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FTV 520 Remembering Erik Bauersfeld

Posted in Update on April 29th, 2016

In this episode of From the Vault we remember longtime KPFA Drama & Literature Director Erik Bauersfeld, who passed away at the age of 94 on Sunday, April 3, 2016. Bauersfeld was a talented voice-over actor and radio drama producer, who blessed Pacifica Radio with an incredible legacy spanning six decades. Among his many notable accomplishments in radio and film, Bauersfeld voiced the part of Admiral Ackbar in the third film of the ‘original’ Star Wars trilogy, Return of the Jedi.

Our tribute to Bauersfeld today will highlight two of his superb recordings held in the collection at Pacifica Radio Archives. We begin with the 1967 dramatic reading of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, starring Martin and Nancy Ponch, Chris Lighthill, Shirley Jones, Toby Halpern, and Erik Bauersfeld as the “Ridiculous Man.” We then listen to a 1967 radio performance of two monologues Bauersfeld adapted from Dorothy Parker’s Arrangement in Black and White and But the One on My Right, starring Ann Content and Norma Jean Wanvig.

Learn more about Erik Bauersfeld at BardRadio.com.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.

PURCHASE a copy of this program or learn more about the historic archival recordings used within this episode. To purchase a CD copy of this program by phone, please call Pacifica Radio Archives at 800.735.0230 x 262.

FTV 519 Robert Kennedy’s 1968 Presidential Campaign

Posted in Update on April 22nd, 2016

This week on From the Vault we study the 1968 presidential campaign of Robert F. Kennedy. We’ll follow his meteoric rise from presidential race late-comer to popular candidate and shocking murder through a series of recordings preserved by Pacifica Radio Archives.

We begin with one of Kennedy’s early campaign speeches from March of 1968 on the campus of San Fernando Valley State College (later renamed California State University, Northridge). Here, Kennedy states his positions on the United Farm Worker strike and involvement of the U.S. in Vietnam, and takes questions from reporters afterwards.

A few weeks later Bobby Kennedy was back in Los Angeles to speak in front of a gathering of business and financial leaders at the Biltmore Hotel on April 19th, 1968. Again we’ll hear Kennedy’s charm even when facing a hostile audience.

We conclude with interview with USA Radio Networks White House Correspondent Connie Lawn, who was a young journalist getting her first major work covering the Presidential campaign with Robert F. Kennedy. She spoke with the BBC’s Joanne Griffith about her experience on the campaign trail with Kennedy and the relevance of the historic events of 1968 today. Woven into this interview as she describes the evening of Bobby Kennedy’s shooting by Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan is event actuality from the Pacifica Radio Archives.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.

PURCHASE a copy of this program or learn more about the historic archival recordings used within this episode. To purchase a CD copy of this program by phone, please call Pacifica Radio Archives at 800.735.0230 x 262.

FTV 518 Illeana Douglas Introduces Helen Gahagan Douglas

Posted in Update on April 15th, 2016

This week on From the Vault we welcome actor, director, screenwriter, producer, and Turner Classic Movies host Illeana Douglas, who introduces us to a 1973 interview with her grandmother, Helen Gahagan Douglas, and shares some touching personal stories.

Helen Gahagan Douglas was was born November 25th, 1900 and died on June 28, 1980; during the 1920’s and ‘30’s, Douglas worked as a stage and screen actress, and had one starring role, in the 1935 film She. In 1944, Douglas was elected to the United States Congress, as a Democratic representative from California’s 14th Congressional District, where she would go on to serve three terms; in 1950, she ran for Senate, losing out to Richard M. Nixon – who she nicknamed “Tricky Dick” for his unsavory campaign tactics. The name stuck.

At the time of this 1973 interview, the Watergate scandal was in full swing, and Douglas discussed at length Nixon’s “dirty tricks,” Nixon’s 1950 smear tactics, and the necessity of election reform.

This recording was preserved and made available for broadcast thanks to a grant from the NHPRC at the National Archives, and is part of the collection, American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.

PURCHASE a copy of this program or learn more about the historic archival recordings used within this episode. To purchase a CD copy of this program by phone, please call Pacifica Radio Archives at 800.735.0230 x 262.

FTV 517 Drama and Literature at KPFK, Part 2

Posted in Update on April 8th, 2016

In celebration of Pacifica Radio and KPFA’s 50th Anniversary in 1999, former KPFA Drama & Literature Director Susan Stone teamed up with her colleagues to present an outstanding survey of sounds representing the radio arts broadcast on the station over the years.

This week on From the Vault we revisit this extraordinary documentary (Part 2 of 2):

“In the afternoon of April 15, 1949 KPFA-FM was finally on the air. And its extraordinary offerings of news, public affairs, music, arts, and cultural programming began. And what a feast! KPFA’s Drama and Literature Department was there from the start, with a heady infusion of readings, musings, and theater.

Maya Angelou, Ann Sexton, and Langston Hughes read to us of men and women, and saints and sinners, Dylan Thomas evoked a childhood in Wales, Claire Bloom read from the Book of Ruth, Pablo Neruda spoke of home in Chile, anthropologist Jaime d’Angulo immortalized the Achumawi, Bob and Ray laughed at us and we laughed back.”

Featured in Part 2 of Stone’s documentary are broadcast recordings of Isabelle Allende, Lenny Bruce, Jello Biafra, Alice Walker, Susan Sonntag, and Frank Lloyd Wright, to name a just a few.

This program is dedicated to the memory of Erik Bauersfeld, KPFA’s Drama & Literature Director from 1963-1991.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.

PURCHASE a copy of this program or learn more about the historic archival recordings used within this episode. To purchase a CD copy of this program by phone, please call Pacifica Radio Archives at 800.735.0230 x 262.

FTV 516 Drama and Literature at KPFA, Part 1

Posted in Update on April 1st, 2016

In celebration of Pacifica Radio and KPFA’s 50th Anniversary in 1999, former KPFA Drama & Literature Director Susan Stone teamed up with her colleagues to present an outstanding survey of sounds representing the radio arts broadcast on the station over the years.

This week on From the Vault we revisit this extraordinary documentary:

“In the afternoon of April 15, 1949 KPFA-FM was finally on the air. And its extraordinary offerings of news, public affairs, music, arts, and cultural programming began. And what a feast! KPFA’s Drama and Literature Department was there from the start, with a heady infusion of readings, musings, and theater.

Maya Angelou, Ann Sexton, and Langston Hughes read to us of men and women, and saints and sinners, Dylan Thomas evoked a childhood in Wales, Claire Bloom read from the Book of Ruth, Pablo Neruda spoke of home in Chile, anthropologist Jaime d’Angulo immortalized the Achumawi, Bob and Ray laughed at us and we laughed back.”

Featured in Stone’s documentary are broadcast recordings of Maya Angelou, Ann Sexton, Langston Hughes, Dylan Thomas, Claire Bloom, Pablo Neruda, Pauline Kael, Allen Ginsberg, Ernest Hemingway, Bette Davis, Yoko Ono, and Maragaret Mead among many others.

We will also talk about the life of radio arts with another former KPFA Drama & Literature Department Director, Eric Bauersfeld, whose legendary career has extended far beyond the scope of his thirty-one tenure as head of the department (Susan Stone’s predecessor). Among many notable accomplishments, Bauersfeld voiced the part of Admiral Ackbar in the third film of the ‘original’ Star Wars trilogy, Return of the Jedi. Learn more about Erik Bauersfeld at his website BardRadio.com.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.

PURCHASE a copy of this program or learn more about the historic archival recordings used within this episode. To purchase a CD copy of this program by phone, please call Pacifica Radio Archives at 800.735.0230 x 262.

FTV 515 Cuban Music – Songs of Change

Posted in Update on March 25th, 2016

This week on From the Vault we explore the rich musical traditions of Cuba, traditions largely unheard by the American population as a direct result of a decades-old trade embargo and diplomatic isolation. We begin with an fantastic 1972 program by Pacifica producer Margo Adler – who showcases songs from the compilation album Cuba Va!, released on Paredon Records. We’ll then hear recordings released by the Institute of Cuban Radio & Television, and conclude with a program featuring Cuban music by or about women, compiled by Angela Davis in 1978, based on recordings she collected while attending the 2nd Congress of the Federation of Cuban Women in 1974.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.

PURCHASE a copy of this program or learn more about the historic archival recordings used within this episode. To purchase a CD copy of this program by phone, please call Pacifica Radio Archives at 800.735.0230 x 262.

FTV 514 A Night in Chicago, 1968

Posted in Update on March 18th, 2016

This week on From the Vault we revisit an outstanding documentary titled A Night in Chicago, which was recorded in Chicago on August 27th, 1968, at the turbulent Democratic National Convention. Incorporating field recordings to capture the tension and brutality outside the convention hall, we’ll hear Black Panther co-founder Bobby Seale at a rally, Dick Gregory at President Lyndon Johnson’s ‘birthday’ party, and comments from Allen Ginsberg and Studs Terkel regarding police brutality at religious prayer vigil. This program was produced by Elsa Knight Thompson, and features news reports by Dale Minor, Phil Watson, and Bob Fass.

Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman introduces A Night in Chicago, and later shares her thoughts on Pacifica’s importance in the news business.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.

PURCHASE a copy of this program or learn more about the historic archival recordings used within this episode. To purchase a CD copy of this program by phone, please call Pacifica Radio Archives at 800.735.0230 x 262.

FTV 513 Ntozake Shange on KPFA, 1982

Posted in Update on March 12th, 2016

This week on From the Vault we present a 1982 recording of award-winning playwright, poet, and novelist Ntozake Shange. Produced and narrated by longtime KPFA producer Ginny Z. Berson, this outstanding program includes Shange reading selections from her first novel, Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo, at Cody’s Bookstore in Berkeley, California, and a conversation between Shange and Berson. Recorded by Pam Scola.

This recording was preserved through a grant funded by the National Historic Publication and Records Commission.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.

PURCHASE a copy of this program or learn more about the historic archival recordings used within this episode. To purchase a CD copy of this program by phone, please call Pacifica Radio Archives at 800.735.0230 x 262.

FTV 512 Memphis Slim Live at the Village Gate, 1977

Posted in Update on March 5th, 2016

This week on From the Vault we are happy to present a live performance by Blues piano legend Memphis Slim. Recorded at New York City’s Village Gate while broadcast live on Pacifica station WBAI the night of Wednesday, August 10th, 1977, Slim was accompanied by his longtime friend, French drummer Michel Denis.

Memphis Slim, born John Len Chapman in Memphis, Tennessee on September 3, 1915, was pounding the keys in honkytonks and gambling joints throughout the southeast by the 1930’s. He began recording in the early 1940’s, and by the early 1950’s Memphis Slim amassed a body of work that would be covered by the likes of BB King, Sarah Vaughn, T-Bone Walker, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Mahalia Jackson, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, John Mayer, and many others.

We’ll also hear Village Gate founder Art D’lugoff discussing WBAI’s partnership with the nightclub, from a 2009 interview.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.

PURCHASE a copy of this program or learn more about the historic archival recordings used within this episode. To purchase a CD copy of this program by phone, please call Pacifica Radio Archives at 800.735.0230 x 262.

FTV 511 Glenn Gould

Posted in Update on February 26th, 2016

This week on From the Vault we present a rare 1961 interview with Glenn Gould, one of the brilliant classical pianists of twentieth century.

Born in Toronto, Canada in 1932, Glenn Gould would live to just past his 50th birthday in 1982. From his first concert at age 17, his mastery of the piano entranced audiences; ultimately he would give just over 200 concerts in his lifetime, retiring from live performances in 1964. Gould would dedicate the remainder of his musical career in the recording studio, releasing over 50 records. Known for his vocalizations during performance, this genius quirk of Gould’s was the bane of both live concert audiences and studio engineers alike – yet readily ignored by all in the pure enjoyment of incredible piano interpretations of music’s greatest composers.

Gould’s conversation, featured in this episode, with a yet-to-be identified WBAI producer, showcases the pianist’s vast knowledge of the classical music masters, lesser-known masters, and contemporaries.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.

PURCHASE a copy of this program or learn more about the historic archival recordings used within this episode. To purchase a CD copy of this program by phone, please call Pacifica Radio Archives at 800.735.0230 x 262.