Cartoons, Cleanups, and Close Calls - Tara Clancy 4

“I was a walking cliché in every way except for the fact that I still spent every odd weekend talking with this art-collecting, croquet-playing, brilliant, if pretty intimidating, man at his mansion.”

Photo by Jason Falchook

Cartoons, Cleanups, and Close Calls

A jack-of-all-trades enters a cartoon contest, a teacher’s pet is invited to do a special project, a girl from Queens learns to think big, and a woman walking alone at night faces her worst fears. Hosted by Moth Senior Director, Jenifer Hixson. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. 

Matthew Diffee decides to become a cartoonist.

Ijeoma Oluo realizes that a school teacher was trying to be charitable.

Tara Clancy lives a dual lifestyle growing up in Queens and The Hamptons.

Nancy Finton narrowly escapes an attacker.


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12:40
Musical Chairs

by Matt Diffee

A jack-of-all-trades enters a cartoon contest.

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06:43
Dance Champions and Charity Cases

by Ijeoma Oluo

A teacher’s pet is invited to do a special project. 

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13:08
The Moon and Stars Talks

by Tara Clancy

A girl from Queens learns to think big.

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09:23
I Never Saw His Face

by Nancy Finton

A woman walking alone at night faces her worst fears.

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Extras From This Episode

Matt Diffee 

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Matt Diffee with Cartoonist George Booth.

For more on Matthew's story, check out The MOTHerview with storyteller Matthew Diffee.

Ijeoma Oluo

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Ijeoma Oluo as a kid, dancing with her mom.

Tara Clancy

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Tara’s mom and Mark dancing.

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Tara’s friends Rob and Lynette.

The music in this story

  • The Drift - Uncanny Valley
  • Chandler Travis Philarmonic - Mid-morning in Moscow
  • Enur featuring Natasha - Calabria
  • Glenn Gould - Moonlight Sonata ( # 14 in C-Sharp Minor)
  • Carolina Chocolate Drops - Snowden's Jig