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The Other Side
Original Broadcast Date
November 19, 2000
Roy Eisenstein, Niles Goldstein, Jack Kornfield, Khalid Muhammad, Joe Frank
Real People, 59 minutes
Preceded by: Silent Sea
Followed by: Brothers

"I must say that I did not come to Los Angeles to tiptoe through the tulips."

Mystery is a program Joe Frank produced as part of the series The Other Side. It was originally broadcast on November 19, 2000.


  • An anti-Semitic and racist speech by former NOI spokesman Khalid Muhammad: Comparing the Holocaust to African history. Why kill the women and babies? "Kill them again."
  • A guy named Eisenstein talks about being Jewish in the US military and being confronted by racist soldiers. Jew as a six syllable word. A friendship between two 'steins. Antisemitic comments lead to a fight in a soldiers' bar.
  • Joe in a conversation with a rabbi: Jewish scholarship and the ambiguous god. Believing in something with no rational support because it is comforting. A child frightened in a room who believes in nearby parents as an analogy for man and god. No atheists in foxholes re-re-interpreted. What one does when confronted with the face of the absurd.
  • Muhammad: comparing Jews to parasites.
  • Eisenstein: taking Benzedrine and sharing a room with a couple having sex. The guy he fought apologizes. After the fight he is respected by the others in his unit.
  • Rabbi conversation: Cruelty in the animal kingdom, transcending ethics, believing in something that cannot even be defined.
  • Kornfield on suffering.
  • Rabbi conversation: believing because of a handful of experiences. Theism as an irrational belief. God compared to unrequited love in poetry. If humans need god, does that imply god.


Additional Credits

The original broadcast credits state: "With Roy Eisenstein, Rabbi Niles Goldstein, author of God at the Edge: Searching for the Divine in Uncomfortable and Unexpected Places, Jack Kornfield, and Joe Frank. With excerpts from a speech by Khalid Muhammad in Los Angeles, May 27, 1994. Production: Bob Carlson. Music consultant: Thomas Golubić. Production assistance: Esmé Gregson."


  • The original broadcast was prefaced with the statement "The following program contains material many will find objectionable. We urge you to listen to the entire show before making any judgments."