John Moe

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John Moe (born July 10, 1968) is an American writer and radio personality.

Early life[edit]

Moe grew up in Federal Way, Washington[citation needed] and graduated from Whitman College.[1]


Moe was originally hired at KUOW in 2001 as a staff writer for Rewind, a national news and satire show hosted by Weekend America’s Bill Radke. He was the host and producer of The Works, a weekly interview program from Seattle public radio station KUOW which focused on business and technology. Moe also hosted The Power of Voice, a weekly listener call-in show on local and national issues. He had been working for two and a half years as a feature reporter and occasional host when he became the senior staff reporter and sometimes host with Weekend America.[2]

Previously, Moe was a freelance reporter and later a senior reporter at American Public Media radio program Weekend America. On August 16, 2008 he became host to replace show founder Bill Radke and Radke's co-host Desiree Cooper, who became a senior correspondent for Weekend America.[3] Moe developed and wrote the weekly segment "A Little Bit of Weather Everywhere", presenting unique events happening around the country, and the weather for the day at these events. Prior to joining Weekend America full-time as a senior writer in 2007, he worked for NPR affiliate station KUOW-FM in Seattle, Washington where he hosted and produced The Works, a weekly program dedicated to business and technology.

He became the host of American Public Media's Future Tense on May 3, 2010 Podcast/Broadcast.[4] On Monday, September 20, 2010, Future Tense changed its name to Marketplace Tech Report as it became part of the Marketplace portfolio of programs.[5] On September 10, 2012, Moe left Marketplace Tech Report to devote his full-time attention to hosting the radio variety show Wits.[6] Wits was a stage and radio show performed in the Fitzgerald Theater. It began in 2010, and a podcast was created in 2012. The show consists of interviews, comedic sketches, musical performances, and a game show between the two guests, who have included George Takei, Maria Bamford, David Cross, and Neil Gaiman.


Moe is the author of Dear Luke, We Need To Talk, Darth: and Other Pop Culture Correspondences, published in June 2014. The book is a compilation of fictitious letters, notes, and messages based around familiar songs, movies, TV shows, and sporting events. He is also the author of Conservatize Me: How I Tried to Become a Righty with the Help of Richard Nixon, Sean Hannity, Toby Keith, and Beef Jerky, published in October 2006. The book chronicles Moe's attempt to become a conservative. The book contains several encounters with political experts, historians, and enthusiasts of all affiliations.

His work has appeared in the McSweeney's anthologies Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans, The McSweeney's Joke Book of Book Jokes, and Mountain Man Dance Moves.

He is also the author of Pop Song Correspondences, a feature on the McSweeney's website, which is now a recurring segment on the Wits radio show.

He previously worked at in an editorial capacity and at a staffing agency providing legal placement services.


In June 2015, Moe along with rapper Open Mike Eagle launched Conversation Parade, a podcast in which the two discuss the Cartoon Network animated series Adventure Time. The podcast has featured guests like Jeremy Shada (the voice of Finn the Human), John DiMaggio (the voice of Jake the Dog), Hynden Walch (the voice of Princess Bubblegum), Adam Muto (the series' co-executive producer and showrunner), Kent Osborne (Adventure Time's head writer), Niki Yang (the voice of BMO and Lady Rainicorn), Olivia Olson (the voice of Marceline), Jesse Moynihan (former storyboard artist), Jessica DiCicco (the voice of Flame Princess), Elizabeth Ito (one of the show's supervising directors), and alternative country musician Neko Case.[7]

In 2016, Dr. Craig Bowron MD FACP, contributor at Huffington Post, wrote an article announcing and recommending a new podcast by John Moe, The Hilarious World of Depression.[8]

Moe began the Depresh Mode[9] podcast in March 2021.

Personal life[edit]

Moe lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.[citation needed]


Radio shows developed[edit]

  • The Works
  • "A Little Bit of Weather Everywhere", weekly segment on Weekend America
  • "Pop Song Correspondences", segment on Wits

Podcasts developed[edit]

  • Conversation Parade
  • The Hilarious World of Depression
  • Depresh Mode

Radio shows hosted[edit]


  • Conservatize Me: How I Tried to Become a Righty with the Help of Richard Nixon, Sean Hannity, Toby Keith, and Beef Jerky (2006)
  • Dear Luke, We Need To Talk, Darth: and Other Pop Culture Correspondences (2014)
  • The Deleted E-Mails of Hillary Clinton: A Parody (2015)[11]
  • The Hilarious World of Depression (2020)[12]


  1. ^ John Moe (July 2008). "The ghosts of Whitman past". Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  2. ^ "American Public Media Weekend America Adds Three New Staff Reporters". Archived from the original on 2018-06-28.
  3. ^ "American Public Media American Public Media announces new Weekend America host". Archived from the original on 2018-06-28.
  4. ^ "Minnesota Public Radio News Names Jon Gordon Its First Social Media/Mobile Editor". MPR. 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
  5. ^ Moe, John "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-09-23. Retrieved 2009-09-16.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link), Tech Report Blog, September 17, 2010, accessed November 26, 2010
  6. ^ "Moe leaving 'Marketplace Tech' to focus on 'Wits'". Pioneer Press. 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-04.
  7. ^ Eagle, Mike; Moe, John (2015). "Conversation Parade: An Adventure Time Podcast". Infinite Guest Podcast Network. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  8. ^ "John Moe's "The Hilarious World of Depression"". HuffPost. 15 December 2016.
  9. ^ ""Depresh Moe with John Moe"". 10 January 2022.
  10. ^ "Bio". John Moe. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  11. ^ "Bio". John Moe. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  12. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: The Hilarious World of Depression by John Moe. St. Martin's, $27.99 (304p) ISBN 978-1-250-20928-3". Retrieved 2020-03-06.

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