Archive for April, 2010

FTV 208 Diane di Prima and Lewis Hill

Posted in Uncategorized, Update on April 30th, 2010

This week on From the Vault we end April and National Poetry Month with a rare 1969 recording of San Francisco’s poet laureate and first woman poet of the beat movement, Diane di Prima. But first we celebrate what would have Pacifica Radio founder Lewis Hill’s 91st birthday on May 1st with one of the earliest known recordings from Pacifica’s 61 year legacy. In 1949 when Pacifica Radio flagship station KPFA in Berkeley went on the air, Hill ended each day’s broadcast with a poem. He was passionate about poetry and was very much part of his creative contribution to the station. Today’s recording was from those early years, sometime between 1951and 1953. In this recording, Lewis Hill – in perhaps what is one few radio performances by this broadcasting pioneer – pays tribute to poet William Carlos Williams.

Then, we’ll move on to a vintage recording of acclaimed poet Diane di Prima, winner of numerous awards and Poet Laureate of San Francisco. Nearly twelve years after Lew Hill’s death, Radio Free People presented di Prima reading a chapter of an upcoming prose book Blessed are the Meek, Baby, a monologue “Zip Code”, and four-part poem “Canticle of St. Joan”. Recorded in March 1969 at St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery in New York City, this recording, and its subsequent broadcast on Pacifica Radio over forty years ago, proved the success of Lew Hill’s commitment to arts and humanities in public broadcasting.

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FTV 207 Welsh Poet Dylan Thomas

Posted in Uncategorized, Update on April 24th, 2010

This week on From the Vault, we celebrate National Poetry Month with one of the earliest recordings in the Pacifica Radio Archives collection, of perhaps the greatest Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas.

Only a year after KPFA went on the air in 1949, the station began recording Dylan Thomas. By 1952, less than a year before his death, Pacifica had recorded over seven hours of Thomas reading most of his own poetry and of others that he enjoyed. Today, we feature audio used today was recorded in 1950 at the University of California – Los Angeles, which begins with Thomas enjoying a rare moment of levity.

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FTV 206 War and Peace – The Pacifica Broadcast, Part Two

Posted in Uncategorized, Update on April 16th, 2010

This week on From the Vault, we present Part Two of The War and Peace Broadcast: 35 Years Later, a 2005 documentary which features excerpts from the 1970 historic radio broadcast and explores select re-readings by some of 2005’s contemporary artists.

At 7:15 p.m. on December 2, 1970, as the Vietnam War raged, WBAI in New York kicked off a broadcast unique in radio history: Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace read in its entirety by a star-studded cast, in celebration of the book’s 100-year publishing anniversary. This unprecedented marathon reading continued for the next four and one half days, stopping only for music breaks and nightly reports on the war.

1970 readers include Dustin Hoffman, Ann Bancroft, Mel Brooks, Julius Lester, Abbie Hoffman, William F. Buckley, Buck Henry, Carolyn Goodman and some 175 others from all walks of life. 2005 readers include Helen Thomas, Cindy Sheehan, Dr. Helen Caldicott, Arianna Huffington, Robert Fisk, Mike Farrell, Ed Asner, Shirley Knight, Count Nikolai Tolstoy (senior living member of Tolstoy family), and many others.

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FTV 205 War and Peace – The Pacifica Broadcast, Part One

Posted in Uncategorized, Update on April 9th, 2010

At 7:15 p.m. on December 2, 1970, as the Vietnam War raged, WBAI in New York kicked off a broadcast unique in radio history: Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace read in its entirety by a star-studded cast, in celebration of the book’s 100-year publishing anniversary. This unprecedented marathon reading continued for the next four and one half days, stopping only for music breaks and nightly reports on the war. This week on From the Vault, we present Part One of The War and Peace Broadcast: 35 Years Later, a 2005 documentary which features excerpts from the 1970 historic radio broadcast and explores select re-readings by some of 2005’s contemporary artists.

1970 readers include Dustin Hoffman, Ann Bancroft, Mel Brooks, Julius Lester, Abbie Hoffman, William F. Buckley, Buck Henry, Carolyn Goodman and some 175 others from all walks of life. 2005 readers include Helen Thomas, Cindy Sheehan, Dr. Helen Caldicott, Arianna Huffington, Robert Fisk, Mike Farrell, Ed Asner, Shirley Knight, Count Nikolai Tolstoy (senior living member of Tolstoy family), and many others.

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

Original source recordings used in this program:

PZ0660a-b The War and Peace Broadcast: 35 Years Later MORE INFO / PURCHASE

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FTV 204 The American Woman, Part Three

Posted in Uncategorized, Update on April 2nd, 2010

This week on From The Vault we present Part Three of a recently restored series from 1959 and 1960 called The American Woman. This comprehensive 14-part series is a masterpiece of scholarly research that profiles women in America from the colonial era in the 1600’s, through the Abolition and Suffrage Movements in the 1800’s, including the ongoing struggle of women for social justice.

Special guest commentator, Cultural Herstorian Amy Simon, guides us through Part Three of The American Woman, which profiles Margaret Fuller, author of Woman in the Nineteenth Century, considered the first major Feminist work in American when it was published in 1845.

The American Woman was preserved thanks to a grant from the American Archive Pilot Program.

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

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