The Moth Library - Al Letson

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Check out our library of broadcast stories... From the most recently released stories to the first ones ever aired.

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Cops, Dumpster Diving and Mental Illness

A tough New York City cop gets a small, fluffy dog; a college student tries dumpster diving; a Brooklyn mom has to deviate from her birth plan; and a surfer contends with his wife’s deep depression.

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A Wrestler, an Exoneree, and a Nurse

A little boy and his grandma attend a pro-wrestling match in 1955; a prisoner is contacted by a girl who says she’s his daughter; a high school principal goes above and beyond with a needy student; a teenager has a life-changing experience during an internship at a hospital; and an experienced nurse has to act fast to save a life.

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Antidepressants, Anthony Hopkins and Iran

A physicist rethinks his career path -- and his medication — a character actor shares the backstory on a pivotal scene in the classic film Silence of the Lambs and a young woman returns to Iran, the country of her birth, during the controversial 2009 elections.

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Literary Scandals & Fraud

Laura Albert, better known as J.T. LeRoy, details her side of what became a major literary scandal and a case of credit card fraud sets an amateur sleuth on a crime-solving caper.

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Reality TV, an Egg Timer, and a Burglary

True romance is put in jeopardy by a reality tv show; a speechwriter has an explosive show down with Bill Clinton; a woman flies cross country to help the aging father she hasn't seen in 18 years; and a father's courage is put to the test in his own home.

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Open Adoption, Tin Foil Dinosaurs and the Imam

A 16-year old girl discovers she is pregnant; a waiter fields a strange request at a Macaroni Grill; a six-year old breaks the teacher’s rules and an Imam becomes a chaplain in the New York City Police Department.

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PTSD, Lost Art, and The Berlin Wall

The victim of a random stabbing struggles to reestablish his life while suffering from post traumatic stress disorder; author Nathan Englander describes coming of age at 19 while traveling through Europe to witness the fall of The Berlin Wall; and an artist and documentary film maker loses three years of work in an instant and finds it hard to continue.

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B-52s, SNL and Prison Wine

A special live edition in New York City's Central Park. Comic Jessi Klein lands her childhood dream job writing for Saturday Night Live; a prisoner in Attica is caught making alcohol in his cell; and a woman rebounds with style from her husband’s infidelity

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Party Crashers, Witch Hunts and Ninja Costumes

A collection of Moth GrandSLAM Stories from around the country - a rabbinical student answers tough questions; a couple crashes the 2008 Obama inauguration; a teacher survives a witch hunt; a tween creates a homemade Halloween costume; a woman plans a sing-along funeral finale; and a man travels to Africa to find a higher purpose.

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Stepchild, Big Brother and Mug Shot

Comic Tig Notaro details her complicated relationship with her step-father; a New York City cop on a bust discovers the value of a mug shot; and a teenager rebels after her brother is disowned.

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Chess, Romance and Kathmandu

The first African American Grand Master 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 an romantic connection with a man she worked with over a half a century before. Scroll down for the extras from this week's episode!

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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.

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Episode 1101

Andrew Solomon goes to Afghanistan in search of the artistic community and finds a reemerging, creative underground. Comedian Judy Gold talks about how Judaism helped her through some of her darkest hours. And The Reverend Al Sharpton finds forgiveness in his heart for the man who almost killed him.

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Bat Stretchers, Glass Eyes, and Laugh Breaks (Re-aired 5/20)

In this hour, a batboy for the New York Yankees goes on a wild goose chase for a left-handed bat-stretcher; an Irish-Catholic family obsessed with the Kennedys dedicates a summer to spying on their idols; a comedian experiences the ultimate heartbreak; and a drill sergeant faints at the sight of blood.

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Cowboys, Green Beans and Jaguars

In this hour, a severely stuttering child years later becomes the world's premier jaguar expert. Plus, a Texas tale of moon pies and bedazzlers; the surprising story of a Harlem man who ends up at a rodeo in Oregon; and one father's way of coping with a son who loves the color pink. Scroll down for extras!

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Italian Stallion, Pen Pal, Hope and LOL

In this hour, hear how celebrated author and writer Adam Gopnik (Paris to the Moon, The New Yorker) embarrasses his son and offends other loved ones by getting lost in the new world of instant message abbreviations. Also, the story of a first kiss and beyond from a handicapped woman; a pair of unlikely pen pals; and the sad tale of a gay man who comes out to his parents with dramatic consequences.

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Gang Initiations, My Way and the KKK

In this hour, stories from beloved author Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers, Blink, The Tipping Point) about a wedding prank gone horribly wrong; an African-American home care attendant caring for a dying Klansman; and a miracle survivor of a gang initiation.

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Monkeys, Calzones and Jaywalkers

In this hour, a man is instructed not to fall in love with his monkey, but fails; renowned performer Sarah Jones (Bridge and Tunnel) finds herself the subject of racial profiling; and the inventor of the Baby Calzone runs into trouble with the Mob.

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