Across The River

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Across The River[1]
WBAI and NPR Playhouse
Original Broadcast Date
Arthur Miller, Paul Mantell, Lester Nafzger, Avery Hart, Joe Frank
Improv Actors, 30 minutes
Preceded by: A Tour Of The City (Part 2)
Followed by: Dreams Of The River

"About ten, fifteen years ago there was a great scare that strontium ninety was going to cause cancer..."

"Across The River" is the name of a program Joe Frank produced as part of the series WBAI and NPR Playhouse. It was originally broadcast in 1984.


A bad folk singer sings about strontium, owning the sun. Men at a table discuss Strontium-91, the positive aspects of radioactive materials. A nightclub MC talks about living forever, his agent, a blind man and a cripple, etc. Panel discussion on alternative power sources: sports, human waste. A list of sound effects against a woman humming. Panel discussion: the benefits of radiation. Monologue: The trees are hung with objects. . . "on the other side" . . . "the wind does not feel the wind." Panel discussion: cancer as pure growth, progress; treadmills powering an apartment building. MC asks the time.

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WBAI and NPR Playhouse

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