Higher Learning

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Higher Learning[1]
The Other Side
Original Broadcast Date
Friederike Frank, Joe Frank
Absurd Monologue, 1 hour
Preceded by: The Box
Followed by: Holy Land

"I just, just turned eightteen in November."

Higher Learning is the name of a program Joe Frank produced as part of the series The Other Side. It was originally broadcast on November 14, 1999.


  • His mom tells of her early adulthood, her marriage to an older man.
  • Straining to appear likeable, the audience at a play as performers.
  • Humans making up for our physical inferiority
  • A child falling asleep imagines being offered hideous decisions: torture of himself or others.
  • Joe Frank the schoolteacher, dating coworker Kim with capped teeth, premature ejaculation
  • Defending against students' intellectual attacks
  • The insignificance of humans in the universe. A city viewed from an airplane.
  • Joe's mother talks about her sick husband, hospitals, nurse revenge.

Interesting Facts

  • Joe's story of life as a schoolteacher also appears in Pretender.
  • This program shares material with Cocktails Before Dinner, and it shares text with God Only Knows
  • This program may have aired in 1992, and as part of KCRW's Flashback series.



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I love the opening musical loop. Nice and mellow. I also particularly enjoy when Joe talks about the vastness of the universe and our apparent insignificance in it. Add his commentary about how frail we truly are, and this is a winner for me. I ranted about this once on my web site.

External Links

The Other Side

Always | Angina Dialogues, The | Anthology Of Love (Remix) | At Last | At The Border (Remix) | At The Dark End Of The Bar | At The Dark End Of The Bar (Remix) | Bad Karma | Bitter Pill | Black Hole (Remix) | Box, The | Brothers | Caged Heart | Cave Dreamer | Clement at Christmas | Don't Know Mind | Dreamland: A Compilation | Emptiness | Endings | Evening Sky | Fire and Ice | Four Part Dissonance | Future, The | Higher Learning | Holy Land | In the Dark (remix) | Insomnia | Jam | Karma (Part 1) | Karma (Part 2) | Karma (Part 3) | Karma (Part 4) | Karma (Part 5) | Karma (Part 6) | Karma (Part 7) | Karma Crash | Karma Don't Deny Me | Karma For Dollars | Karma Memories | Karma Redux | Love Is | Love Prisoner | Lover Man | Margarita | Men of the Cloth | Mercy | Mystery | Nature of Things, The | No Angel | On the Edge (remix) | Pledge Drive 2000-01-29 | Pledge Drive Rough Cuts | Pledge Drive, 2000-08-06 | Plerophory Of Pain | Predator | Prison Songs | Red Sea (a compilation) | Silent Sea | Small World Karma | Stoner | Summer Hill | Sunday Morning Service | Terminal | Two Women (Remix) | Waiting For Karma | Waiting For The Bell | What Do Women Want? | Where Will It End? | Windows | Wire, The | Woman And Bull In Paint Factory | Zen