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FTV 524 Coal Country Women, Part 1 of 3

Posted in Update on May 25th, 2016

This week on From the Vault we present the first part of a three part series called Coal Country Women, a documentary exploring the lives of Appalachian women in the 1970’s – as wives and mothers of miners, as miners themselves, and on life in mining country. In part one, An Ordinary Mornin,’ we hear stories from mothers and wives of personal impact in the aftermath of a March 1976 disaster at the Scotia Mine in Oven Fork, Kentucky.

The original program was produced in 1980 by Mary Kasamatsu, with funds provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, through National Public Radio’s Satellite Program Development Fund. Technical assistance was provided by Moira Rankin and Sharon Shapiro, with editorial assistance from Paul Datmond.

In 2016, 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 523 Chris Koch, Pacifica Legacy Journalist

Posted in Update on May 20th, 2016

This week on From the Vault we celebrate the work of legendary Pacifica journalist Chris Koch, whose recordings reflect some of the most historically significant audio footage held in the collections of Pacifica Radio Archives. Koch, who began his career at KPFA in 1960 under Arts and Literature Director John Leonard, was quick to make a name for himself on the airwaves, transitioning from the drama department to news and public affairs; his coverage, along with fellow Pacifica legend Dale Minor, of the Civil Rights and Voter Registration Movements in the South was spellbinding, as was his work as the first American journalist to report from inside North Vietnam in 1965. Koch’s storied career resulted in award-winning pieces like Freedom Now, This Little Light, and 60 Seconds to Midnight, and included interviews with some of the era’s greatest luminaries and revolutionaries, such as James Baldwin and Che Guevara. Chris Koch joins us in studio as we examine his amazing run with Pacifica Radio.

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 522 Daniel Berrigan

Posted in Update on May 13th, 2016

This week on From the Vault we pay tribute to one of the great icons of the peace movement, Father Daniel Berrigan, who died on April 30th, 2015 at the age of 94. Ordained as a Catholic priest in 1952, Berrigan leveraged his position in the Church to become a leading figure in the anti-war movement during the late 1960’s; as one of ‘Catonsville Nine,’ a group of Catholic activists who burned draft cards, Berrigan was found guilty of destruction of government property and ultimately sent to federal prison. In 1980, he founded the Plowshares Movement, an anti-nuclear protest group whose tactics included breaking into production facilities and physically damaging nuclear missile components. In his later years, Berrigan devoted himself to helping AIDS patients in New York City.

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 521 Public Affairs on Pacifica Radio 1949-1999

Posted in Update on May 6th, 2016

Pacifica Radio went on the air in 1949 to bring a new voice and a new style of radio to the airwaves. This week, on From the Vault, we pay homage to this spirit of freedom, through a 50th anniversary montage produced in 1999 by Andrea Kissack and former KPFA Drama & Literature Director Susan Stone. Quintessential Pacifica voices, drawn from the Archives, form a critical progressive landscape; included are recordings of Alan Watts, Allen Ginsberg, W.E.B. DuBois, Rosa Parks, Paul Robeson, Rachel Carson, Aldous Huxley, Harry Bridges, Dorothy Parker, Lenny Bruce, and others.

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 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.