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FTV 532 Carlos Castaneda and Lila Downs

Posted in Update on July 21st, 2016

This week on From The Vault, we feature a rare 1968 recording of the Peruvian-born American author Carlos Castaneda speaking about his first book The Teaching of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge, which was originally published by the University of California Press as a work of anthropology and became an acclaimed best-seller. Then, exploring the work of another anthropologist of sorts, we spend some time with Mexican singer Lila Downs. Raised in California and educated in Minnesota, Downs returned to her Mixtec mother’s home state of Oaxaca, Mexico to rediscover and connect with her indigenous roots, experiences that have become a central theme in her music. Lila Downs first performed on Pacifica Radio in 1998, but the recording we present today is from her performance at a KPFK – Los Angeles benefit concert in 2001, the year before her song Burn It Blue from the film Frida was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song.

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 531 Music: Black and White, 1973

Posted in Update on July 13th, 2016

This week on From the Vault we present an early episode of a unique music program called Music: Black and White. Produced and hosted by Nawana Davis on KPFK in Los Angeles from 1973 to 1976, this program featured bluegrass, blues, and commentary; in a 2016 interview, Davis explains how the show came to be, and what it was intended to accomplish.

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 530 Dolores Huerta’s 80th Birthday Celebration

Posted in Update on July 7th, 2016

On Friday evening, August 13, 2010 celebrities, musicians, and activists gathered under the stars at the open air Greek Theatre in Los Angeles California to wish United Farmworker co-founder Dolores Huerta a happy 80th Birthday.

In an event called Weaving Movements Together… Carlos Santana, Rage Against the Machine frontman Zach de la Rocha, Lila Downs and longtime Santana percussionist Pete Escobedo all perform at this event, held to pay tribute to Dolores’s tireless commitment to organizing.

Also wishing Dolores Huerta a happy birthday are:

– Actor and Activist Danny Glover
– Actor and Activist Martin Sheen
– Code Pink Co-founder Jodie Evans
– President Barrack Obama
– Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva

…and of course we’ll hear from Dolores Huerta herself!

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 529 Pacifica’s Convention Coverage, Part 2 of 2

Posted in Update on July 6th, 2016

This week on From the Vault, we continue with part two of the award-winning 2004 documentary A Passel of Pomp and a Circus of Circumstance, produced by the Pacifica Radio Archives, that explores the history of the national political party conventions, and the mission dynamics that set Pacifica Radio’s coverage apart from mainstream media — coverage that remains today an inspiration for independent, progressive journalists everywhere.

Listening to A Passel of Pomp and a Circus of Circumstance, you will travel from the formal speeches of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936, to the battles inside and outside the Chicago 1968 convention and the radical sounds of Rage Against the Machine in the streets of Los Angeles in 2000. Every historic recording is quintessential Pacifica; highlights are drawn from Republican and Democratic conventions from the past decades, as well as the Mississippi Freedom Party convention in the 60’s, and the Shadow Convention of 2000. Part two, which takes us from 1972 to 2000, is hosted by Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman.

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 528 Pacifica’s Convention Coverage, Part 1 of 2

Posted in Update on June 23rd, 2016

This week on From the Vault, we present part one of the award-winning 2004 documentary A Passel of Pomp and a Circus of Circumstance, produced by the Pacifica Radio Archives, that explores the history of the national political party conventions, and the mission dynamics that set Pacifica Radio’s coverage apart from mainstream media — coverage that remains today an inspiration for independent, progressive journalists everywhere.

Listening to A Passel of Pomp and a Circus of Circumstance, you will travel from the formal speeches of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936, to the battles inside and outside the Chicago 1968 convention and the radical sounds of Rage Against the Machine in the streets of Los Angeles in 2000. Every historic recording is quintessential Pacifica; highlights are drawn from Republican and Democratic conventions from the past decades, as well as the Mississippi Freedom Party convention in the 60’s, and the Shadow Convention of 2000. Part one, spanning from 1936 to 1968, is hosted by Pacifica producer Mike Hodel and Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman.

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 527 1979 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights

Posted in Update on June 16th, 2016

This week, From the Vault celebrates national Gay Pride Month with recordings from Pacifica Radio Archives that capture key moments in the LGBTQ struggle for Equal Rights. We revisit Pacifica’s coverage of the first national March on Washington for Gay and Lesbian Rights on October 14, 1979, ten years after the Stonewall riots. On this day, more than 100,000 people from the United States and ten other countries marched on the nation’s capitol demanding equality for lesbians and gays; this action would be an important step in the Equal Rights Movement, and an early influence in eventual 2015 Supreme Court Ruling that mandated all fifty states recognize same-sex marriage. Pacifica producers Ray Hill, Lucia Chapelle, and Greg Gordon, among others, all played a role in this historic march and broadcast back in 1979, and they continue their work to this day – Ray producing The Prison Show on KPFT, and Lucia and Greg producing This Way Out, an international LGBT radio magazine heard on over 100 public radio stations across America every week.

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 526 Muhammad Ali

Posted in Update on June 9th, 2016

This week on From the Vault we celebrate the legacy of humanitarian and boxing great Muhammad Ali by highlighting selections from a new collection from Pacifica Radio Archives featuring Ali in conversation with Julius Lester (1968), Ali and Joe Frazier talking shop the night before the “Fight of the Century” at Madison Square Garden (1971), original music, and a speech Ali gave to UCLA students in 1968 amidst campus-wide protests.

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 525 Coal Country Women, Part 2 of 3

Posted in Update on June 2nd, 2016

This week on From the Vault we present the second 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. Part Two, Occupation Coal Miner, surveys female miners on experiences ranging from job discrimination, sexual harassment, and workplace hazards, to the ongoing struggle to balance family time against demands of rotating shift work in the mines.

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 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.