Apr 5, 2010

Moth Radio Hour returns with major foundation grant

The MacArthur Foundation awarded a two-year, $200,000 grant for production of The Moth Radio Hour, a series of live story telling performances that debuted last year. Jake Shapiro, executive director of Public Radio Exchange, recently announced that PRX will begin releasing new episodes for public radio broadcasts next month. "The Moth Radio Hour is the realization of a ten-year long dream to bring The Moth to public radio," said Lea Thau, executive and creative director of the New York-based nonprofit that stages popular story telling performances. "We have long felt that radio was the perfect medium for our stories to reach a wider audience, and we are grateful to the MacArthur Foundation for making this possible." Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media is producing the series.

A famous head, a lost mouth and the History Detectives

Thanks to PBS's History Detectives, Andrew Jackson's mouth will be returned to his head. It's part of an upcoming episode filmed on the USS Constitution, according to Puzzled? Here's a hint, a quote from the New York Times: “I believe in destiny, and I truly believe that somehow the mouth was meant to be held safe for these many years by the various members of a boating business family.” That should clear things up for you. Anyway, huzzah to the History Detectives team for the important find.