The Moth

The Moth

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

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Our Editor's Take


The stories told in this podcast reveal the heart of human experience. Listeners hear about small-town life, and dig deeper into historic events like Juneteenth. Fascinating stories can come from the most unexpected places. This podcast seeks them out and shares the best ones with the world. The Moth celebrates life, experience, and much more.

The craft of storytelling is ancient and an essential part of human life. Here, the storytellers go back to the basic elements of focus and cadence. No great story needs bells and whistles to shine. A good story only needs a good storyteller. Each episode brings something new to the table. The brand has since expanded to The Moth Radio Hour and public radio stations all over the country. But the podcast remains the most vital source of this storytelling format. Its archives burst with years' worth of beautiful, painful, unforgettable tales, and they are always growing.

The Moth built its reputation on live events and open mic nights in New York City. The Moth Podcast grew out of these and has flourished ever since. It brings the art of the storyteller to the digital world. Hosts include Jenifer Hixson, Neil Gaiman, Bethany Van Delft, and many other prominent literary figures. The Moth is a nonprofit organization with Peabody awards in the cabinet. There's nothing better than a mothwork.

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