The Moth Podcast

The Moth Podcast

United States

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


Tony Birch & Brad Lawrence  

A rebellious teen copes with an abusive father and his crush on the girl from the fruit stand. And a young boy learns to see past his sins after being exorcised in an elevator by Evangelical Christians.

Tara Clancy & Adrienne Truscott  

A girl from Queens learns to think big, and a performance artist receives a death threat.

Tracy Rowland & Carlos Kotkin  

A woman dates a musician who has a dependent relationship with a life coach, and a man becomes a new father sooner than expected.

The Moth Radio Hour: 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. Storytellers: Fred Johnson, Vivienne Andersen, Pam Burrell, Steve Zimmer, Tony Cyprien, Pam Colby, Bess Stillman.

The Moth Radio Hour: One Thing in Common  

In this hour, four stories of lessons learned. Lessons of sharing, flirting, parenting and religious texts. Storytellers: Ashok Ramasubramanian, Jane Green, Shayk Umar, Cybele Abbett

The Moth Radio Hour: LA Confidential: Honor Guard, Swing Dancing, and Data Hacking for a Date  

In this hour, stories from Los Angeles. A divorced woman does a complete makeover on her lifestyle, an Air Force veteran describes what its like to be a member of The Honor Guard, a mourning woman looks for solace in swing dancing, a computer hacker messes with the algorithms of OKCupid. Storytellers: Carol Leifer, Adrian Estrada, Vicki Juditz, and Chris McKinlay.

The Moth Radio Hour: REM, Car Wrecks and the Circus  

In this hour, we explore What Went Wrong: a dad gets chummy with a rock star and causes havoc, a childhood trauma shapes a super model’s outlook and The Big Apple Circus imports communist the height of the cold war. Storytellers: Gordon Edelstein, Padma Lakshmi, and Paul Binder.

George Lombardi & Mary Navarre  

A young doctor is whisked halfway across the globe to care for an ailing international religious icon and a Catholic school dropout searches for meaning.

The Moth Radio Hour: 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. Storytellers: Adam Gopnik, David Chang, and Lisa Lampanelli.

Angela Lush & TJ McDonald  

A woman decides to rebel against her family by getting a tattoo and a New Zealander visits America only to discover he's completely out of place.

The Moth Radio Hour: 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. Storytellers: Jeffrey Solomon, Edgar Oliver, and Elif Shafak.

Shalom Auslander & Jeanette Walls  

A son finds his dad's porn collection which reveals something surprising about his parent's relationship and a woman learns to embrace her past.

Tony Wheeler & Aaron Wolfe  

A tale of family adventure from the founder of Lonely Planet and a man has a run in with some Howler monkeys in Nicaragua.

Jessi Klein: Breaking Up in the Age of Google  

A difficult break-up lures a young woman into a digital vortex.

The Moth Radio Hour: Phone Call, Flamenco, Surprise Party  

A call to a hotline, a rabbi caught speeding, a rookie reporter, a swim test, an unwanted surprise party and an obsession with Flamenco. Storytellers: Auburn Sandstrom, Tere Negrete, Daniel Judson, Ray Christian, Todd Shafer, Mary Furlong Coomer.

Dante Jackson & Brie Mann-Hernandez  

A middle school student comes out of his shell at his 8th grade prom and learns to dance and a young woman who is convinced that her step-grandmother must be evil is furious when all her attempts to “break her” fail.

Catherine Smyka & Sasha Chanoff  

A woman tries to avoid a hard conversation with her dad but then gets stuck on a road detour and a humanitarian rescue worker is forced to decide whether he will break the rules to save more lives.

The Moth Radio Hour: Fathers and Children: Adventures, Joys, and Predicaments  

A daughter struggles with her father’s depression, a drill sergeant gets queasy, the grandson of President Harry S Truman visits Japan, a single dad teaches his kids a lesson, and a father and son must face down the same demon. Storytellers: Karen Jones, Ed Gavagan, Clifton Truman Daniel, Nestor Gomez, and Glenn Rockowitz.

The Moth Radio Hour: Mets, McDonalds, and a White House Secret  

An author writes a spoof “kids” book about going to sleep, a family’s obsessive love of a baseball team, a teenage girl discovers her crush is in a gang, and a presidential speech writer has a secret. Storytellers: Adam Mansbach, Marie Hershkowitz, Deborah Allen Carr, and Jon Lovett.

The Moth Radio Hour: Pagan Fundraisers, Blue Haired Boy, Autism and Oscar  

In this hour, a celebration of Moth stories and storytellers from Michigan. A woman visits a fortuneteller and is told she is cursed, a stay-at-home mother contemplates becoming a minister, the father of an autistic child describes his son’s perilous adventure and a woman takes in a history buff in need of shelter. This hour includes an interview with Patricia Wheeler, Michigan StorySLAM producer. Storytellers: Dame Wilburn, Tina Zimmerman, Eddie Hejka Sam, and Michelle Fecteau.

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