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FTV 435 Fanny – the All-female Rock ‘n’ Roll Band

Posted in Update on September 12th, 2014

This week on From the Vault we feature a 1971 program that profiles the all-female rock group Fanny. Interviewed by Gina Blumenfeld, band members discuss the genesis and evolution of their music and the place of women in the music industry. Fanny consisted of June Millington on guitar and vocals, Jean Millington on bass and vocals, Alice de Buhr on drums, and Nickey Barclay on keyboards. Before we dive into this forty-year-old recording, we’ll first listen to June recount her experience growing up in the Philippines and the importance of a maternal family in a September 2014 interview with From the Vault producer Mark Torres.

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.

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FTV434 The Great Wall of Los Angeles

Posted in Update on September 9th, 2014

On this edition of From the Vault we present a 1984 documentary titled The Writing on the Wall: The Great Wall of Los Angeles, about an ambitious beautification project conceived in 1974 that resulted in one of the world’s longest murals (2700 feet and growing). Under the direction of artist and educator Judy Baca, The Great Wall of Los Angeles began as a beautification project and evolved into a visual journey representing minorities often written out of history: women, Jews, Blacks, Asians, Hispanics, Native American, and gays. This recording, produced and narrated by Helene Rosenbluth and Carol Dix, features interviews with educators and participants who explain the historical significance of different sections of the mural.

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.

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FTV 433 Steve Post Tribute

Posted in Update on August 29th, 2014

This week on From the Vault we pay tribute to a New York radio icon, Steve Post, who was one of a small cadre of radio broadcasters who helped in the creation of Free Form radio at Pacifica Station WBAI in the 1960’s. Many New Yorkers today are familiar with Post from his long stint hosting Morning Music with Steve Post and The NO Show on WNYC beginning in 1982, but few people knew that he began his radio career in 1965 at WBAI. Post, along with his WBAI colleagues Bob Fass, Dale Minor, Julius Lester, Larry Josephson, Neil Conan, Baird Searles among others, helped transform the way we listen to radio.

In this episode, we present two very different programs produced by Post during his time at WBAI. First, we feature a 1969 documentary on the life and work of political activist Abraham Johannes Muste. Then we’ll catch a ride with Steve Post and his colleagues as they venture onto the New York streets in the darkest hours to explore the raw underbelly of the city and document the happenings of the people that are awake while the rest of the city sleeps, in a program from 1970 called In the Shank of the Night.

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.

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FTV 432 Back-to-School National Broadcast

Posted in Update on August 23rd, 2014

This week on From the Vault we present highlights from our Back-to-School twelve-hour national broadcast that supported the Pacifica Radio Archives mission to discover, restore and make accessible the audio treasures in our collection.

- Host Margaret Prescod features Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking on non-violence.

- KPFK host Sonali Kolhatkar and KPFA host Brian Edwards Tiekert play selections for a recording of the 1964 funeral of James Chaney.

- KPFK host Eric Mann plays Malcolm X’s famous speech “The Ballot or The Bullet,” delivered right before the 1964 Presidential election.

- Pacifica Radio Archive Director Brian DeShazor, PRA Grant Advisor Adi Gevins, PRA Archivist Jolene Beiser and KPFK Senior Producer Christine Blosdale discuss the project American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982, and play selections from a recording made by Marcia Tomkins during her infiltration of the Ku Klux Klan in 1964.

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.

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FTV 431 Edward Said

Posted in Update on August 15th, 2014

This Week on From the Vault we honor one of the great visionary thinkers of our time, Edward Said.

Edward Said was born in Jerusalem in 1935, the son of an American citizen of Christian Protestant Palestinian origins. After earning a bachelor’s degree at Princeton University and a masters and Ph.D. in English Literature at Harvard University, Said became Professor of Comparative Literature at Columbia University in 1963, a teaching post he would hold up until his death on September 25th, 2003.

Edward Said would use his duel heritage to help bridge the gap between the West and the Middle East and to improve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with his acute and sober analysis. Today we will present selections from Pacifica Radio Archive’s thirty-year history with Dr. Said.

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.

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FTV 430 Twenty Days in Santa Rita

Posted in Update on August 8th, 2014

This week on From the Vault we journey back to 1968 in celebration of Pacifica Radio’s strong and enduring tradition covering the anti-war protests and interviewing anti-war protesters. In the recording Twenty Days in Santa Rita, legendary Pacifica Radio-KPFA Public Affairs Director Elsa Knight Thompson interviews two women who were detained for twenty days in the Santa Rita Jail in Alameda County, California for protesting the Vietnam War. Just released from the Santa Rita Rehabilitation Center, Emily Lewis, public health nurse and wife of a Berkeley doctor, and Lillian Rubin, research assistant in sociology at the University of California, spoke at length with Elsa Knight Thompson about their experiences in jail, which was the result of their war-protest activities at the Oakland Induction Center in December 1967. The Santa Rita Jail became widely-known for holding the likes of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Joan Baez, and others who participated in the anti-war movement and draft resistance movement during the 1960’s.

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.

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FTV 429 Sojourner Truth: Being a Sign Unto the People

Posted in Update on July 31st, 2014

This week on From the Vault we present a program on the life of Sojourner Truth. Produced in 1979 by Darcell King, Sojourner Truth: Being a Sign Unto the People takes you with Truth as she travels around the country on foot telling others how she was abused as a slave, how she was sold and exploited, and how she gained her liberty. On her travels, Truth gained massive support for the anti-slavery movement and she was an inspiration to all who saw her. She left her mark in many places, and many artifacts which producer King dutifully researched and culled from libraries, court records, personal writings, and accounts from family, friends, colleagues, and detractors to craft a completely unique and thorough story of Sojourner Truth.

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.

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FTV 428 The Ku Klux Klan, Race, and Prejudice in America

Posted in Update on July 25th, 2014

This week on From the Vault we tackle the topic of Race and Prejudice through a few recording that will hopefully shed a little light on how generalizations on this very sensitive subject cannot possibly account for the subtleties involved.

At the center of this discussion will be three people from the South who each play an important role in this discussion. Like many of the recordings in our collection you probably haven t heard their names before, but their actions are significant and deserve a place in history and in our current National Discussion on Race, Racism and Prejudice today.

We have Marcia Elizabeth Tomkins, a Pacifica Radio WBAI staffer and native of Tuscaloosa Alabama, who secretly recorded a Ku Klux Klan meeting for a landmark Pacifica Documentary in 1964.

We also have C. P. Ellis, a former Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan in Durham North Carolina, who described in 1996 the circumstances of his background growing up hopeful and optimistic in a poor working class family and how circumstances lead him to the Klan. He also reveals how he actually has more in common with his Black neighbors, when he is ironically teamed up with Ann Atwater who is Black, to deal with the town s desegregation process.

Then we present Radio Legend Studs Terkel. In 1999 Terkel spoke with actor Tim Robbins about his favorite interview, and tells a tale of an improbable friendship between former Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan C. P. Ellis and Ann Atwater, a Black woman he was paired with to help integrate their local public schools.

And finally a section from the 1996 Democracy Now program. C.P. Ellis himself together with Ann Atwater spoke with Democracy Now s Amy Goodman and author Osha Gray Davidson in 1996 about their experiences captured in the book Best of Enemies.

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.

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FTV 427 Science Fiction Legend Philip K. Dick

Posted in Update on July 18th, 2014

On this edition of From the Vault we hear renowned science fiction author Philip K. Dick in conversation with Pacifica Radio’s Mike Hodel, who championed the science fiction genre on his legendary KPFK show Hour 25. Conducted in 1976 at Dick’s home in southern California, at a time when science fiction was considered by publishers to be among the lowest forms of literature, this interview opens up a fascinating journey into the mind of a great visionary who worked tirelessly to promote his science fiction work to an unsympathetic and largely uninterested reading public. Since Dick’s death in 1982, fourteen of his novels and short stories have been made into films, under titles such as Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, and The Adjustment Bureau; not surprisingly, the interview we’re listening to today from Pacifica Radio Archives is included in the special features section on the DVD of Dicks’s A Scanner Darkly.

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.

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FTV 426 The Changing United Nations

Posted in Update on July 11th, 2014

This week on From the Vault we journey back with Pacifica flagship station KPFA in Berkeley to October 27th, 1961 and listen to the brilliant public affairs director Elsa Knight Thompson introduce an extraordinary group of speakers gathered to evaluate the importance of the United Nations in international politics, as part of United Nations Week. The interviews were recorded by Urban Whitaker, then-President of the San Francisco chapter of the American Association of the United Nations. Speakers include former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt; Clarke Eichelberger, executive secretary of the American Association for the United Nations; attorney Benjamin B. Cohen; Adlai Stevenson, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; and Dr. Urban Whitaker, San Francisco State College.

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.

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