The Moth

The Moth

The Moth

Arts>Performing Arts

210 episodes

Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of true stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. Moth storytellers stand alone, under a spotlight, with only a microphone and a roomful of strangers. The storyteller and the audience embark on a high-wire act of shared experience which is both terrifying and exhilarating. Since 2008, The Moth podcast has featured many of our favorite stories told live on Moth stages around the country. For information on all of our programs and live events, visit themoth.org.


  • 30 JUL 2021
    You've Got a Deal: Denise Bledsoe Slaughter & Bill Robinson
    17m 9s

    This week, two stories all about striking a deal - or two. This episode of The Moth Podcast is hosted by Kate Tellers. Storytellers: Denise Bledsoe Slaughter, Bill Robinson

  • 27 JUL 2021
    The Moth Radio Hour: Gestures Great and Small
    53m 25s

    A man serves up cocktails with extra flavor; a young ballerina fills a delicate role with force; food helps to bridge a cultural gap; a woman makes a surprise announcement on stage, and more from Moth GrandSLAMs all across the country. Host...

  • 20 JUL 2021
    The Moth Radio Hour: The Love Hurts SLAM
    53m 26s

    A special Moth Radio Hour with stories originating from our annual "Love Hurts" StorySLAM. Love lost, love found, unwanted spotlights and the family we choose. This episode is hosted by Moth Senior Director Jenifer Hixson. The Moth Radio Ho...

  • 16 JUL 2021
    Learning to Sail: Jamie Trowbridge
    18m 13s

    In this episode, Jamie learns some lessons from his dad - about sailing and about life. This episode is hosted by Angelica Lindsey-Ali. Storyteller: Jamie Trowbridge

  • 13 JUL 2021
    The Moth Radio Hour: Camp, Cars, Cockroaches, and the Kremlin
    53m 29s

    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....

  • 06 JUL 2021
    The Moth Radio Hour: Pride 2021
    53m 25s

    A special Moth Radio Hour in celebration of PRIDE! Stories of first kisses, drag queens, and coming out -- to others and to oneself. This episode is hosted by Moth storyteller Alistair Bane. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and J...

  • 02 JUL 2021
    Hot Child in the City: David Brown & Randi Skaggs
    17m 35s

    This week, stories all about making it work in the city. Hosted by: Jodi Powell Storytellers: David Brown, Randi Skaggs

  • 29 JUN 2021
    The Moth Radio Hour: Explorers, Organizers, and Interrogations
    52m 49s

    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...

  • 25 JUN 2021
    Friends in High Places: Sivad Johnson & Greg Audel
    19m 50s

    This week, two very different stories about friends in high places. Hosted by: Chloe Salmon Storytellers: Sivad Johnson, Greg Audel

  • 22 JUN 2021
    The Moth Radio Hour: Fathers
    53m 28s

    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...

  • 15 JUN 2021
    The Moth Radio Hour: Hear Me Roar
    53m 26s

    In this hour, stories of female strength. Mothers you don't mess with and women, who stick to their guns (and goals). This episode is hosted by Moth Artistic director Catherine Burns. The Moth Radio hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Alli...

  • 11 JUN 2021
    Pride 2021 - I Want the World to Know: Sejal & Michael Buonocore
    22m 8s

    In this special Pride episode, two not-so-simple stories of coming out. This episode is hosted by Dame Wilburn. To see the extras from this episode, head to our website, themoth.org/extras. You can check out Michael Buonocore’s brand new po...

  • 08 JUN 2021
    The Moth Radio Hour: GrandSLAMS Coast to Coast
    53m 31s

    In this hour, Moth GrandSLAM stories from around the country. PTSD, a trans teen, college, eBay, prison, eye contact and the emergency room. Storytellers: Fred Johnson, Vivienne Andersen, Pam Burrell, Steve Zimmer, Tony Cyprien, Pam Colby,...

  • 01 JUN 2021
    The Moth Radio Hour: To Thine Own Self Be True
    53m 27s

    In this hour, stories about and by people who are unapologetically themselves. Knowing where you belong on the ballfield, writing as the ultimate means of self-expression, and the pub that serves as a home for a band of experimental musicia...

  • 28 MAY 2021
    Planting Roots: Andrew Mude
    17m 13s

    This week, a story about losing and finding home with a story from The Moth's Global Program. This episode is hosted by Jon Goode.  Storyteller: Andrew Mude

  • 25 MAY 2021
    The Moth Radio Hour: Kidneys, Undergarments, and Cabbies
    53m 28s

    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. St...

  • 18 MAY 2021
    The Moth Radio Hour: Brand New YOU
    53m 25s

    In this hour, stories of starting fresh. Unexpected opportunities, budding relationships, your next home, and a new take. This episode is hosted by Moth Executive Producer, Sarah Austin Jenness. The Moth Radio is produced by The Moth and Ja...

  • 14 MAY 2021
    Like A Mother: Jim Giaccone & Kate Spindler
    28m 32s

    This week, stories of mothers and mental health. This episode is hosted by Kate Tellers, and features an interview with certified nurse midwife, Shannon McCabe. Hosted by: Kate Tellers Storytellers: Jim Giaccone, Kate Spindler

  • 11 MAY 2021
    The Moth Radio Hour: Mother's Day Special
    57m 23s

    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, an...

  • 07 MAY 2021
    Cruise Control: Oscar Saavedra & Nina Slowinski
    16m 17s

    This episode is all about cars - the places they take us and the memories we make along the way. Hosted by: Chloe Salmon Storytellers: Oscar Saavedra, Nina Slowinski

  • 04 MAY 2021
    The Moth Radio Hour: Snow White and the Screaming Meemies
    53m 33s

    A 5-year-old girl is caught stealing by her 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...

  • 28 APR 2021
    The Moth Radio Hour: Saving Graces
    53m 28s

    In this hour, stories of support coming from surprising places -- and moments of seemingly divine intervention. Family ties, a raucous subway ride, and hidden treasure. This episode is hosted by Moth Producer Chloe Salmon. The Moth Radio Ho...

  • 23 APR 2021
    Think Fast!: Michele Woods & Birungi Birungi
    17m 49s

    This week, two stories about quick thinking in the face of adversity.  Hosted by Angelica Lindsey-Ali Storytellers: Michele Woods, Birungi Birungi

  • 20 APR 2021
    The Moth Radio Hour: PTSD, Lost Art and The Berlin Wall
    53m 45s

    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 Wa...

  • 16 APR 2021
    The Confessional With Nadia Bolz-Weber: Dr. Ray Christian, Storyteller and Fulbright Specialist
    31m 52s

    We are so excited to present you with a new episode from season 3 of The Confessional, featuring our beloved Mothy, Ray Christian. The Confessional with Nadia Bolz-Weber is available wherever you listen to podcasts. ——— "I got the super s...

  • 13 APR 2021
    The Moth Radio Hour: The Future Looks Bright
    53m 29s

    In this hour, stories of healing, hope, and heart. A birthday celebration, a dream job, the importance of an heirloom and chance encounters when we need them the most. This hour is hosted by Jay Allison, producer of this radio show. Hosted...

  • 09 APR 2021
    Shame On You: Lizzie Peabody & Samira Sahebi
    23m 55s

    This week, we're talking about one of the most powerful feelings in the world: shame; maybe it starts as a pit in your stomach when you put your foot in your mouth or washes over you like a wave when someone points out something you hoped t...

  • 06 APR 2021
    The Moth Radio Hour: Bathtub Sailor, Seamstress, Spy
    53m 28s

    A record-breaking adventurer sets his sites on the English Channel, a seamstress becomes an advocate for her child and a young woman is recruited into the world of Secret Agents during World War II. Hosted by Senior Producer, Meg Bowles. Th...

  • 30 MAR 2021
    The Moth Radio Hour: Help Me
    53m 24s

    In this hour, stories of the people and pastimes that get us through hardships. Illness, ire, and an accident, and what and who we find to provide comfort, offer relief, or share the burden. This episode is hosted by Moth Artistic Director,...

  • 26 MAR 2021
    Money Manners: Sara Rosa Espi Jacobson & Michelle Murphy
    21m 19s

    On this week's episode, we're talking about money, honey. Mulla, cash, bills, dough - whatever you call it, it affects all of our lives in immeasurable ways. This episode is hosted by special guest, Jen Lue, the assistant controller here at...

  • 23 MAR 2021
    The Moth Radio Hour: Cancer, Crime and Crypts
    53m 24s

    When a beloved patient’s cancer returns, a psychologist confesses that she is at a loss for words, an inmate at a women’s prison describes the surprising value of an ordinary transistor radio, and an undertaker deals with a problematic clie...

  • 16 MAR 2021
    The Moth Radio Hour: The Big Reveal
    53m 24s

    In this hour, we're drawing back the curtain! Surprises, discoveries, and difficult realizations. All will be revealed... This hour is hosted by Moth Senior Curatorial Producer, Suzanne Rust. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and...

  • 12 MAR 2021
    International Women's Day 2021: Beth de Araújo
    21m 43s

    In this episode, we celebrate International Women's Day with a story of resilience. This episode is hosted by Kate Tellers. Storyteller: Beth de Araújo

  • 09 MAR 2021
    The Moth Radio Hour: Mighty: Bull, Pen, Gun
    53m 48s

    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 writer describes how Ernest Hemingway persuades him to risk his life by...

  • 02 MAR 2021
    The Moth Radio Hour: Caught Off Guard
    53m 23s

    In this hour, the moments of shock and uncanny realizations, and the tenacity, perspective, and humor that help us through. An unexpected skating partner, a family divided, a daily commute, and surviving a catastrophic tragedy. This episode...

  • 26 FAB 2021
    Mirrors: Kujegi Camara & Nyla Gilstrap
    30m 27s

    In this special Black History Month Episode, two stories about self-image and what "beauty" means. This episode is hosted by Moth producer and director, Jodi Powell. Storytellers: Kujegi Camara, Nyla Gilstrap

  • 23 FAB 2021
    The Moth Radio Hour: Women in the World
    53m 23s

    A special episode featuring stories from women around the world. Resilient children, computer crashes, swimming lessons, life after a house fire, standing up to bullies and accepting help from strangers. Hosted by The Moth's Executive Produ...

  • 16 FAB 2021
    The Moth Radio Hour: In Service Of
    53m 24s

    In this hour, stories of giving and receiving. A volunteer, a would-be chef, a firefighter, a date in need of a liver, and a scientist who needs a helping hand before she can help anyone else. This episode is hosted by Moth Producer Jodi Po...

  • 12 FAB 2021
    Love Hurts: Kemp Powers & Beth Bradley
    19m 37s

    This week, two stories of love, losing it and finding it again when you least expect it. This episode of The Moth Podcast is hosted by Dame Wilburn. Storytellers: Kemp Powers, Beth Bradley

  • 09 FAB 2021
    The Moth Radio Hour: Chess, Romance and Kathmandu
    53m 37s

    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 octogen...

  • 02 FAB 2021
    The Moth Radio Hour: Turning the Page
    53m 23s

    In this hour, stories of acceptance, moving on, and letting go. Growing older and maybe wiser, and stepping boldly into the future. This hour is hosted by Moth Executive Producer, Sarah Austin Jenness. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The...

  • 29 JAN 2021
    Right Here, Right Now: Julie Baker & Meg Lavery
    22m 15s

    This week, two stories about moments of reckoning. This episode is hosted by Jon Goode. Recording support from Tiffany Goode. Storytellers: Julie Baker, Meg Lavery

  • 26 JAN 2021
    The Moth Radio Hour: Ski, Poe, Spa, and Towers
    52m 25s

    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.

  • 19 JAN 2021
    The Moth Radio Hour: Birds of A Feather
    53m 24s

    Let the feathers fly! This week, a special avian hour. Stories from a Ravenmaster, a scientist, and a reluctant chicken farmer about the birds that made them as happy as a lark or as crazy as a loon. This episode is hosted by The Moth's Art...

  • 15 JAN 2021
    A Little Crush: Tim Lopez & Janine Hilling
    19m 53s

    This week, stories of childhood crushes and all the fun and embarrassment they entail. Hosted by: Chloe Salmon Storytellers: Tim Lopez, Janine Hilling

  • 12 JAN 2021
    The Moth Radio Hour: Beauty Queens, The LBJ Library and Holdups
    53m 9s

    The Moth Live in Austin, TX: a girl gets “discovered” at charm school; a Texas romance is thwarted by religion; and a teenage hotel clerk comes of age at gunpoint.

  • 05 JAN 2021
    The Moth Radio Hour: Not What They Seem
    53m 24s

    In this hour, tales that remind us that looks can be deceiving. Disguises, surprises from strangers, and reckoning with one's own identity. This episode is hosted by Moth Senior Director Jenifer Hixson. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by Th...

  • 01 JAN 2021
    Onwards! - Alix Born & Carlton Parks
    18m 8s

    In this New Year's Day episode, stories of moving into uncharted territory. Hosted by: Jon Goode Storytellers: Alix Born, Carlton Parks

  • 28 DEC 2020
    The Moth Radio Hour: Finding Your Calling
    53m 34s

    A speech writer has a defining moment at the White House; a young Carl Bernstein gets his first job as a copy boy in a news room; a firefighter charges into his first big blaze; and a doctor struggles with duty and identity while serving in...

  • 25 DEC 2020
    Put A Fork In It - Annie Share & Pamela Covington
    23m 14s

    2020 is 86-ed! In this episode, stories of food and celebration. For more information on how to help food-insecure folks this year, head to themoth.org/extras. Hosted by: Kate Tellers Storytellers: Annie Share, Pamela Covington

  • 22 DEC 2020
    The Moth Radio Hour: Presents, Menorahs and Palm Trees: December Holiday Stories
    54m 25s

    In this special December holiday hour, stories about celebration, differing traditions, and family. A mother and son do their best to keep the gifting spirit alive, a daughter tries to fulfill her mother’s wish for a Trinidadian feast, and...