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WBAI And NPR Playhouse
Original Broadcast Date
Mark Hammer, F. Murray Abraham, Barbara Sohmers, Christina Moore, Tim Jerome, Arthur Miller, Jane Hunt, Joe Frank
1 hour
Preceded by: Joe Frank In Concert
Followed by: Pilot

"At some point when I was in high school I lost my draft card, and my folks changed houses, and I think there was a period of two years there, or three years, or four years, when the Army lost me. They couldn't find me."

Lies is the name of a program Joe Frank produced as part of the series WBAI And NPR Playhouse. It was originally broadcast in 1982.


  • A guy avoids the draft by pretending to take drugs.
  • A military intelligence officer at a translation center in Vietnam during the war.
  • A pair of radical women screw up a revolutionary bank robbery and go on the run.
  • A man talks about having been politically active.
  • A man meets a woman in a deli; "it had the cadence of witty repartee without the wit;" her roommate makes bagel and cream cheese paperweights, he goes to her place later. She tells him about a rape long ago, about a marriage to a man who shits in bed.
  • Joe is a social climbing night watchman, lists things he must do every night, discusses office people.
  • Scenes from the office - a board room filled with terror, one with giggling idiots, a woman shouts colors against a background of machinery.
  • Joe buries his boss and takes his place.

Interesting Facts

The first 30 minutes of the 1985 Martin Scorcese comedy After Hours plagiarizes the plot setup and portions of woman-in-the-deli segment from "Lies". Joe recounts learning about this plagiarism in the 90 minute version of No Show, and his decision to accept a settlement and remain uncredited on the film. Coincidentally, Larry Block appears as a taxi driver in the film, a role that originates with this episode.

The "fugitive radical women" segment appears to have been inspired by Susan Edith Saxe and Katherine Ann Power, who committed robberies in 1970.



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