This holiday season, here at From the Vault, we’ve been diggin around for some truly exciting and eclectic seasonal programming from Pacifica’s history.
For the week of December 29, we’re going to hear a very special program produced in December 1963 by the Drama & Literature Department at Los Angeles’ KPFK. Ruth Mintz, Malke Haife Tussman, Jack Hirschman, and David Ossman read selected poems about the Jewish holiday Chanukah.
Then you’ll be treated to a Christmas special from 1942, as part of the Command Performance Radio, which produced programming for the American Troops serving “over there” during World War II. Bob Hope, young and energetic, hosts the program, with performances by icons like the Andrews Sisters and Bing Crosby. The program is funny, whimsical, and yet oddly serious at times, if only between the lines. Although this program did not originate on Pacifica Radio, it- like many other programs inside the Pacifica Radio Archives vault- was acquired through donation.
Have a safe and peaceful holiday, whatever it might be!
Archival recordings used in (and related to) this week’s episode, Holiday Season Special, Part 1:
KZ2016 Kwanzaa: A New African Holiday MORE INFO
KZ0671 Bing Crosby Christmas Special 1946 MORE INFO
BB4693 Black Christmas in Milwaukee MORE INFO
KZ0262 Command Performance with Bob Hope and Red Skelton MORE INFO
BB1367.10 FDR Speaks MORE INFO
KZ0673 The Jack Benny Christmas Show MORE INFO
PZ0262.02 ‘Tis the Season MORE INFO
BB4979 The Poetry of Chanukah MORE INFO
BC0554 Christmas with Daniel Ellsberg MORE INFO
PZ0343.052 Holiday Rituals I MORE INFO
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