About Story Central

Story Central is your hub for hearing storiestelling stories and becoming a better storyteller. We produce Strangers, which you can check out here.



About Lea Thau

Lea Thau is a Peabody Award-winning producer and director, and the creator and host of Strangers. She was the Executive and Creative Director of the storytelling organization The Moth from 2001 to 2010, and created the enormously popular Moth Podcast, as well as The Moth Radio Hour, for which she won a 2010 Peabody Award as Director, Producer and Co-host. The show was launched in August 2009 and is currently carried by nearly 300 US public radio stations. Under Lea’s leadership, The Moth grew from having a local mailing list of 5,000 people to being a national community with millions of listeners, storytellers and participants. As Executive Director, Lea increased The Moth’s annual revenues by 800 percent. Lea has directed, produced or executive produced more than 1,000 live storytelling shows around the country and has worked extensively with hundreds of individuals, one-on-one, to develop their stories, including Ethan Hawke, Margaret Cho, Darryl “DMC” MacDaniels, Marc Maron, Moby, Garrison Keillor, and many, many others. She has also taught storytelling to organizations around the country, including Google, Nike, Time, Inc. and many others. Originally from Denmark, she first came to the US as a visiting scholar at Columbia University in 1996.

What people are saying:

“Holy cow, Lea Thau! Thank you, thank you for your humor, warmth, and sincerity — I hugely and ravenously love what you are doing on Strangers. I savor that puppy each time it comes out with a special cherished, sacred feeling and I seriously can’t think of a better gift. A reliable portal to gentleness in the world. That it awaits every month eases something panicked and dark in me.” –Lulu Miller (NPR, Radio Lab)


“Lea Thau is a secret ninja story conjurer. If you were locked in a room with her for a few hours, you’d come out telling your best story, because she knows better than you do where your stories lie and she’ll find a way to summon them from deep inside you. Look out.”
-Jay Allison (Atlantic Public Media,


“Lea Thau’s stories get under my skin.  They linger, they re-arrange the way I think. They are full of observation and wonder. Her honesty, her piercing words, the array of people that I know because she transports me there, her voice that I am mesmerized by…”Strangers” is music you need to hear.”
-Davia Nelson (The Kitchen Sisters)


Lea Thau and Strangers in the press:

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