On this series premiere of From the Vault, we’re celebrating the 57th anniversary of the legendary community radio network Lewis Hill founded in 1949. But instead of a typical collage of all the great clips from Pacifica’s past, we’re looking specifically at the two people who most defined the network. The first, of course, is Lewis Hill: pacifist, conscientious objector, and Pacifica’s original visionary. The second is Elsa Knight Thompson: one of the first women radio broadcasters, an award-winning journalist, and famed interviewer. These two were the spirit of Pacifica for the Network’s first 20 years. And their spirits still guide Pacifica and all listener-sponsored radio. They shared a common belief – a fundamental belief – that all opinions were entitled to an outlet, that everyone was entitled to a voice. This week, we hear theirs.
The second half of this show introduces David Moore, Lewis Hill’s son. David Moore selected one program out of the entire Pacifica Radio Archives’ vault to play raw and unedited, and we’ll hear his comments on why this particular recording is so important to him.
Archival recordings used in this week’s episode, Pacifica’s 57th Anniversary:
AZ0201 Pacifica: A Historical Look After 30 Years MORE INFO
BB0178 Pacifica Foundation Program, No. 1 MORE INFO
BB0536 KPFA’s 8th Birthday: Part 2 of the Brash Experiment MORE INFO
BB0540 Lewis Hill Tapes, Part 5 MORE INFO
BB0527.04 Alan Watts: Consciousness and Concentration MORE INFO
BC1837 Pacifica is 25! MORE INFO
SZ0161 Elsa Knight Thompson: A Remembrance MORE INFO
SZ0183b It Seemed Important MORE INFO
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