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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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Boyhood

A writer makes his dad proud, a preacher's kid takes money from his grandfather, a high schooler chases his dog out onto the Grand Concourse, and a former child soldier negotiates high school in New York City. 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.

Ishmael Beah comes to New York as a teenager after years of fighting as a child soldier in Sierra Leone and gets a second chance at childhood.

Wilson Portorreal runs into traffic to save Hershey, the family dog.

Christian Garland steals money from his grandfather to buy sneakers and has to work to regain his trust.

Neil Gaiman becomes a proud hockey dad and learns how proud his own dad is of him. 

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Astronauts, Family Trees and Drips

A special live event from Cooper Union, Andrew Solomon describes his circuitous route to becoming a dad; astronaut Michael Massimo details his high stakes mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope; and a cellist makes a disturbing discovery about a neighbor.

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Dog Mother, Tour Guide, and Milli Vanilli

A woman becomes a stepmother to a dog, a tour guide in Toronto confronts racism, a mother learns the meaning of “Little pitchers have big ears”, and one half of the pop duo Milli Vanilli tells his side of the story. 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.

Sara Barron learns to share custody of a dog with her husband's ex-girlfriend.

Falen Johnson confronts racism and her own biases while taking a tour group through “Invisible Toronto.”

Catherine Palmer takes her young sons on a work trip where they learn some inappropriate toasts, which they repeat at church. 

Fabrice Morvan shares his memories of the rise and fall of Milli Vanilli.

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Oreos, Heaven, and America’s Most Wanted

A mother gets surprising news in the maternity ward, a man is addicted to cookies, an elderly woman gets a “ticket to heaven”, and a musician helps the FBI capture America’s Most Wanted.

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Deer Meat, Dance Moves and Motherhood

A young mother is obsessed with creating an absolutely perfect life for her children; Moth founder George Dawes Green details a bizarre interruption during a beloved poker game in Georgia and a little boy’s dreamy childhood comes to a screeching halt on a North Carolina highway.

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Prisons, Princes, and Playgrounds

A woman sets off in search of transformation and ends up in a harem in Bandar Seri Begawan; a teacher discovers her playground has turned into a 3rd grade war zone; singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega debates whether to take the stage at The Glastonbury Music Festival in the face of a death threat; and Damien Echols describes life after spending 18 years on death row for a crime he didn't commit.

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Rivalries, Hotlines and the EPA

A counselor at a suicide hotline intervenes with a caller, a couple takes an online wedding contest very seriously, a woman tries to resist comparing herself to her very fortunate sister, and the administrator for the EPA, Lisa Jackson, tells how the disaster in New Orleans shaped her as a civil servant.

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Motherlove, Money and War

Award-winning author and documentary filmmaker Sebastian Junger spends many years covering war and thinks that he’s come close to knowing what soldiers experience; best-selling author Jamaica Kincaid is sent to live with her aunt after the birth of her little brother; and a problem gambler with a destructive streak tells himself he can beat the odds… just one last time.

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Mighty: Bull, Pen, Gun

In this episode of The Moth Radio Hour, 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.E. Hotchner describes how Ernest Hemingway persuades him to risk his life by pretending to be a matador

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Kremlin, Camp, Cockroaches, Cars

An episode about the trials of young adulthood: A girl at summer camp tries to keep up with her sophisticated fellow campers, a writer loses a treasured pair of pants, a young man accused of stealing ends up living out of his car, and a writer lands in Moscow on the eve of a revolution. 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.

Meg Wolitzer realizes she might not become the actor she's dreamed of being, but finds the freedom of self-acceptance.

Adam Gopnik and his wife move to a tiny New York City apartment and try to 'live poetically.'

Matthew Dicks tries to hide the fact that he's living out of his car after losing his job.

Andrew Solomon goes to Russia to visit artists and ends up with a front row seat to Russian democracy.

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Epilepsy, Roast Beef and Adoption

Slow service at a deli counter leads to an angry and regrettable outburst, a husband describes his wife’s lifelong battle with epilepsy, a teenager gives birth and makes the ultimate choice, and a social worker has a client who is beyond his control. Hosted by George Dawes Green, founder of The Moth.   The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media

Adam Wade loses his temper at the supermarket deli counter.

Peter Aguero stands by helpless while doctors diagnose a seizure in his epileptic wife.
 
Susan Kent is in denial about being pregnant until she delivers Baby Girl.
 
Steven Puente is a social worker who tries to take a teenage client out for ice cream in the wrong neighborhood.

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Snow White and the Screaming Meemies

A 5-year-old girl is caught stealing by her strict mother, a shy writer gives her first ever interview on national TV, a child gets caught in the shelter shuffle of the foster system, and a wilderness search and rescue teacher goes out on a ledge to help a young man.

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Blue Men, Psychopaths and a Bad Date

After many years in the legendary Blue Man Group, a performer makes a profound connection with an audience member; Saturday Night Live alum Rachel Dratch meets a debonair man at a cocktail party and dares to think he might be Mr. Right; and a world-renowned neuroscientist identifies patterns in the brains of psychopathic killers.

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Fathers

A special Father's Day edition of The Moth Radio Hour: A man who faints at the sight of blood prepares to become a father, a Russian immigrant takes a trip home and tries to fulfill a promise to his mother, a child goes to great lengths to hide brussels sprouts from her stepfather, and a family fights to stay in the country they call home.

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Pizza, Polar Bears, and Rock Stars

A woman attempts to cross the Arctic solo with a dog team, an Orthodox Jewish boy tests God by eating pizza, a woman in her underwear sprints past a neighbor's confused girlfriend, and Guns N' Roses bass player Duff McKagan survives a health scare.

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Kidneys, Undergarments, and Cabbies

A college kid has his jaw wired shut, a man receives the best gift ever from the love of his life, a young Mormon tries to extinguish her doubts, a daughter consoles her grieving father, and a New York City cab driver has a very bad day.

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Pole Vaulting, Comedy, and the Congo

A mother struggles with her son's choice to have a religious wedding, a high schooler with a funny name becomes a pole vaulter, a social scientist commutes to war torn countries for work, and a comedian confronts a heckler.

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Doctors, Saints, and Secrets

A young doctor is whisked halfway across the globe to care for an ailing international religious icon, a daughter discovers her father’s painstakingly kept secret, and an oncologist raised in India describes the way death is handled in his native country.

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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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