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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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FTV 425 Honor America Day

Posted in Update on July 2nd, 2014

This week on From the Vault we present a Fourth of July-inspired episode centering on a 1970 Pacifica Radio Archives recording titled Honor America Day. Organized by President Nixon, hosted by Bob Hope, Honor America Day was a showcase of patriotic observances and entertainment in Washington D.C. In true Pacifica vision, we’ve taken the liberty to remix this original recording with a few voices extra voices from the past – voices of the people in the arts, music, literature, poetry, activism, politics, education, theater, and film. Selections include the insights and musings of Alfre Woodard, Alice Walker , Howard Zinn, Mario Savio, Lena Horne, Norman Mailer, Stokely Charmichael, Rosa Parks, Bob Dylan, Jesse Jackson, Cesar Chavez, and many, many more.

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 424 Mississippi Freedom Summer 1964 – 50th Anniversary

Posted in Update on June 27th, 2014

This week on From the Vault, the Pacifica Radio Archives celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Mississippi Freedom Summer 1964 with newly discovered and restored broadcasts. We will present the best of these recordings – primarily the voices from those involved in the voter registration movement in the Mississippi Delta Region in the early 1960’s. In a program called The Mississippi Delta, from January of 1964, we’ll hear about the incredible effort and sacrifices made to register African Americans to vote in a region where they had been historically disenfranchised, and also hear from people that tried their best to prevent this from happening.

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 423 The Coup d’État in Chile

Posted in Update on June 20th, 2014

In this episode of From the Vault, we explore the historic election of Salvador Allende in Chile in 1970 and the forces that conspired to overthrow his socialist government in 1973, through the study of three historical components of this period in Chile’s history using recordings preserved by Pacifica Radio Archives.

First, we examine the years leading up to the election of Salvador Allende as president, framed by the social movement of workers, students, activists, artist, professionals, politicians, and intellectuals that resulted in Allende’s rise to national leadership. We hear from anonymous Chilean workers as they describe conditions in the factories before the Allende presidency; author Antonio Skarmeta, whose novel Ardiente Paciencia inspired the 1994 Academy Award-winning movie Il Postino speak on the political climate of Chile in the 1960?s; and Joan Jara, widow of legendary folk singer Victor Jara, Chile’s version of Bob Dylan, speak about her husband’s leftist music and how it helped keep the Allende election movement inspired.

The second historical component we study is the Allende presidency itself, from 1970 to 1973. Starting with the changes in working conditions resulting from Allende’s ambitious agenda to reduce unemployment and increase workers wages, we listen to a worker describe the how conditions had changed under the new socialist leader. At the close of Cuban leader Fidel Castro’s visit to Chile just a year into Allende’s rule, the president’s farewell speech to Castro reminded his supporters that he was willing to die to complete what he called the people’s mandate. Fidel Castro’s visit had a galvanizing effect on the anti-Allende opposition, and a year later we hear Allende voice his concerns of a coup d’etat to the United Nations Assembly. Finally, the first lady of Chile, Hortensia Bussi de Allende recalls the terrifying events surrounding the coup of September 11, 1973, in an interview recorded on December 1st, 1973 by KPFK’s Victor Vasquez.

Finally, we hear how the September 11th, 1973 coup affected people in Chile and around the world. As international condemnation grew surrounding the coup, certain Chilean exiles were speaking to the possibility of U.S. complicity in the overthrow, and those sympathetic to the Allende government remaining within Chile were branded as terrorists by the ruling junta: union leader, artists, professors, and shantytown dwellers alike were subject to human rights abuses, torture, and disappearances. For perspective, Salvador Allende’s personal physician Dr. Jose Quiroga, a witness to Allende’s death during the coup, speaks on those circumstances with journalist and author Gabriel San Roman in a 2008 interview.

Gabriel San Roman is a contributing writer for the Orange County Weekly in southern California, and the author of the book “Venceremos”: Víctor Jara and the New Chilean Song Movement, now out on PM Press.

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 422 Lady Day: Billie Holiday

Posted in Update on June 13th, 2014

This week on From the Vault we feature Lady Day: Billie Holiday, a dramatic reading of Billie Holiday’s 1956 autobiography by Pauline Jones, with music by Holiday interspersed throughout the recording. This program was produced in 1963 as a memorial for the fourth anniversary of Billie Holiday’s death, and was broadcast on KPFA in Berkeley, California. Today, preserved as part of the preservation project collection “American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982″ funded in part by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives, Lady Day: Billie Holiday speaks to a new generation through the story and music of an American jazz legend. Songs include “Lady Sings the Blues,” “Trav’lin’ All Alone,” “Riffin’ the Scotch,” “Swing, Brother, Swing,” “I’ll Never Be the Same,” “Don’t Explain,” “Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do,” “Our Love is Here to Stay,” “Lover Come Back to Me,” and “My Man.”

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 421 Survival Sunday II – 35th Anniversary

Posted in Update on June 6th, 2014

This week on From the Vault we celebrate the 35th anniversary of the June 10th, 1979 Survival Sunday “no nukes” rally at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, an event that was broadcast live on KPFK. In 1978, groups such as The Alliance for Survival, and concerned professionals, artists and musicians came together to organize the largest anti-nuclear event to date. Called Survival Sunday, the day was hugely successful at raising public awareness about the hazards of nuclear energy and weaponry. A year later in 1979, less than three months after the Three Mile Island meltdown, Survival Sunday was brought back for a repeat performance, this time boasting a full lineup of A-list talent and a new location at the Hollywood Bowl. On the 35th Anniversary of Survival Sunday II (as the second Hollywood Bowl rally became known), we feature highlights of speeches and performances that day from the likes of Jackson Browne, Joan Baez, Robin Williams, Lily Tomlin, John Sebastian, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Peter Yarrow, Peter Paul & Mary, Ralph Nader, and Dr. Helen Caldicott.

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 420 Maya Angelou

Posted in Update on May 30th, 2014

On this edition of From the Vault, we celebrate the life and work of Maya Angelou, who died on May 28, 2014 at her home in North Carolina. We pay tribute to this great poet and author with two audio recordings produced by Pacifica Radio, starting with a 1975 program titled An Evening with Maya Angelou, in which the author sings, reads from her first autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), and recalls landmark moments in her life that helped her discover her destiny. We will also feature Angelou’s performance of Phenomenal Women from a 1982 recording titled Our Sheroes and Heroes, a collection of Angelou’s material from 1976-1982.

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.

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FTV 419 Bobbee Zeno Tribute

Posted in Update on May 22nd, 2014

On this edition of From the Vault we pay tribute to Bobbee Zeno (1953-2014), a longtime Pacifica Radio programmer and vital contributor to the many communities in his life up until just hours before his untimely passing in May 2014. Starting in 1999 on KPFK as the host of Preaching the Blues (which later became Blues Power), then as host of the show Good for Life (which later became Experience Talks), Bobbee Zeno was a humanitarian, a lover of the arts, “brother” and friend to many, and loved by all. Today, we’ll visit with memories of Bobbee’s passions: radio, arts, family, and friends with an original tribute produced by S. Pearl Sharpe and Mark Maxwell titled That’s Cold Blooded – named after a phrase Bobbee would say often, especially when he enjoyed the music he was hearing. This tribute was originally broadcast on Saturday May 3, 2014.

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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