The Moth

Thursdays at 8pm and Sundays at 1pm on WMRA

Funny. Sad. True. The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. The Moth was founded in 1997 by poet and novelist George Dawes Green who strove to recreate in New York the tradition of sharing personal stories as he did with his friends on a porch in Georgia. The first Moth show was in Green's New York living room but word of these storytelling evenings quickly spread, and in the years since hundreds of thousands of people have been entertained and enlightened by uniquely crafted Moth stories; on stages, on radio and a weekly podcast.

Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience.

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.

Hear The Moth every Thursday night at 8pm and Sunday afternoon at 1pm on WMRA.

Originally formed by the writer George Dawes Green as an intimate gathering of friends on a porch in Georgia (where moths would flutter in through a hole in the screen), and then recreated in a New York City living room, The Moth quickly grew to produce immensely popular events at theaters and clubs around New York City and later around the country.

Today, The Moth is a nonprofit organization with ongoing programs, all of which contribute their best stories to The Moth Radio Hour: The Moth Mainstage where celebrities appear alongside unique voices from all walks of life; The Moth's StorySLAM competitions, which are open to all and rapidly expanding to cities across the country; and The Moth's community outreach program, MothShop, which brings workshops to people whose stories would otherwise go unheard.

The Moth Pitch Line invites people to pitch story ideas online or through a toll-free hotline. To learn more about The Moth, visit TheMoth.org.