KCRW lost a legend last week when Joe Frank died at the age of 79. In tribute to Joe, KCRW is airing selections of his immersive, mind-bending and inspirational work. Airs 8–9 pm, Jan. 22–26.
Monday, January 22, 2018
A Landing Strip in the Jungle
Selected by friend and collaborator, Mike Meloan
Joe’s visit to Sri Lanka leads to an odd relationship with a beggar boy. A drug overdose culminates in the realization that ‘life is meaningless.’ Time spent in a tropical country under colonial domination. A dreamlike monologue montage. Joe presides over the ‘Survivor of the Year’ competition featuring individuals who have survived harrowing experiences. Life on the lower East Side of Manhattan.
-Featuring Lester Nafzger, Fred Coffin, Arthur Miller and Joe Frank
-From Work in Progress, 1986
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Eye In The Sky
Selected by collaborator, David Cross
A traffic helicopter reporter describes increasing mayhem on the freeways of Los Angeles. Shot down by a missile, he philosophizes about life.
-From Somewhere Out There, 1996
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Small World Karma
Selected by friend and collaborator, Debi Mae West
The film "The Incredible Shrinking Man" is revisited and analyzed. Larry Block and Joe Frank discuss God’s dubious role in the outcomes of competitive sports. Larry apologizes for being Jewish. Joe recounts his childhood illness and aborted visit to his dying uncle during the 1960s NYC blackout.
-Featuring Larry Block, Debi Mae West and Joe Frank
-From The Other Side, 2000
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Selected by friend and fan Alexander Payne
This Peabody Award-winning series tells the story of Eleanor, a lonely divorced woman, who joins an agency that rents her and her children to bachelors. The children disappear and Eleanor repeatedly calls her ex-husband, Arthur, begging him to return to her. Remarried, he rejects her entreaties and denies they ever had children. The story is interspersed with mock-serious panel discussions concerning the viability and morality of renting women and their children to bachelors.
This is the second installment in a three-part series. The other installments can be found at JoeFrank.com
- Featuring Barbara Sohmers, Mark Hammer, Arthur Miller, Tim Jerome, Nick Ullett, Carolyn Swift, Larry Block, Lynn, Sarah, Carmen, Thomas, Tim, Sharon, and Christa
-From Work In Progress, 1987
Friday, January 26, 2018
- Produced in 2005
To browse and listen to Joe Frank’s entire archive you can go to JoeFrank.com