White Elephants

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White Elephants
WBAI And NPR Playhouse
Original Broadcast Date
Joe Frank
Narrative Monologue, 31 minutes
Preceded by: The Eighty Yard Run
Followed by: Adventures Along The Spectrum

The first day I arrived in Sri Lanka I checked in at an odd looking hotel, an Islamic Holiday Inn.

White Elephants is the name of a program produced by Joe Frank for NPR in 1980.

It was rediscovered and released on Joefrank.com in 2020


  • This show begins with Joe's Sri Lanka material from Landing Strip In The Jungle, A
  • Then turns to the ruined suburban family material from Stories For Nothing
  • Then returns to Joe traveling in Sri Lanka from Landing Strip In The Jungle, A
  • A young man walking in the woods with his friends, all stoned, sees arrows whistling past.
  • Beggars in Tibet and Nepal.
  • An alternative high school in Somerville, Massachusetts.
  • A private tour of a cathedral.