I absolutely love this new series I discovered on CBC Radio One a few weeks ago. It’s the US based Moth Series, and the concept is a simple one. Simply put, it’s real stories told by real people in front a live audience. We’ve all heard the famous axiom that truth is often times much stranger than fiction, and these stories are no exception. Here are a few of my favourites so far. Unfortunately, I can’t embed these puppies (with the exception of the Gavagan tale), so click the name, then click listen on the new page. You can also download podcasts from itunes.
Pickpocket School – by Sherman O.T. Powell
A pickpocket gets schooled in the fine art of thievery until it all goes up in smoke.
Anthony The Hat – by Richie DiSalvo
A pizza maker falls in with the Mob quicker than you can down a baby Calzone.
It’s Like Borrowing – by Shannon Cason
A gambling addiction quickly spirals out of control into a bank robbery without a gun.
Victim’s Impact – by Ed Gavagan
The survivor of a gang initiation involving 5 kids with knives left Ed on death’s door, but he somehow found a way to hang on, and has an emotional, heart wrenching story to tell. This one made me tear up a bit.
Top Image featuring Sherman “O.T.” Powell with a sign on The Moth’s first West Coast tour. Photo by Steve Osborne.