Archive for April, 2009

FTV 155 The Ballad of Pete Seeger, Part One

Posted in Uncategorized, Update on April 24th, 2009

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 1938 to 1955.

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.

Original source recordings used in this program:

PZ0710a-b The Ballad of Pete Seeger MORE INFO / PURCHASE

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FTV 154 Earth Day

Posted in Uncategorized, Update on April 17th, 2009

Earth Day was conceived by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1969 after taking a trip to California to observe the devastation caused by an enormous oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara. The idea was to organize celebrations around the country that would blend the presentation of academics, scholars, activists, and entertainment to concerns of worldwide pollution and inspire the cleanup of our planet. April 22nd, 1970 marked the first Earth Day celebrations across the globe– and at the festivities in New York City, Pacifica Radio was there. This week on From the Vault, we remember the first Earth Day by sharing with you historic recordings of the that pivotal day, recently restored and digitized as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project.

We’ll begin with Pete Seeger from the Main stage at Union Square in Manhattan, singing with Reverend Frederick Douglas Kirkpatrick. Then, a WBAI reporter with a portable recorder will happen upon Allen Ginsberg sitting in a lotus position holding a daisy amongst the thousands of Earth Day participants… later, Ginsberg would address the masses from the stage, as would Margaret Mead and Odetta. Finally, we’ll hear highlights from the day’s festivities, including organizers  as well as a representative from the Oil, Atomic, and Chemicals Workers Union.

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

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FTV 153 Pacifica Radio Turns Sixty!

Posted in Update on April 10th, 2009

On April 15th, 1949, Pacifica station KPFA 94.1 FM in Berkeley went on the air, introducing public sponsored community radio to America, and cementing its place in history as the steadfast anchor of the Pacifica Radio Network. Founded by Lewis Hill – a Quaker, World War II conscientious objector, and former commercial radio news broadcaster – Pacifica Radio was a new concept for listeners. It was to be supported solely by listener-sponsors, owing nothing to corporate interests or advertisers, and adhere to a mission of providing an uncensored outlet for creative expression, a forum for unpopular viewpoints, and a safe haven for artistic experiments with the radio medium.

The grand experiment continues today, with five ‘sister’ stations in San Francisco (KPFA 94.1 FM), Los Angeles (KPFK 90.7 FM), Houston (KPFT 90.1 FM), Washington DC (WPFW 89.3 FM), and New York (WBAI 99.5 FM), plus over 100 affiliate radio stations across the globe. From the storied depths of the Pacifica Radio Archives, which curates over 50,000 recordings representing sixty years of Pacifica’s broadcast history, From the Vault presents an audio celebration of Pacifica’s sixtieth birthday, featuring classic recordings of Dylan Thomas, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Lewis Hill, Alan Watts, Decca Treuhaft, Tennessee Williams, John Trudel, Harvey Milk, Edward Said, and Frank Zappa, and many more.

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

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FTV 152 Global Meltdown

Posted in Update on April 3rd, 2009

“…The accident did not occur within the nuclear reactor. The accident did not occur inside the reactor in the slightest. It was a feed pump connected to the turbine outside of the reactor area. Now, that was a failure of a piece of machinery and therefore it was an accident of a — with regard to — it wasn’t an accident. It was just a failure of a piece of machinery. There’s no relationship between that and what is thought of as a nuclear accident.”
~Don Curry, chief spokesman for Metropolitan Edison, working the media spin on the morning of March 28, 1979.

Twenty four hours later, under intense public pressure:
“We concede that it’s not just a little thing,” ~Don Curry

At 4:00 am on Wednesday, March 28, 1979, the worst commercial nuclear accident in the history of the United States began to unfold amidst the unsuspecting residents of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. As the event progressed over the days, it became clear that Americans had serious questions about the safety of nuclear power, the ability of the government to effectively regulate the nuclear industry, and the long term affects of nuclear energy on the enviroment. Fallout from this nuclear accident, both literally and figuratively, continues to radiate throughout political, environmental, and moral concerns to this day.

It all began when a single water pump failed in Three-Mile Island’s Unit 2, a malfunction that precipitated a catastrophic chain of events in which massive amounts of radioactive matter were released into the atmosphere surrounding the facility. The ensuing widespread public panic quickly turned to outrage as residents of the area and government officials demanded answers from within a dark of cloud of misinformation and confusion. The event itself witnessed a meltdown of its own: complete communications chaos.

This week on From the Vault, we’re once again featuring the chilling documentary Accidents Will Happen, an uncompromising look at the miasma created by Three-Mile Island nuclear facility. Produced by Alan Snitow and Aileen Alfandary, this incredible piece includes actuality on ground, statements by public relations staff for the utility company, physicists, politicians, President Carter, and consumer advocates — on what actually happened and what the effects were locally and nationally. Accidents Will Happen challenged the conventional nuclear wisdom of that day, and layed the foundation for a heated debate that is still very much a part of politics today.

We’ll also hear renowned nuclear activist and Dr. Helen Caldicott weigh in on the issues of nuclear energy and global warming. Dr. Caldicott co-founded the Physicians for Social Responsibility, an organization of 23,000 doctors committed to educating their colleagues about the dangers of nuclear power, nuclear weapons and nuclear war.

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

Archival programs used in this week’s episode, Global Meltdown:

AZ0193 Moscow Press Coverage of Three Mile Island Accident / produced by William Mandel BUY NOW!!

AZ0192 Accidents Will Happen / Produced by Alan Snitow and Aileen Alfandary BUY NOW!!

SZ0018 Early Warnings: Voices from Three-Mile Island BUY NOW!!

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