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June 26th, 2013 by Warren Swil

Why don’t you

just ask Google?

Google’s answer to the question: what is reality?

THE ARE SOME QUESTIONS in life that have very complicated answers.
SQL (Structured Query Language… the computer program language used by databases around the internet to answer questions) doesn’t cut it.
What is reality, you ask?
Google says: “The world or the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them.”
The half-hour show “Reality check” on KCRW on Tuesday afternoon, had a somewhat different take.
“I’ve been driving across country. I’m in a motel. It’s late afternoon. I’m so tired that I decide to go to bed,” I hear on my car radio as I’m driving around Pasadena doing chores on a warm sunny afternoon, the top open on the car.
“I [would] get back on the road early the next morning. I go to sleep and wake up refreshed. Dawn is breaking. I pack my things ….”

The website of KCRW’s Unfictional series program “Reality Check” where you can purchase the podcast… or sign up and download it …for a donation?

THE VOICE IS deep, dark, mysterious. The background music a bit on the eerie side – synth pop, perhaps?
It continues: “And as I drive the sky grows darker. I seem to be heading into a pitch black storm sweeping over the plains….
“It’s mystifying because there’s no rain or thunder or wind….
“Something unnatural is happening; I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Reality Check” was part of the UNfictional series
produced by Bob Carlson, who introduced it this way:
“KCRW’s program of original stories and original documentaries. … Created by legendary radio storyteller Joe Frank… 30 years of blowing minds and influencing a couple of generations of radio producers.”
Check it out here
In the liner notes, it says:
“What is reality? What is the meaning of life? Evil, madness, suffering and death are explored in this delightfully whimsical program by Joe Frank. Reality Check addresses the most vexing questions concerning the human condition in a resigned, yet high-spirited way that will leave listeners heartened and uplifted. This program is for philosophically inclined audiences only.”
Much later, at the 25 minute mark, I’m back in my car. Same station. Same program.
“Still wearing my bathrobe, I enter a department store. I wonder down an aisle, when a salesclerk comes up to me and asks, “May I help you?”
“Yes, I say. Thank you. I do need help.
“Life seems meaningless to me.
“I’m making less and less sense of myself.”
The music is softer, gently soothing.
“I don’t want to be found dead in my bedroom wearing only one sock.
I don’t want to be found dead holding a book with the word ‘dead’ on its cover.”



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