Archive for April, 2011

FTV 259 Aram Saroyan and Poetry

Posted in Update on April 30th, 2011

This week on From The Vault, as we wrap-up National Poetry Month,
we speak with poet and author Aram Saroyan, who takes us on a journey through poetry, from Dylan Thomas in the early 1950’s to Ginsberg’s groundbreaking poem Howl in 1956 and beyond, encountering poets that have made lasting impressions in the Literary World.

Born in 1943 to Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and author William Saroyan and Carol Grace, Aram would turn to writing at an early age. In 1965 Aram would win an award from the National Endowment for the Arts their first year as an entity for his single-word poem “lighght” (spelled with an extra “gh”). This would trigger a firestorm of controversy from conservative Congress members for the use of public funding for the Arts.

Aram Saroyan would continue to write poetry as well write about the many poets who made important contributions to the craft of poetry. He has written books on the Beat Poets, interviewed Jack Kerouac for the Paris Review, and penned one of the most intimate books ever written about his late father called Last Rights.

Throughout this episode, we will hear poetry from Dylan Thomas, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Charles Bukowski, Jack Kerouac, Diane di Prima, John Giorno, Jim Carroll, and William Saroyan.

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 258 Dial a Poem

Posted in Update on April 22nd, 2011

This week on From the Vault we celebrate National Poetry Month by presenting a 1975 program called Dial a Poem, the brain child of artist John Giorno.

As a native New Yorker, John Giorno would have lived an ordinary and anonymous big-city life if it wasn’t for his chance meeting with Andy Warhol in 1962 at Warhol’s first New York Pop Art Exhibit. The two men become lovers; Giorno starred as the fateful subject of Warhol’s infamous film Sleep – and secured his presence and influence in the art community. In 1965, Giorno formed a non-profit production company called Giorno Poetry Systems to provide a venue for the avant-garde in New York and beyond. By 1968, Giorno had funneled the talent around him into a venture called Dial a Poem, where dialing any of several published phone numbers and hear a recorded poem recited by any one of Giorno’s many friends, including all-stars like Anne Waldman, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs. It was a natural transition in 1975 when Giorno brought Dial a Poem to the airwaves of WBAI in New York – and the roster of participating poets had now grown to seventy-five. In this episode of From the Vault we present some of the very best poems from this amazing WBAI radio series hosted by Charles Ruas and Lynda Perry.

Special thanks to poets Jack Spicer, Diane DiPrima, Allen Ginsberg, Ted Berrigan, Helen Adam, William S. Bouroughs, Aram Saroyan, Maureen Orlen and John Giorno.

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 257 Pacifica’s Labor Teach-in

Posted in Update on April 15th, 2011

Pacifica Network programming continues with a special edition of From the Vault… this week, we share Pacifica Radio Archives’ contribution to the Pacifica Labor Teach-in national broadcast. The Pacifica Labor Teach-in was intended to stimulate dialogue on important labor issues such as unions and membership, working conditions and employee rights, and wage disparity between the rich and the working class. Using a mix of historic recordings from Pacifica Radio’s broadcast legacy, this episode of From the Vault brings a historical context into the labor discussion.

We’ll hear selections from Pacifica documentaries about the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Company Fire and the 1934 San Francisco Waterfront Strike, seminal events in labor history. We’ll also explore how May Day celebrations manifest themselves in different ways here at home and around the world – as author and activist Sabina Virgo weaves together the evolution of May Day to include the fight for peace, equality, and justice.

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 256 Pacifica’s Nuclear Energy Teach-in

Posted in Update on April 8th, 2011

On this special edition of From the Vault we join the five Pacifica Radio stations as part of a national ‘Nuclear Energy Teach-in and Compassion for Japan’ broadcast. With the possible release of massive amounts of radioactive material from Japanese nuclear energy facilities affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the Pacifica Network is dedicating today’s broadcast to help clarify the consequences of this serious situation and to reassess the role of nuclear energy in our global society.

The Pacifica Radio Archives has contributed to this effort by presenting a mix of historic recordings from Pacifica’s broadcast legacy that give context to the discussion. Audio components in this episode include Lord Bertrand Russell from 1958 speaking on the morality of nuclear weapons, a debate between atomic scientists Linus Pauling and Edward Teller from 1961, reports from the near-catastrophic nuclear accidents in 1979 at the Three Mile Island power plant, a 1984 message from Coretta Scott King against nuclear weapons, selections from the 1979 Survival Sunday event against nuclear weapons, and a 2007 Survival Sunday reunion between musicians Graham Nash, Bonnie Raitt, and Jackson Browne.

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.

PURCHASE a copy of this program or learn more about and purchase copies of the historic archival recordings used within this episode. To purchase a CD copy of this program by phone, please call Pacifica Radio Archives at 800.735.0230 x 262.

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