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In The Dark
Original Broadcast Date
William Reinert, J.P. Fenyo
Real People, 30 minutes
Preceded by: Lila And The Professor
Followed by: Prayer (Remix)

"Basically time is just a dimension of the universe."

Streetwise is a program Joe Frank produced as part of the series In The Dark. It was originally broadcast in 1995.


'Basically time is just a dimension of the universe...' a 'homeless' fellow delivers a monologue on time, sound, music ('there are those who use music to kill people'); people made fun of him after he came out to California (in a dream, America is a big dog, Los Angeles a giant tick sucking its blood); geneticists and computer scientists have developed perfect clones. He hates garbage. His adoptive mother tried to rape him. When he was in Hawaii he got the word from outer space that he was the 'self-proclaimed king of the universe'.[1][2]

10:20: 'No one can dare say for sure one way or the other that a the universe is finite or infinite...' a different guy talks about the universe, how dropped out of Brooklyn College, is a bit autistic, dropped out (1987), spent nights on the street. He's living in Baltimore, gives advice on the street, sometimes goes to Washington (DC).

19:50: The first guy is back, tells the story of a fellow going down a road, seeing a group beating a corpse, allegedly because of his debts. The fellow paid off the corpse's debts; the corpse came back as a beggar who helped the fellow become rich.[3]

22:50: The second guy wants there to be a Nobel prize for philosophy.

Legacy Synopsis

A street guy talks about time and music, Los Angeles as a giant tick, being sexually assaulted by his mother, drummers as time creatures. Another guy talks about his infinite uniqueness theory, "Einstein syndrome", going into business with a free advice sign. The first guy talks about dead body being beaten, vampire wealth, being raised from birth in a tiny room and trained to launch a nuclear war. Second guy talks about getting the Nobel prize.



  1. Joe re-used some of this in Dreamland: A Compilation
  2. I've listened to a lot of homeless people in downtown LA - this guy talks coherently (his ideas are nonsense), more like an actor playing a part.
  3. This is an example of a Grateful dead folk tale.