Archive for March, 2011

FTV 255 June Jordan

Posted in Update on March 30th, 2011

This week on From the Vault we celebrate one of the great poets of our day, June Jordan. Born in 1936 in Harlem, Jordan began writing poetry at an early age, teaching and publishing poetry up until her death in 2002.

In 1967, she began teaching poetry at the City College of New York, and in 1968 stopped by the WBAI studios for an interview with famed producer and writer Julius Lester… we’ll listen to parts of this rare interview and poetry reading.

In 1994, Jordan sat down with Pacifica Station KPFK’s Josie Catoggio, co-producer of the weekly program Feminist Magazine and gave one of her most comprehensive recorded interviews ever, from which we’ll sample choice audio.

In 1991, Jordan spoke to a massive crowd gathered in San Francisco just a week after 1991’s Gulf War began, a recording which gives us a sense of her how her civic life was an important component of her social life.

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FTV 254 Women’s Music & Poetry from the Coffeehouse

Posted in Update on March 25th, 2011

Continuing on our celebration of National Women’s History Month on From the Vault, we arrive at special recording from 1977 called From the Women’s Coffee House: A Program of Music & Poetry, a live benefit for Pacifica Station WBAI Women’s Programming in New York. Guests on the show include Folkways recording artist Suni Paz, cellist Martha Siegel, and poets Alice Walker and Sharon Thompson. It is worth noting that this event took place five years before Walker’s Pulitzer Prize winner The Color Purple was published – giving us an opportunity to experience the earlier work of a budding icon.

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 253 If You Love This Planet

Posted in Update on March 23rd, 2011

Dr. Helen Caldicott is perhaps one of the most influential environmental activists in the past 35 years. She has fought tirelessly against nuclear proliferation and industrial over-consumption, helping to found numerous groups in her Australian homeland, the United States, and Europe to address environmental and nuclear issues; one such organization, International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985. As the world struggles to come to grips with the realities of nuclear energy and natural disasters, we call on Dr. Helen Caldicott to make sense of the dangers realized and awaiting us. First, we chat with Dr. Caldicott during the height of the tsunami disaster in Japan on March 15, 2011, then we move into Caldicott’s powerful and moving 1993 speech “If You Love this Planet.”

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 252 Women Speak Out Against Fascism

Posted in Update on March 15th, 2011

On this edition of From The Vault we celebrate Women’s History month by presenting a panel from a 1969 Black Panther Party Conference entitled Women Speak Out Against Fascism. Over three days in July of 1969, the Black Panther Party invited a broad coalition of groups to participate in a three day conference called The United Front Against Fascism. What sets this conference apart from mainstream events of the time was not only the inclusion of people who worked every day to help end oppression in the community, but the also the opportunity it gave for women from different perspectives to illuminate areas in our society where inequalities ran along class, gender and often times racial lines. Today, we’ll hear from Attorney William Kunstler, then-Mayor of Oakland and future Congressman Ron Dellums, Carol Thomas of the Southern Christian Education Fund, Marlene Dixon of UCLA, Elaine Brown and Marie W. Johnson of the Black Panther Party, Penny Nakatsu, Roberta Alexander, Evelyn Harris, and Carol Henry.

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 251 Women in Film 2

Posted in Update on March 5th, 2011

No glitz, no glamour just long, blue-collar, workingwomen’s careers in the male dominated Hollywood film industry… In this episode of From the Vault we celebrate National Women’s History Month with a program devoted to two hard-working, down-and-dirty actresses from a bygone era of cinema, Spring Byington and Una Merkel. While both women were ultimately nominated for Supporting Actress Academy Awards during their silver-screen careers, their personal stories and lives remain relatively obscure to this day – after all, neither wrote an autobiography, nor were the subject of scandal or affair.

What each of these women did do, however, was to cross paths with Richard Lamparski, producer and host of the Pacifica Radio series, Whatever became of… This series was broadcast on WBAI New York and KPFK Los Angeles from 1968-1970 – delivering an unabashed oral history from aging and forgotten Hollywood actors and actresses. Byington and Merkel, like so many others, had conversations with Lamparski that not only provided precious insight into the earliest days of Hollywood, but also of the political and social environments of the day. During the 1930’s, when most women did not have professional lives and their political voices were newly developing, these two actresses represented and played the woman’s spirit to the world – in an art form called cinema. Both of these rare and insightful interviews were recorded in 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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