Iâ€™m always looking for new podcasts to listen to as Iâ€™m working and recently, I stumbled upon The Moth as I was tuning into the live stream on WNYC. I havenâ€™t seen it mentioned on any podcast roundups Iâ€™ve recently readâ€¦so I had to tell you because I think youâ€™ll enjoy it, too.
I tend to prefer podcasts that feel more off-the-cuff because the spontaneity feels more relatable. The Moth is special because itâ€™s completely unscripted â€” people tell their personal stories live on stage in front of a room full of strangers.
As you can imagine, some of the stories are heartbreaking while others are hilarious. All are true.
Want a warm-up? Listen to Bible Salesmen, Ghosts and Strippers and just try to not get hooked!
After devouring a few dozen episodes, I landed on the ultimate goldmine: a library of a few hundred stories that play automatically when you click the â€œlisten nowâ€ button.
After I listened to them all (really!), I started thinking about what the draw was. It was simpler than I realized: our life experiences are what make us each unique. Our stories help define who we are. Theyâ€™re what people remember long after theyâ€™ve met us.
Your stories have power, whether you choose to share them in person, on a blog or on a podcast. Maybe The Moth will inspire you to share yours, whether itâ€™s your first or hundredth time saying it out loud.
Vintage moth illustration via Swallowtail Garden Seeds.