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FTV 536 Joan Baez

Posted in Update on August 18th, 2016

This week on From the Vault we pay tribute to singer, songwriter, and activist Joan Baez. In a career spanning more than five decades, Baez’s discography is well-known, lengthy and diverse; her activism is as well. The Civil Right Movement, the Free Speech Movement, Vietnam, the death penalty, LGBT rights, and various environmental causes have kept Baez busy over the years – and also close to Pacifica Radio. In this episode, we’ll reach back and revisit a 1964 recording of Baez performing at UC Berkeley during the free speech protests. We’ll also hear Baez deliver an address to the members of Pi Chi, a youth organization at Piedmont Community Church in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1969.

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 535 Highlander Folk School

Posted in Update on August 11th, 2016

In 1932, Myles Norton and friends formed the Highlander Folk School in rural Tennessee to help coal miners and other labor leaders understand what it takes to organize and demand livable wages and benefits for their families during the Great Depression. By the mid 1950’s, the focus changed to organizing participants in the Civil Rights Movement. Some of the notable names that passed through the School in the first 30 years include first Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Pete Seeger.

This week on From the Vault we feature a 1960 documentary on the Highlander Folk School, now known as the Highlander Research and Education Center. Produced and hosted by legendary KPFA Public Affairs Director Elsa Knight Thompson, this piece features interviews with school founder Myles Horton, director Septima Clark, and citizenship steward Esau Jenkins, among others, as well as actuality recorded in and around the school.

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 534 Hiroshima

Posted in Update on August 4th, 2016

“What has kept the world safe from the bomb since 1945 has not been deterrence, in the sense of fear of specific weapons, so much as it’s been memory. The memory of what happened at Hiroshima.”
~John Hersey, writing in “Hiroshima.”

August 6th is the anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan. Pacifica Radio Archives commemorates the anniversary every year with a live recording of the radio adaptation of John Hersey’s Hiroshima, arguably the most famous work of the Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and reporter. An account of the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945 as told from the perspective of six survivors, it is written in a stark, objective voice that manages to be precise and all the more vivid for its understatement of events. A profoundly influential work, Hiroshima has long since been established as one of the classic accounts of the Second World War. This week, on From the Vault, we’ll here excerpts of Pacifica Radio Archives radio adaptation of John Hersey’s masterpiece.

The original radio adaptation of John Hersey’s Hiroshima stars Tyne Daly, Ruby Dee and Roscoe Lee Brown, Daniel Benzali, Roscoe Lee Browne, Esther K. Chae, Michael Chinyamurindi, Tony Plana, Jeanne Sakata, Chris Toshima and John Valentine. Produced by Brian DeShazor and Mark Torres, in association with Artists United and The Feminist Majority. Adapted for radio by John Valentine. Directed by Michael Haney. Music by Mark Snow.

But first we begin with an excerpt of a Boston University speech by Howard Zinn from November 11th, 2009 on American “Holy Wars.” In this talk, Zinn scours the American war record in search of a “good war” or “justifiable war.”

*The Pacifica Radio Archives’ recording of John Hersey’s “Hiroshima” received a National Federation of Community Broadcasters Special Merit Award in the Radio Drama category.

Archival recordings used in this week’s episode, Hiroshima:

PZ0546a-b John Hersey’s “Hiroshima” MORE INFO

Related archival recordings in the collection:

BB3035 The Atomic Bombers MORE INFO

BB0597 On Nuclear Morality / Lord Bertrand Russell MORE INFO

KZ1272 Shigeko Sasamori addresses Physicians for Social Responsibility MORE INFO

AZ0660.02 Hiroshima Witness / Reverend Kiyoshi Tanimoto MORE INFO

AZ0545 A Walking tour of the Hiroshima Peace Museum MORE INFO

BB0136 Fallout and Disarmament / Linus Pauling and Edward Teller MORE INFO

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 533 Bernie Sanders

Posted in Update on August 1st, 2016

This week on From the Vault we present an insightful 1989 recording of Bernie Sanders, made just before his election to Congress as an Independent from Vermont. We then follow with two contemporary recordings of Sanders – first speaking on the need for Wall Street reform in January 2016, and then speaking in support of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Pennsylvania.

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 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.