Team Moth: Personal Stories Podcast (LA)


Your team will create a podcast that tells a true story in ‘Moth style’: extemporaneously and recorded in front of a live audience. Teams will respond to prompts taken directly from the Common Application that many students use to apply to college.


In this Challenge, your team will create a video of your entire team telling a true story in ‘Moth style.’ What is a Moth? A Moth is the telling of a true story that happened to the presenter. But the story must be told extemporaneously, which according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary means “carefully prepared but delivered without notes or text” and recorded in front of a live audience of your peers. The Moth format comes to us from National Public Radio (NPR). The format is affectionately described there as being “dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. It is a celebration of both the raconteur, who breathes fire into true tales of ordinary life, and the storytelling novice, who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it. At the center of each performance is, of course, the story – and the Moth’s directors work with each storyteller to find, shape and present it.” So what is this story supposed to be about? To answer this, Meridian Stories has turned to The Common Application for inspiration. The Common Application is a standardized admissions application process used by many colleges in the US. The Common Application offers essay prompts that often ask students to consider questions that demand personal exploration and reflection. Current or old questions are all in play. So, choose the prompt, reflect, organize…and perform.