trains to land his plane on an aircraft carrier, a future marine rebels against her abusive father, an Iraqi man risks his life working as a translator for the armed forces. 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.

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GrandSLAMs Coast to Coast

In this hour, Moth GrandSLAM stories from around the country. PTSD, a trans teen, college, eBay, prison, eye contact and the emergency room. 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.

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