Archive for August, 2011

FTV 276 Audre Lorde

Posted in Update on August 26th, 2011

In this edition of From the Vault we present a newly-discovered recording of the extraordinary Audre Lorde, a black feminist and lesbian writer, poet and activist who died of breast cancer in 1992. This rare recording, made on December 12, 1980 at Barnard College in New York City, includes an early reading from Lorde’s book The Cancer Journals as well as selected poetry, laced together with Lorde’s perspective on racism, sexism, and the general lack of humanity in the world. Eileen Zelisk, host of the WBAI series The Velvet Sledgehammer (a production of the WBAI Women’s Department), introduces Audre Lorde to the audience.

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 275 James Joyce’s The Dead

Posted in Update on August 22nd, 2011

Today on From the Vault we present a short story that has stood the test of time, The Dead, from James Joyce’s classic 1914 book The Dubliners. This short story is read by the classic Irish American actress Geraldine Fitzgerald, whose Hollywood work included a starring role opposite Bette Davis in Dark Victory (1939), alongside Sir Lawrence Oliver in Wuthering Heights (1939), and Watch on the Rhine (1943).

Then we present an excerpt from Pacifica Radio’s 30th Anniversary Bloomsday broadcast featuring actor Alec Baldwin reading from Lord Alfred Tennyson’s take on Ulysses.

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 274 Gore Vidal – On the Eve of War

Posted in Update on August 13th, 2011

Today on From the Vault we visit with one of the great American authors, essayists, historians, playwrights, screenwriters, political analysts, and activists, Mr. Gore Vidal. Vidal, besides being a prolific artist of the written word, is also an eloquent speaker, and uses his gift of oration and encyclopedic knowledge of American history to educate and entertainment. In this March 18, 2003 recording, broadcast in its entirety for the first time here, Gore Vidal and Laura Flanders discuss the implications of invading Iraq just one night before the start of America’s ‘shock and awe’ campaign. We present Gore Vidal’s On the Eve of War

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 273 Jack Spicer

Posted in Update on August 4th, 2011

This week on From the Vault we present American poet Jack Spicer, one of the main drivers behind the San Francisco Renaissance, an art and literature boom that happened in around San Francisco in the 1950’s. Thanks to the efforts of poets like Jack Spicer, Kenneth Rexroth, Madelaine Glaser, Robert Duncan, Robert Creely, philosopher Alan Watts, and Beat poets Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Michael McClure, Gary Snyder, and Jack Kerouac, San Francisco became the epicenter of a creative and intellectual explosion that would influence generations of artists and scholars.

In 1954, Jack Spicer co-founded the famous Six Gallery. The birth of the Beat Poetry movement can be traced to a October 1955 poetry reading at the Six Gallery organized by Kenneth Rexroth and featuring poetry readings by Gary Snyder, Phillip Whalen, Michael McClure – as well as the debut of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl. This reading would signal the emergence of San Francisco Renaissance into the public consciousness and helped establish the city as a center for counterculture activity.

Jack Spicer died young in 1965 at the age of 40, but his legacy as an important creative force in the Beat Poetry Movement and Gay poetry movement lives on. Today on From the Vault, we present this rare classroom recording of Jack Spicer reading and teaching from his 1962 poetry book, The Heads of the Town Up to the Aether. This program was recorded on June 13th 1965, just a few months from Jack’s death.

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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