Archive for January, 2011

FTV 246 Quentin Crisp – 1978

Posted in Update on January 29th, 2011

This week on From the Vault we hear from English writer and visionary thinker Quentin Crisp.

In 1978, the incomparable Crisp came to America for the first time to talk about himself, his autobiography The Naked Civil Servant, and the BBC television movie of the same name starring John Hurt as Crisp. Our first audio selection is introduced by Jessica Schuman, who spoke with Crisp in Los Angeles at the KPFK studios in 1978. In this outrageous interview, Crisp talks about becoming and being himself.

Our second selection features a bit of Quentin Crisp’s one-man show, which he performed starting in 1978 until the day he passed away in 1999 at age 91. This particular audio was recorded at the London Ambassador Theater in 1978, and during intermission theatergoers were invited to question Crisp, who responds to these inquiries with the witness the wit and wisdom that audiences had come to know and love.

Finally, we’ll speak to the man who keeps Quentin Crisp’s memory and legacy alive, Philip Ward, who was Crisp’s estate executor and literary agent.

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FTV 245 Aldous Huxley

Posted in Update on January 21st, 2011

This week on From the Vault we present a true visionary thinker who wrote and spoke as much about possible futures as he did about present events and those of antiquity: Aldous Huxley. While best known as the author of the dystopian science fiction novel Brave New World (1934), Huxley also explored psychedelic concepts in Doors of Perception (1954) and Utopian concepts in Island (1962). Pacifica Radio was on hand to record Huxley in 1959 at the campus of the University of California – Santa Barbara, as he gave a speech known as The Final Revolution, on how humanity is threatening to destroy the delicate natural balance of its existence.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.

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FTV 244 Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted in Update on January 14th, 2011

This week we present excerpts from Pacifica Radio Archives’ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. five-hour radio special. The original program features Dr. King recordings spanning 11 years from 1957 to just a few weeks before his death in 1968; in this episode of From the Vault, we’ll excerpt three of the most enduring. We begin this broadcast with longtime Pacifica producer Ambrose Lane, who introduces the earliest surviving record of Dr. King recorded by Pacifica Radio – June 24th 1957 – when Pacifica station KPFA- Berkeley recorded Dr. King at the Wheeler Hall at the University of California- Berkeley, where he delivered a speech entitled The Power of Peaceful Persuasion to students and faculty. Then we’ll hear from KPFK-Los Angeles producer Margaret Prescod who introduces an exerpt of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech America’s Chief Moral Dilemma from May 17, 1967 at the University of California- Berkeley. Finally, former host Jerry Quickley of Pacifica Radio KPFK-Los Angeles / Beneath the Surface introduces Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s last speech in Los Angeles, Men and Women In the Arts Concerned with Vietnam, from March 16, 1968.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.

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FTV 243 Jared Diamond: Collapse of Civilizations

Posted in Update on January 8th, 2011

In 1999, The Library Foundation of Los Angeles produced the Big Questions Series, which invited visionary guests to address some of the great questions of our time. Participants ranged from United States Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, performance artist Laurie Anderson, Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., poet and author bell hooks, and Pacifica Radio’s resident physicist, Dr. Michio Kaku.

One of the most illuminating presentations of the series was presented by author and Professor of Geography and Physiology at the University of California Los Angeles, Jared Diamond, who tackled the question “What do the Collapse of Past Societies Teach Us About Our Own Future?” Diamond has been awarded the National Medal of Science for his work and his book Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Society won the Pulitzer Prize.

This lecture was originally broadcast in the Pacifica Radio Archive series Voices of Pacifica and is now rebroadcast for the first time on this week’s episode of From the Vault….

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FTV 242 The Criminalization of Poverty

Posted in Update on January 5th, 2011

This week on From the Vault, we examine historical dialogue concerning the disparity between the rich and the poor in America. In 1992, writer and activist Sabina Virgo delivered a compelling address called “The Criminalization of Poverty,” which outlined how American economic policy and deregulation created enormous wealth for corporate America, but at the same time drove many Americans into poverty. First we listen to a November 2010 conversation between Pacifica Radio Archives Director Brian DeShazor and Sabina Virgo about the realities of living in a post-Reagan America and how things have only gotten worse almost 20 years later….

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.

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