Episode #835

Cheever, Handey, Suphala

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Studio 360 Episode 835, Cheever, Handey, Suphala Suphala (Farrel Duncan)

The secret lives of monkeys, giraffes, and sexy jungle explorers. Comedy writer Jack Handey reinvents the television nature documentary -- it’s not pretty. The young tabla master Suphala stops by the studio to perform, and trumpeter Terrence Blanchard composes music for a broken New Orleans.

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