Archive for June, 2011

FTV 267 Geronimo Pratt

Posted in Update on June 24th, 2011

On this edition of From the Vault we pay tribute to Elmer “Geronimo” Pratt, who died on June 3, 2011. This decorated Vietnam War Veteran and Minister of Defense for the Los Angeles chapter of the Black Panther Party was accused and convicted of murder in 1968, despite steadfastly maintaining his innocence. Pratt served the next 27 years of his life in prison; in 1997, Pratt’s conviction was overturned when new evidence surfaced that proved the prosecution’s chief witness, Julius Butler, was a police and FBI informant who lied under oath at the trial. After reaching a multimillion dollar settlement with City of Los Angeles and the U.S. Department of Justice, Pratt dedicated his life and resources to helping men and women he believed to be wrongly incarcerated, working until his death in his adopted homeland of Tanzania. Today we present chilling testimony of human conviction and perseverance, as Geronimo Pratt shares his story of life behind bars from an October, 1997 address at Pasadena City College in California.

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 266 Pacifica Radio in the United Kingdom

Posted in Update on June 17th, 2011

This week, From the Vault heads overseas to hear how audio from the Pacifica Radio Archives is shared with the audience of BBC Radio 5 Live’s Up All Night program in the United Kingdom. Producer and host, Joanne Griffith re-spins some of her favorite cuts from the past year, including Fela Kuti, Jack Nicholson and playwright Arthur Miller.

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 265 Gay Pride Month: Christopher Isherwood

Posted in Uncategorized, Update on June 10th, 2011

To celebrate Gay Pride Month, we chose Christopher Isherwood as the focus for this episode of From the Vault. Born in England in 1904, Isherwood came to the United States in 1939 and lived in Santa Monica, California from then until his death in 1986. Isherwood’s literary career began in 1928 with the publication of his first novel, All the Conspirators, and he is probably best known for The Berlin Stories, a collection of writing that fictionalized his life in pre-World War II Berlin; this book was later adapted as the stage play I am a Camera and the popular musical Caberet.

In this program, you will hear a number of rare recordings of Christopher Isherwood, including a recording of the play “The Ascent of F-6,” written by Isherwood and W.H. Auden in 1937 (adapted, produced and performed in 1962 at Pacifica station KPFK-Los Angeles by Isherwood and Auden themselves, among others), and an address by Isherwood called “A Personal Statement,” given at the University of California- Berkeley as part of the series The Writer at Mid-Century: The Moral Crisis (1962).

Later we’re joined by Sue Hodson, curator of literary manuscripts at the Huntington Library, who discusses the significance of Christopher Isherwood and the recordings held by Pacifica Radio Archives. Hodson joined the Pacifica Radio Archives’ advisory panel in 2003 to help select 50 significant recordings to be preserved under a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts; after identifying Pacifica’s Isherwood recordings as rare and important, they were designated for preservation through this grant. Pacifica Radio Archives later donated duplicates of its restored Isherwood recordings to the Huntington Library’s Christopher Isherwood Exhibit.

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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FTV 264 Master Class in Acting with Rod Steiger

Posted in Update on June 6th, 2011

This week on From the Vault we glimpse into the mind of one of the great actors of our time…

In 1967, Pacifica Radio produced a ten-part series called The Future of American Film with some of the great and up and coming filmmakers and actors of the day including Academy Award Winning screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky, director Francis Ford Coppola, and featured actor Rod Steiger, our focus today.  Steiger is probably best known for winning the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Chief of Police Bill alongside Sidney Poitier in the 1967 Southern murder thriller In the Heat of The Night, but his career began long before, performing alongside Marlon Brando in On The Waterfront (1954), singing his own part in the Academy Award winning film version of Oklahoma! (1955), and ultimately appearing in over 100 films during his career.  In this episode, Rod Steiger discusses the joy of discovery in acting, an actor’s ability to create art and an insider’s peak at the business of Hollywood and Broadway.

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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