Karma (Part 7)

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Karma (Part 7)[1]
The Other Side
Original Broadcast Date
Larry Block, Kristine McKenna, Jack Kornfield, Debi Mae West, Joe Frank
Karma Style, 60 minutes
Preceded by: Karma (Part 6)
Followed by: Bad Karma

My next door neighbors are a married couple.

Karma (Part 7) is a program Joe Frank produced as part of the series The Other Side. It was originally broadcast on June 18, 2000.


  • Joe: He contemplates his successful neighbors, being alone. He babysits for them; mentions his experience with cancer; talks about going to visit a dying uncle during a blackout and turning away out of fear that he would be blamed for the man's death.
  • Jack Kornfield: imagine being told a cancer diagnosis is a mistake.
  • Joe: He pays a medical bill for his maid's child; imagines marrying the woman.
  • Larry Block and Joe: A discussion of French toast, high end maple syrup, expensive vodka, medical drugs, hip psychiatrists.
  • Kornfield: A TS Eliot poem; caring and not caring
  • Joe: a dream of Kate wearing braces
  • Larry and Joe: avoiding Kate when she returns from Rome. Larry discusses people who are too self confidant.
  • Kristine McKenna: pride and jealousy; Joe's theme of being replaced by another man.
  • Joe: trying to fill a Saturday without Kate.
  • Debi Mae West: A messy relationship with a boss at the office.
  • Kornfield: a monk is dissatisfied with a series of monasteries. A master faces death. No one expects to die.
  • Joe: Kristine is bitten by her fighting cats, ends up in the hospital. A woman dies in the ER.
  • Kristine: a man on the ward screams and seems to be dying. Growing spiritually just in time for the body to die.
  • Joe: A birthday party. A comedy writer who has an assistant carry around a briefcase with his entire advance for a film and two tape recorders, one recording the present, one playing what happened twenty four hours previously. He is rude in a cafe, then buys the place piece by piece. He squats and shits in the airport terminal.
  • Kornfield: the scale of the universe, microscopic and cosmological empty space.
  • Debi: she wants tantric sex.