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FTV 559 Al Jarreau and Julio Martinez 1968-2017

Posted in Update on March 21st, 2017

This week on From the Vault, we celebrate we celebrate the life of Al Jarreau, who had a connection with Pacifica beginning in 1968 that held strong until his death on February 12, 2017. There is no one better to help weave Jarreau’s early beginnings than Pacifica host Julio Martinez – musician, writer and host of KPFK’s Arts in Review, a program centered around theater, music, cabaret and dance. Martinez was Jarreau’s musical partner in the early years, from 1967 to 1975.

Woven into the rich narrative by Martinez, we’ll hear rare live performances of Love Not Now, A Day in the Life, Better than Anything, Lovely Lady Light Up, Something to Lose, and Wonder Well.

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 558 Judy Mowatt

Posted in Update on February 10th, 2017

This week on From the Vault, we continue our celebration of Black History Month with a unique Pacifica concert recording featuring reggae singer Judy Mowatt (one-time member of the I-Three’s and backup singer for Bob Marley and the Wailers). In November 1983, Mowatt appeared live with the One Vibe Band at SOB’s in New York City (co-presented by WBAI-FM), performing “Only a Woman”, “Down in the Valley”, “Slave Queen”, “Concrete Jungle”, “Big Woman”, “Many Are Called”, “Sister’s Chant”, “One Love” (featuring Peter Tosh), “Only a Woman”, “Hush Baby Mother”, “You Don’t Care”, “The First Cut”, and “You’re my People.”

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 557 Noam Chomsky – Creeping Fascism (1992)

Posted in Update on February 1st, 2017

This week on From the Vault we spend some time with leading intellectual Noam Chomsky, who delivered a speech in 1992 at an event organized by WBAI in New York called Creeping Fascism. Here, Chomsky presents the notion that there is a misperception of American government as a service for society – by exploring ideas such as the facade of Democracy, the failure of international law, and how high-technology industries subsidize global militarism. Further, Chomsky argues that because global capitalism has been the major drive in U.S. politics since World War II, there is left little or no room to realize any potential benefits of socialism.

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 556 Zappa for President

Posted in Update on January 20th, 2017

This week on From the Vault, we spend some time with experimental composer and musician Frank Zappa. Interviewed by Charles Amerkhanian on April 15th, 1991, Zappa speaks about his political philosophy and ambitions – and considers a serious bid for the US Presidency of the United States; he also examines the country’s involvement in the Gulf War, the problems with the Federal government, and the promise of Libertarianism.

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 555 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute – 2017

Posted in Update on January 14th, 2017

This week on From the Vault, we celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with two speeches he gave near the end of his life – two speeches that rarely get much attention.

By 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King’s strategy for organizing had evolved beyond just the Civil Rights Movement; he clearly saw how resources that could be helping the poor communities were being absorbed by the country’s military budget. King began strategizing for a broader-based Poor People’s Campaign that transcended Black communities, and instead focused outreach on any American who poor, regardless of race.

You will this topic discussed our first selection, a February 25th, 1967 address titled The Casualties of the War in Vietnam, which was sponsored by the Nation Magazine at a Nation Institute Conference in Los Angeles. Our second selection, titled Luncheon Address at California Democratic Council, shares a similar thread and was given in Anaheim, California on March 16, 1968, just weeks before his assassination.

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 554 We the People – Jerry Brown and Gore Vidal

Posted in Update on December 30th, 2016

This week on From the Vault we reach back to July 8th, 1996 and listen to a radio show called We the People, hosted by former and future California Governor Jerry Brown. We The People debuted on Pacifica Radio in early 1994 and ran until 1997, when Brown retired the series to begin what was to be a successful run for Mayor of Oakland, California in 1998.

In this episode, Brown interviews playwright and political historian Gore Vidal, who is at the top of his game in 1996. Vidal comments on the current state of media consolidation and the erosion of civil liberties as guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, with plenty of colorful historical anecdotes.

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 553 Julio’s Holiday Special

Posted in Update on December 23rd, 2016

This week on From the Vault we present three original holiday radio dramas written by Julio Martinez, host of Arts in Review on KPFK in Los Angeles. First, we hear O. Henry’s classic 1905 tale The Gift of the Magi, then the story of the 1914 Christmas Truce during World War One, and finally Christmas in Tinseltown: the story of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.

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 552 Fidel Castro in Harlem, 1995

Posted in Update on December 9th, 2016

This week on From the Vault we present two recordings from Pacifica Radio Archives featuring Fidel Castro. First, we share a short excerpt of Castro addressing the United Nations General Assembly in 1960, where he focuses on Cuba’s relations with the United States and Cuban support for Third World independence movements. Then we jump to 1995, where Castro spoke (via translator) to a capacity crowd of 1300 at the Abyssinian Church in Harlem, New York about the birth of the United Nations, the inequality gap that is growing between developed and underdeveloped nations, and the United States’ embargo against Cuba.

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.

FTV551 George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, Part 13

Posted in Update on December 2nd, 2016

We continue this week on From the Vault with our presentation of one of the most important dystopian novels written in modern history, George Orwell’s classic Nineteen Eighty-Four.

The entire book was read on-air by longtime Pacifica morning show host Charles Morgan in 1975. Morgan was joined by legendary voice over artist June Foray, widely known for her work in Disney and Warner Brothers animated productions – in particular as the voice of Rocky in the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon.

Please enjoy part thirteen of this quintessential Pacifica recording.

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 550 George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, Part 12

Posted in Update on November 25th, 2016

We continue this week on From the Vault with our presentation of one of the most important dystopian novels written in modern history, George Orwell’s classic Nineteen Eighty-Four.

The entire book was read on-air by longtime Pacifica morning show host Charles Morgan in 1975. Morgan was joined by legendary voice over artist June Foray, widely known for her work in Disney and Warner Brothers animated productions – in particular as the voice of Rocky in the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon.

Please enjoy part twelve of this quintessential Pacifica recording.

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.