Archive for December, 2008

FTV 139 Amy Goodman

Posted in Update on December 31st, 2008

“That is the responsibility of a journalist: giving a voice to those who have been forgotten, forsaken, and beaten down by the powerful.”
~Amy Goodman

In 1984, a young Harvard anthropology student named Amy Goodman enlisted as a volunteer at Pacifica station WBAI New York, and launched a career in ethical journalism which to this day remains unique in her profession. What began as a small daily radio digest called Democracy Now!, broadcast on just handful of radio stations across the country, grew into a media powerhouse now heard and seen on over 500 radio and television stations around the globe. Known as a passionate interviewer with an unassuming home-grown style, Amy has redefined the boundaries of journalism at a time when independent news is needed more than ever.

Amy Goodman’s career to date has included risking her life to cover the massacre in East Timor, turning the tables on Bill Clinton in a public relations interview that was supposed to be a pre-election ‘cakewalk’ for him, as well as focusing the spotlight of world attention on the U.S. coup-and-kidnapping of Haiti’s duly elected president, Jean Bertrand Aristide. In her own words, Goodman “goes where the silence is,” and reveals the ignored, the co-opted and the often unreported state of world affairs.

Pacifica Radio Archives and Amy Goodman have maintained a strong relationship through the years, and we have watched each other grow and prosper in amazing ways. We at the Archives are committed to preserving Amy’s recordings as an integral voice of the Pacifica Sound, and of world history. It is with great pride, then, that this week’s episode of From the Vault showcases some of Amy Goodman’s finest moments.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project.

ORIGINAL SOURCE RECORDINGS:

PZ0202 Massacre: The Story of East Timor MORE INFO / PURCHASE CD

PZ0507.11 A Passion for Survival with Dr. Helen Caldicott MORE INFO / PURCHASE CD

PZ0395a-b Amy Goodman vs. Bill Clinton MORE INFO / PURCHASE CD

PZ0550.120 Democracy Now! March 16, 2004 (Aristide) MORE INFO / PURCHASE CD

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FTV 138 Winnie-the-Pooh

Posted in Update on December 26th, 2008

The story of Winnie-the-Pooh is known – quite possibly – to everyone.The film versions of the story have been translated into nearly every language and the original books have sold – conservative estimates as of 1996 put sales over 70 million copies. And that does NOT include the four books published by Dutton press in the US and Canada, nor the foreign-language editions printed in more than 25 languages

In fact, the story is so successful that it can be argued A.A. Milne’s creation has kept the Walt Disney Company afloat during its harder times. Since Walt Disney acquired the film rights to the story in 1961, because his daughters liked Pooh so much, Pooh feature films, videos, teddy bears, and other merchandise have made incredible sums of money for Disney. It is estimated that Winnie-the-Pooh generates as much revenue as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Pluto combined.

But the story, of course, is more than money making machine. It is a timeless tale of childhood and our limitless imaginations. It is about friendship, loyalty, and doing Christopher Robin’s favorite thing, “Nothing.”

In this episode of From the Vault, we’ll hear traditional reading from the Pooh series, taken from the program Doing Nothing, produced by Elliot Gould in 1970 for Pacifica Station KPFK. We’ll also enjoy Frederick Crews reading from the The Pooh Perplex in 1964, a fictional work in every way, in the true spirit of Pooh. We’ll wrap up with a special original musical production by the Athenian School Drama Workshop, a high school production production (with all of the wit, glory, and mistakes that come with such productions) that truly exemplifies the childlike energy of Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Owl, Rabbit, Kanga and Roo.

From the Vault is proudly presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project.

Archival recordings used in this week’s episode, Winnie-the-Pooh:

BB1947 Richard Wilbur MORE INFO

BB4560 Doing Nothing / Produced by Elliot Gould MORE INFO

BC0082 Winnie-the-Pooh: A Musical / A.A. Milne MORE INFO

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FTV 137 Julio’s Holiday Special

Posted in Update on December 19th, 2008

This week on From The Vault, KPFK Arts In Review host Julio Martinez presents original productions of three holiday classics: O. Henry’s The Gift of The Magi, Dylan Thomas’s, A Child’s Christmas In Wales, and Yes Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus. Julio Martinez began his work at Pacifica in 1967 hosting an improvisation children’s program on KPFA in Berkeley, California. In 1968 he moved to Los Angeles and today is the host of KPFK’s weekly program on the arts, Arts in Review. Over the last several years Julio has teamed up with his colleague from San Francisco, Al Alu, and an array of talented actors and musicians in Los Angeles to produce a series of holiday specials, and this week we present three of the finest. This program also contains a rare live in studio performance with Julio Martinez and Al Jarreau from a 1968 recording in Pacifica Radio KPFK’s Studio A.

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FTV 136 The Campus Campaign & Mumford High School

Posted in Uncategorized, Update on December 12th, 2008

In this episode of From the Vault, BBC collaborator Joanne Griffith visits Mumford High School in Detroit, Michigan, to help launch our Campus Campaign initiative, a new project designed to bring Pacifica Radio Archives’ historic recordings out of the vault and into the classroom. Mumford High School students, working with Joanne, create an original interpretation of these recordings using music of their choosing. The result is a surprising tapestry of emotions arising from students hearing these voices for the first time. Special guest include Mumford High School Principal Linda Spight, Mumford High School Social Studies teacher Tiffany Cox, Pacifica Radio Archives Director Brian DeShazor and students from Mumford High School. This special From the Vault owes its creation to songwriter, artist, and multimedia artist Allee Willis (www.alleewillis.com), Mumford High School graduate, and dear friend of Pacifica Radio Archives.

From the Vault is proudly presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project.

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FTV 135 Jim Morrison, Poet

Posted in Update on December 5th, 2008

“Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.”
~Jim Morrison (1943-1971)

This week we’ll get a little better acquainted with the short life of rock star, poet, and icon Jim Morrison with the help of a beautiful radio documentary called Artist in Hell, produced by Clare Spark in 1971. Of course, it would be easy to focus on Morrison’s wild antics and excess, as that kind of behavior always leaves a high water mark on someone’s life for the ages to see, but instead, we’ll hear his closest friends describe the life of a tortured genius, a man with not nearly enough names for all of the colors he wished to paint. The Doors band members Robbie Krieger and Ray Manzarek speak candidly about their close friend, as do producer Paul Rothchild; while David Birnie, Digby Deal, Harvey Purr and others read from Morrison’s poetry and his Lord’s Notes On Vision.

In the second half of From the Vault, we’ll hear The Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek speaking at The Midnight Special Bookstore in Santa Monica on September 12, 1998. Manzarek speaks on The Doors and Morrison, reading selections of Morrison’s poetry, and sharing his insights and recollections on the transformation of four normal guys who met in Venice, hung out on the beach, and became one of the most legendary rock-n-roll bands the genre has yet seen.

From the Vault is proudly presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project.

Archival recordings used in this week’s episode, Jim Morrison, Poet:

BC0338a-d Jim Morrison: Artist in Hell MORE INFO

PZ0300.71 Voices of Pacifica: Ray Manzarek / Patti Smith MORE INFO

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