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FTV 413 William Saroyan, 1965

Posted in Update on April 11th, 2014

This week on From the Vault we feature American novelist and playwright William Saroyan. Winner of the New York Critics’ Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for his 1940 play The Time of Your Life, and winner of a 1943 Academy Award for the adaptation of his short story The Human Comedy, Saroyan often focused his pen on stories involving Armenian immigrant life in California. In 1965, Saroyan addressed an auditorium of English teachers at San Francisco State University, resisting the urge to dispense advice. Instead, he reflected on his own troubles in school learning to read and write, and argued that learning is a subtle process that “happens by presence, glance… and that unidentifiable condition which says to the other person ‘O.K.’ instead of ‘not a chance’.”

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 412 Mind’s Eye Theatre: Federico

Posted in Update on April 4th, 2014

On this episode of From the Vault we present an August 7, 1968 radio drama from WBAI-FM in New York City made possible thanks to a preservation and access project funded in part by a grant from the Grammy Foundation. Produced by Mind’s Eye Theatre as a radio drama, Federico is a radio performance based on the life of the Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca, one of the great poets and dramatists of the 20th century, a collaborator with contemporaries Salvador Dali and Luis Bunuel early in his career. Many of Lorca’s poems, while undoubtedly beautiful, were also very biting in their criticism of the emerging fascists who would eventually capture and execute Lorca during the Spanish Civil War in 1936. Mind’s Eye Theatre used their vision, talent and resources to introduce Lorca’s work to a late-Sixties American radio audience not yet familiar with his poetry – and so it is fitting that their production of Federico be featured this week on From the Vault to inaugurate National Poetry Month.

Mind’s Eye Theatre, which ran from 1966 to 1969, was the brainchild of Pacifica producer Baird Searle, and showcased a collective of talented writers, directors, and actors who would participate in the weekly dramatizations on WBAI radio. The Theatre would alternate between classic tales and original plays that would come to life for listeners on Pacifica Radio 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.

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FTV 411 Germaine Greer at the National Press Club, 1971

Posted in Update on March 31st, 2014

As the efforts by women during Second Wave of Feminism began paying dividends, one of the long standing barriers came crumbling down: on May 18, 1971, the National Press Club, which was founded in 1908, would finally open its doors to women. Fitting, then, that Germain Greer, the firebrand writer of the bestselling book Female Eunuch (1970), was the first woman to address this distinguished press corps. This week, on From the Vault, we listen to a recording of that historic address, in which Greer took the opportunity to implore the Press Club audience to respect their power to report and make news, and was quick to point out the inequality of news coverage of Women’s issues.

This program is part of our current preservation and access project, American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982 funded in part by a matching grant from the NHPRC at the NARA called Documenting Democracy access to historical records. For more information on this project visit us at pacificaradioarchives.org

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 410 Woman to Woman: Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Posted in Update on March 21st, 2014

This week on From the Vault we continue our celebration of Women’s History Month with a radio docudrama from Pacifica’s flagship station KPFA in Berkeley. Taken from a seven-part 1980 series called Great Women, this episode, titled Susan B. Antony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, was broadcast on Saturday, July 19th 1980 at 1:00pm following a tribute to Sojourner Truth. Together, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton founded equal rights and suffrage associations across America. This program, produced by Joanna Brouk and Dorothy Gilbert, traces the lives, friendship, and work of Anthony and Stanton, and includes readings of some of their remarkable letters and lectures.

We’ll also feature an excerpt from the 1959 KPFA documentary series, The American Woman, that focuses on a reading of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s new declaration of independence for women delivered on July 18th, 1848 at the first convention for women’s rights in Seneca Falls New York. The American Woman series is part of our current preservation and access project called American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982, which is funded in part by a matching grant from the NHPRC at the NARA called Documenting Democracy. For more information on this project visit us at PacificaRadioArchives.org.

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 409 A Restrospective on Radical Feminism

Posted in Update on March 14th, 2014

This week on From the Vault, guest host Lynn Ballen, producer of Feminist Magazine heard on KPFK in Los Angeles, introduces A Retrospective on Radical Feminism, produced in 1980 by Moira Rankin and co-produced by Deborah George for Sophie’s Parlor Collective, the oldest women’s radio collective on the air at Pacifica’s youngest station, WPFW in Washington D.C. A Retrospective on Radical Feminism is composed of interviews, actuality, and music, and includes:

- Alix Kates Shulman, activist and author of “Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen” is interviewed and reads from her book, “Burning Questions.”

- A woman from the Emergency Brigade recounts the 1937great general motor sit down strike in Flint, Michigan.

- Fannie Lou Hamer, founder of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic party recalls the physical abuse she suffered in prison in a 1966 KPFA interview.

- Leslie Cagan, then-Chair of the New York University Committee to End the War of Vietnam describes the beginning of an autonomous women’s movement that grew out of the anti-Vietnam war movement.

- Joan Byron, a member of the Furies, one the first radical lesbian separatist groups describes, their reasons for organizing.

- Betty Friedan renounces her position on the lesbian issue and supports the sexual preference resolution at the 1977 United States International Women’s Year conference in Houston, Texas.

- Carol Downer, one of the founders of the Los Angeles Feminist Health Clinic speaks about the need for women to control their own bodies and have access to abortions.

- Edith Barksdale Sloane, Executive Director of the National Committee on Household Employment, is interviewed about the need for basic services for women.

- Donna Keck, a founder of Women: A Journal of Liberation, speaks about race within the women’s movement.

- Activist Cynthia Washington speaks about all the aspects of oppression including racism, classism, elitism, sexism, and ageism.

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 408 Anais Nin Interviewed by Judy Chicago

Posted in Update on March 7th, 2014

This week on From the Vault we highlight a historic conversation between two radical and influential women from the Feminist Era of the 1970’s, artist Judy Chicago and writer Anais Nin.

Early in 1972, Pacifica station KPFK dedicated airtime to a number of special programs by for and about women. This from the February 1972 folio program guide:

“The women’s liberation movement is an emerging force in working a change in human consciousness, in challenging institutional structures, and questioning society’s concepts of traditional archetypes. As more women became directly involved in programming at KPFK, the idea of a month-long focus on the theme of women naturally emerged. The resulting collection of programs reflects the diverse interests and tastes of women who, either through their work with the station or in the community, became involved in this project.”

Included were readings of the works of Virginia Woolf, George Sand, and Joan Didion, documentaries on Sylvia Plath, Rachel Carson, Marilyn Monroe, and Angela Davis, gay liberation and women’s liberation, and discussions with University school student feminists. Also heard were Judy Chicago and Anais Nin, friends who reveal the complexities of Feminist theory throughout the course of their discussion – and the challenge to include all visions of women’s liberation within the conversation.

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 407 The Dispute over the Ownership of Anthony Burns

Posted in Update on February 28th, 2014

This week on From the Vault we conclude our celebration of Black History Month with a 1967 recording titled The Dispute over the Ownership of Anthony Burns. Conceived by Baird Searles and the 99.5 Radio Theater at WBAI studios in New York, this play was performed in response to the events of the 1960’s, at the height of the Civil Rights movement. Adapted from original court documents and letters by playwright and historian Jonathan Ned Katz and directed by Lois Adler, this radio performance tells the story of Anthony Burns, a slave born in Stafford County, Virginia in 1834. After escaping the slave masters on a ship bound for Boston, Massachusetts in 1853, Burns was captured a year later and became the center of the 1854 court case using the newly enacted 1850 Fugitive Slave Act.

Voice talent includes Niger Akoni, Susan Batson, Alan Becker, Gerald Fritz, Robert Lander, Margot Lewitin, Frank MacFee, David Margulies, Eric Nord, Douglass Ross, and Baird Searles.

This program was recently restored thanks to a grant funded in part by the GRAMMY foundation. This is the first rebroadcast of The Dispute over the Ownership of Anthony Burns since its original airing in 1967.

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 406 Ishmael Reed

Posted in Update on February 25th, 2014

This week on From the Vault in celebration of Black History Month, we present an early interview with Mr. Ishmael Reed, the prolific novelist, poet, librettist, songwriter, essayist and publisher, nominated for the distinguished Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award honors and also a 1998 recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Genius Award.

Early in Mr. Reed’s career as a young writer and publisher of the now classic literary magazine Yardbird Reader, he co-hosted a program on Pacifica’s flagship station KPFA called The Yard Bird Hour with Toby Lawson and Al Young. On June 6, 1970 Reed sat down with a KPFA producer to speak about the arts and literature and their relevance to the social movements of the day, referencing the first two novels he had written at that time, The Freelance Pallbearers (1967) and Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down (1969), as well as his latest collection of poetry, 19 Necromancers From Now (1970). But first we’ll listen to Mr. Reed in an interview recorded February 12, 2014, in which he reflects on the value of 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.

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FTV 405 Igor Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale

Posted in Update on February 14th, 2014

This week on From the Vault we travel back to December of 1971, when Pacifica radio station WBAI paid tribute to one of the great composers of our time, Igor Stravinsky, who had died earlier that year in April. With a great body of work to choose from, including Firebird, Patrushka, and Rite of Spring, the WBAI Music Department chose Stravinsky’s theatrical work L’Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) from 1918 – a classic tale of the Devil tempting people at a crossroads in their lives.

The Soldier’s Tale was performed live in front of the typical in studio audience on WBAI’s Free Music Store on December 18, 1971. The cast includes Tim Jerome, narrator; Arthur Miller, a soldier; and Pat Shea as the Devil. Musicians include Jeanne Benjamin, violin; Richard Fredrickson, bass; Paul Gallo, clarinet; Charles Nussbaum, bassoon; James Stubbs, trumpet; Lawrence Benz, trombone; and Howard van Hyning, percussion. The orchestra is conducted by Henry Schuman.

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 404 The Ballad of Pete Seeger, Part 2 of 2

Posted in Update on February 7th, 2014

Pacifica Radio Archives is proud to present The Ballad of Pete Seeger, an original radio documentary celebrating Pete’s life and times, featuring a candid conversation with Tim Robbins, historic audio from the Pacifica Radio Archives, and music. The Ballad of Pete Seeger is a folk perspective on the struggle for equality and justice in the labor, civil rights and peace movements in the 20th century. Part One focuses on the Pete’s life from 1955 to 2006.

Produced and Written by Mark Torres
Executive Produced by Brian DeShazor

Interviews include:
Norman Corwin live on KPFK 90.7 FM, 1968

Mario Cassetta live on KPFK, 1976

Tim Robbins and Pete Seeger, 2006

Live music recordings of Pete Seeger for Pacifica include:

If I Had a Hammer

Last Train to Nuremberg

Oh Had I A Golden Thread

John Henry

Pete singing Woody Guthrie’s Deportee and This Land Was Made For You And Me

Dinky Dai with Mario ‘Boots’ Cassetta

Viva La Quince Brigada with Tao Rodriguez Seeger

Special Thanks to Pete and Toshi Seeger
Jim Musselman of Appleseed Records
Tim Robbins
The staff at Havoc Films
Adi Gevins
Bonnie Simmons
Christopher Sprinkle
Curtis Metcalf
Tim Forrest
The Staff of 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.

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