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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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Gambling and Long Lost Dads

A young woman meets her brother for the first time at their father's funeral, a professional blackjack player faces down his gambling demons, and Colin Quinn (Weekend Update, SNL) is hired to do comedy for Robert DeNiro's birthday party...and bombs.

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Goats, Cops and Haircuts

A prisoner in a small town lock-up gets sprung on a promise; a man desperate for a cure for depression travels to Africa to try a tribal remedy; and novelist/screenwriter Richard Price ("Clockers," "Lush Life," "The Wire") gets a lesson in interrogation in the back of a NYC cop car.

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Soldiers, Skydives, Firemen and Heartbreak

A man in a mid-life crisis takes a terrifying parachute jump; an Iraq war veteran shares details of his battle back home; a daughter sits at the bedside of her ailing father; a fireman tries to save two children; and a would-be Romeo laments the agony of platonic love.

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A Divorcee, A Freedom Rider, and New Mother

On the cusp of a new marriage, a woman must first revisit her divorce; a Freedom Rider shares details of a harrowing night in jail during the Civil Rights movement; an unexpected second pregnancy puts pressure on an already difficult marriage.

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Love, Faith, and Money

A man enters a world of high stakes gambling; a family tragedy turns into a stand-off with police detectives; and a neuroscientist searches for clues of God's existence.

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All-Stars, Veterans, and Boxers

A 16 year-old takes her little brother on a cross-country goose chase to use free tickets to an All-Star Game; a young man wants to finally meet his troubled Vietnam veteran father; a grandmother demonstrates her boxing moves; and a cousin has a secret life.

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Snakes, Electric Shocks, and Afghanistan

A squeamish writer is sent on an assignment to locate enormous poisonous snakes; a hippie kid seeks the approval of his conservative father; and two child refugees from Afghanistan arrive in America without their parents.

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Live at Town Hall, New York

A special live edition of The Moth at Town Hall in NYC: A true fashionista auditions for a role; a tough-guy father takes a hard look at his sensitive son; and an expectant mother gets unsettling news about her unborn child.

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Auctions and Boxers

George Plimpton gives an auction winner a star-studded walkthrough of legendary NYC eatery Elaine's; rookie reporter Lewis Lapham learns a lot about the world when he has to break some bad news to a new widow; World Boxing Light Heavyweight Champion Jose Torres defines and then conquers fear; Christopher Hitchens is deified in Ceylon (Sri Lanka). 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 in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Story synopsis:
George Plimpton gives an auction winner a star-studded walk through the legendary NYC eatery Elaine's. 
Scandal, vice and magnificent hypocrisy: the truth about the press in 1950s America, as seen by a wide-eyed cub reporter.
A boxer defines and then conquers fear.
A man is deified in Ceylon.

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Live in Boston

A special live edition of The Moth in Boston, hosted by Steve Burns. A teenage boy confronts his stepfather; a telecommunications executive details his descent into deceit; and a young stroke victim attempts a hospital escape in order to attend a birthday party.

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Adolescence and Agony

A teenage boy has a standing Saturday night date with his grandma, a quest for a perfect first kiss, a young woman worries when her mother intercepts a romantic letter, a teen faces a wild buck in the woods and a middle school mystery involving a treasured pencil case.

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Bible Bucks, Meatballs, and OCD

Tales from The Moth StorySLAMs: Encyclopedia Brown in the courtroom, "Bible bucks" at Sunday school, a corporate speech writer, an alpha big brother, an imaginary last meal, the Bad News Bears of high school basketball, and the need for romantic de-cluttering.

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Hitchhiking, Mosh Pit, and Iggy Pop

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.

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Language, Coins and a Proposal

Novelist Walter Mosley examines the power of language to break and form bonds; an artist connects with her father when he sends her coins he finds on the street; a woman describes her harrowing rape and pursuit of stability; and an actor proposes marriage, but waits a long, long time for an answer.

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Flight Attendant, Refugee, and a Preacher

A flight attendant describes how she adjusts her attitude while up in the air; a Vietnamese family is forced to flee from their home to take refuge in an unknown land; and after running out of gas, a young preacher in 1960s Texas ends up in a pool hall.

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Moth Eaten: Adventures in Food

A special live edition of The Moth at Cooper Union in NYC, "Moth Eaten: Adventures in Food". Best-selling author Adam Gopnik and his wife have an ongoing battle about the proper way to cook meat; celebrity chef David Chang shares his anxiety about receiving, and possibly losing, Michelin Stars; comedian Lisa Lampanelli tells about her hilarious and moving stint at a fitness camp. Hosted by Moth Radio Hour Producer Jay Allison. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. 

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Korea, Colons, Pickups and Pranks

A life-changing email arrives from an almost-stranger; a single man ventures into a gay bar in Greenwich Village in the 1970’s; an adoptee fears rejection by her birth family in Korea; and a newlywed’s stomach ache turns life threatening.

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Paul Bowles, Exile, and a Bar Mitzvah

A boy's Bar Mitzvah becomes a family battle ground, three literary pilgrims search for the author Paul Bowles in Morocco, and a novelist decides that the only way to cure her writer's block is to block out the world.

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Pornography, Divinity and Mercy

A father of twin teenage boys finds the internet a scary place for impressionable minds; a woman circles back to appreciate her strict minister grandfather; and a man strives to grant forgiveness after a devastating loss.

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Bulls, Bikes, Bullets, Brother

A college student goes running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain; the complications of bicycle shopping; warning signs on a Match.com date; family secrets; and surviving the Khmer Rouge.

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