Join us for a curated presentation of special programs from public radio producers across the country.
Two conversations, first with Ben Stiller and then with comic Tig Notaro. Ben Stiller may be one of the biggest movie stars in the world, but he is not above sitting in the garage for a chat with Marc about show biz, parents, rivalries, Apatow, anxieties and, of course, Heat Vision & Jack. Plus Tig Notaro talks about why she hates people who take pity on female comics.
A conversation with comic, director and writer Louis CK. After months of false starts, Marc finally tracks down his old friend Louis. Louis is at the top of his game today, but he and Marc recall the days when they were both struggling young comics in Boston, when Louis was getting rejected by SNL, and when his movie was being taken away from him by a Hollywood studio.
July 21st would have been Marshall McLuhan’s 100th birthday. To mark this anniversary and reflect back on the work of the man who predicted the World Wide Web, Marshall McLuhan at 100 will examine the life and career of the visionary media thinker to find out what he got right and what he had wrong.
Marc sits down with Bob Odenkirk, one half of the influential '90s HBO sketch program Mr. Show. Odenkirk has gone on to be a succesful director, writer and actor. They'll talk about the discipline it takes to get creative projects made. Plus, a conversation in the car with the delightfully bizarre comic Maria Bamford.
Conan. That's really all you need to know. The late night legend makes good on his promise to sit down in Marc's garage for a chat. They discuss Conan's personal insecurities, the people who leave him starstruck, how he's still processing what happened to him at NBC and how the recent events in his professional life helped him relax.
Travels with Mike stops in some of the same towns that author John Steinbeck visited when he travelled around the country in 1960 on a trip that inspired him to write the iconic book “Travels with Charley”. Travels with Mike comprises a series of conversations, across time, between a great American writer of the last century and a diverse array of contemporary artists — conversations about issues, place, and the spirit of the country.
Judd Apatow is one of the most prolific and successful creators of comedy in Hollywood. But at age 16, Judd was already doing his own radio show not unlike the one Marc does today. You'll hear rare clips of young Judd in 1983 talking to Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno and Garry Shandling, well before the big breaks that launched them all to superfame. Marc finds out what those interviews taught Judd and how they impacted his own career.
If you want to be out and proud then Africa is not most inviting of places. Homosexual acts are illegal in numerous countries on the continent and in recent years many African leaders have been increasing the anti-gay rhetoric. In Uganda a proposed anti-gay law continues to be discussed which includes life imprisonment for gays.
The Moth's founder, George Dawes Green, details the fireworks when his mother learns that her family plantation is slated to be turned into a theme park; a spectacularly eccentric mother and Savannah, GA work in tandem to create a true bohemian; and a guard at Sing Sing is intrigued by a prisoner's mysterious tattoo. Hosted by Catherine Burns, The Moth's Artistic Director.
Symphony Space’s marks its 30th annual celebration of James Joyce’s Ulysses Thursday, June 16 with a marathon reading featuring over 100 actors and all 18 episodes of the famed novel. WNYC 93.9 FM will join in to broadcast the readings from 8pm until it ends sometime after midnight, or you can stream the complete live video Webcast below.
What if you don't believe in god and the thought of church makes you queasy? Can you still experience the sacred? There's a growing movement of secular scientists who revel in the awe and wonder of nature. In this hour from To the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll search for science-based spirituality and try to answer the question: can science be sacred?
Double amputee Aimee Mullins chronicles her adventures with prosthetic legs as an athlete, actress and artist; the mother of a bullied teen tells the story of his suicide; Ex-NYC Mayor Ed Koch stands up to his anti-Semitic platoon leader while in training for WWII; and three teenagers from Grace King High School in New Orleans share their stories on the theme Prejudice and Power. Hosted by Sarah Austin Jenness, The Moth's Producing Director.
Islamic culture was once the center of the scientific world. During Europe's Dark Ages, Baghdad, Cairo and other Middle Eastern cities were the key repositories of ancient Greek science. Muslim scholars themselves made breakthroughs in medicine, optics, and mathematics. Today the Islamic world lags far behind the West in science and technology. What happened? In this hour, we'll look at the challenges facing Muslim scientists.
The Moth's Senior Producer Jenifer Hixson hosts this hour. Phil Caputo shares how a bullet wound helped him heal his soul; a little girl learns what love is all about after surviving a terrible car accident; a young man and and his father succumb to guilt at the animal shelter; and a burnt-out corporate executive tries to shake her A-type personality at art school.
Popular Moth storyteller Tom Shillue hosts this hour. The star of the kid's TV show Blue's Clues, Steve Burns, details his complicated relationship with fame. A 13-year-old girl from Somalia immigrates to the US and struggles to keep her troubled sister in the country. On the eve of her high school reunion, a woman copes with bombshell news: her husband thinks he might be gay.
For centuries, we've been told the soul is what makes each of us unique. It's why we have moral responsibility. And it's the part of us that lives on after we die. But many scientists now say the soul is just an outdated myth, an idea that can be explained away by new insights from neuroscience and evolutionary biology.
If there's one strand of evolutionary theory that sticks in the craw of nearly every religious believer, it's the idea that human beings are just an evolutionary accident. But what if we aren't? What if the evolution of humans, or some brainy creature like us, was inevitable once life first appeared on Earth?
In this hour, you’ll learn how The Moth got its name from its creator George Dawes Green, and hear three compelling stories: Wanda Ballard, one of the original members of The Moth shares a heartwarming story about her dad; a former New York City firefighter tells the story of a tragic fire and the lifelong impact it has had on him; and author Richard Price reveals how he gets some of the ideas for his stories.
This hour explores some of the fundamental mysteries of life - from how it first started on Earth to the possibility of supremely intelligent life on other planets and why technology is evolving like life itself. We begin with a rare recording of Nobel Prize winning physicist Edwin Schrodinger and comments on his book "What Is Life?" from Nobel Prize winning biologists James Watson and Harold Varmus. We also hear from Ken Miller, co-author of the most widely used biology textbook in American high schools, and Craig Venter, widely regarded as one of science's leading innovators. Venter, who's come as close as anyone has to creating life in a test tube, tells Steve Paulson what drives him. And we hear from some ordinary people about what they think life is.
Playwright Mike Daisey hosts a live Moth performance called OMG: Stories of the Sacred, at The New York Public Library. Andrew Solomon goes to Afghanistan in search of the artistic community and finds a reemerging, creative underground. Comedian Judy Gold talks about how Judaism helped her through some of her darkest hours. And The Reverend Al Sharpton finds forgiveness in his heart for the man who almost killed him.